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Post-Show: Episode 17

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

35:17 min | 2 years ago

Post-Show: Episode 17

"Gentlemen, welcome to. Wanting. Yes, we are back time now for the most popular and fastest growing mixed martial arts post show. This is hone his MA potion on a very busy Monday, October fifteenth, two thousand eighteen regular show. Just wrapped up any better name for that. Like that's the first show of the day is the second show regular post show. I don't know. But anyhow, that just wrapped up. We spoke to George saint-pierre today we spoke to you on nj check. We spoke to the great Daniel cormier we spoke to dust Emporia. We spoke to the king Umbro's, Matt riddle too many people, some rising stars bell tower Mandel. Oh, Mike Kimball. So a lot to discuss as far as today is concerned. A lot to discuss as far as the past week is concerned. There's a whole lot going on. Of course here as always is Mr. near Rick himself, who sort of I feel kind of you're kind of settling into the new look. Well, I think it looks a lot more like you now. I think it was the facial hair growing a little bit. I looked like an adult at this point, you feel better. Still miss my hair. Okay. But once able to grow it out to something that I that I enjoy will be okay, but you feel a little more comfortable? It was the new norm I've moved on and now and now I'm a new man. You know, it's funny. I said, of course we're here as always near a creek, lest we forget and I just found out about this two minutes ago near creek not going to be here the next two weeks leaving behind dry. What am I gonna do might I've no idea. I'm supposed to do this for Jake. My you could do worse. Nightmare. That would be my sister in law is getting married and look. I'm going to be struggling in Wii. It's going to be tough, but I'll get them out which part she's in a wa who she's in Honolulu. So Tober twenty-second Tober twenty-ninth. You will be there. Maybe. Maybe draw the line and see if you guys. We did that how you're doing. It was horrible. We tried to get your wife to come on. She she has. She's not worth cow. He actually stiff arm us as she was in the bed and she hid under the cover. Yeah, literally. All right. Well, this is a bit sad. Not really sure what we're gonna do, but we have next week to think about it the upcoming week. I should say. Okay. We have lots of the Scott and yes, to be honest, Jake is trying to wrap us quick. I'm trying to make go long. I'm actually kind of freight to go home. Why is that. Well, if you don't thank you for asking. Yeah, I've been keeping this all day. There's a member of my family who owns a dog. For various reasons. He can't own the dog anymore. Okay. We have now on a suit. Against by best wishes. I think as of like an hour or so ago a dog owner and I'm petrified, and I'm dreading going home. What kind of dog are we talking about here? The cutest dog in the history of dogs. We're talking to small small ish. Actually, you could follow her on Instagram cloud. Her name is much a hell Wani. And I think she's our dog and I must say, I am petrified. I'm terrified. I've, I never thought I'd be a dog person, and I think as of like three o'clock, she's at our house and I just don't know what to do. So I'm hoping to go at least two hours here on the potion. Most importantly, what? What are the kids think of the kids are flipping out like so happy? Yeah, over the moon, I think you dying. You have no choice law. What? I'm the responsible one. Sure. They're not going to be. Yes, I can't pick up someone else's poop. I clean my own kids poop and and you know what? I'm happy with it. All bathe in it. It's okay. I'm fine with that. If it was socially acceptable, I would do that. But a dog I'm just not a dog person. I'm just not a Middle Eastern Middle Eastern people aren't dog people. That's what I've been told to do it for the kids. Yeah. Well, I'm scared so I just wanted to share that with all I get it. Yeah. So we'll see what goes. What goes on with the dog stay tune this time next week? Doc. Owner, sharks are nice, but I just feel like I've been sort of like, you know, not yours. No, tremendous. Cute dog, but I'm just really worried. Also, I just want to tell you that I was with my kid my whole family, and we're eating pizza yesterday and my son. I swear on my life by son. Oliver said, I'm going to try to eat this. Chris. I, I, he said backwards, I but I was like, what are you saying? Christopher's? And he's like, yeah, Chris furs. And I'd never told him about this movement and he actually said it. That means that it is being made in. Yeah, it is permeating the culture. I think it's true and then I went on YouTube and I typed in Chris, I and there's a lot of Chris, I examples out there. This movement will not be contained, but this movement, I didn't realize dates back like twenty five years. Our president is across. I did. You know that I saw that in a in a commercial, but what I think happened is maybe there has been some time travel and they have gone back to support this movement now that we are moving forward with it. I mean, it's it's a real thing. It's picking up momentum for sure. I wanna try that if there's any pizza companies out there that wanna get involved, just let us know. Will be a layup. Look for the cat. Take this one, this one or that one, that one, that one. We have all these cameraman here. So it gets confusing. I'm not sure which one is, you know manning Yasha. Okay. Bill tour this weekend. We had Connecticut. We had Long Island. Yeah, Connecticut was way better card. I think it ended up being that way. Yeah, in terms of in terms of result and finishes and things like that, for sure, Long Island crowd. If I'm being honest, was a little bit and bring it. I mean, Jake was Saint beforehand. He's he's very proud to be from Long Island. They're gonna kill it. They're going to do so great. It's going to be such turn out. Being honest, it was a bit of a dud, has a bit of talk down about strong clunker of a crowd. Now me not a good crowd, not a good show. They've built the built, the culture in Connecticut, where they've gone regular visits. It's no surprise. That card would be one that would would be better. As also, as you said the results of the card. I just think it was a cartoon also. I don't like the back shows. Yeah, I don't wanna see that. Those two would have been one car too much on the Saturday fully. We stayed at the party a little too long. Yeah, you know, it's like no, just put the the semi finals of the same night. We know at the end of the night, you don't have the roster to sustain two cards in one weekend in my opinion. Yeah. And there's a certain obvious, small contingent who's China even do both, and that's tough. That's a tough. What do you think of the final. I think it was going to be something like this. I mean, there's no. I'm not surprised by these two being in the final surprise baiters in the final a little surprise fitters in the final. Got brutally knocked out by metro on a year ago. Remember we were all saying he's done. Frank. MIR might not come out, you know, I was not saying no, no, I wasn't buying that fit. Or is the favorite in both in both of those you think this is the best case scenario for them? That's an interesting question. Chill winning the tournament would have been the best case scenario for them because he's still there most marketable star? Yes, he is in many respects, like one of the faces. Right? Certainly also he can promote. He does interviews. Does the heavy lifting that fate or cannot do Ryan beater? Not because of the way he fights just cannot do. I think it would have been best case scenario for chilled Awin. Okay. So that's what I'm really have. You said that because that's why I feel like the the fight fixing claims accusations. Yeah, ridiculous. Because if they were gonna fix the fight for one person, it would be to win, not for or now there could be an argument to be made to say that he's also adept at building other people because he can putting them over his promotion, his his battling with them the same way Conor McGregor battling with people will create another, but the best argument against fight fixing is if they were to fix the fights, you'd probably not want shale to get his clock cleaned in the first ten seconds. That's probably not the best way. That you want that to go? There's probably easier ways to do it. I don't buy the allegations of fixing. I don't understand why it continues to be thing around shale. I, you know, I think more than anything. He's proven that in certain circumstances, there will be a tactical error that that he'll make that will lead to this. And I think Tito Anderson Silva with failure. It just happens where he tries something and it doesn't work. But I think it is a it is a product of what people think about the Bella tour product that this continues to come up. That is what I think it's like I don't. I think their lack of being able to build, you know, superstrong divisions and not their fault. They're newer company. They're trying to do that. And championship belts, not being something that is necessarily the primary motivation for every fighter that's going there has and also inserting what will call at this point. I'll call it a legends legends fights into the main events over for example. Putting anything above. That Rory Reema fight in Inglewood and says, what your motivations are. If you're going to be a company whose whose building itself on reputation, then that would be the minute. The championship fight would be the main event and that would eliminate some of those those feelings. And now I don't necessarily I, as I said, I feel that they're grounded in nothing the accusations of fixing grounded in nothing, but it also doesn't help that two weeks leading into the fight. Chill is talking about fixed fights that fate ores had in the past and pride. Like there's just a culture that is swirling around it that I don't think is helped. Never. I think it will ever. I don't think it does now, but I think as they get further and further away from what is considered sport, what is considered fair? What is considered going there. Going going towards that. And I think it will happen if Conor McGregor versus Josie, Aldo happen inventory guarantee you people have said fixed. I don't doubt that wiser double standard. I'll tell you why. I think people are paid to go online and perpetuate this narrative that there are paid. Posters do this. It happens all the time. It's a thing. I don't think it's impossible. I definitely think that that's a possibility. I think that's probably not happening. And I also think fixing is probably not happening. That is my stance. It's very knowing every time it goes away quickly, knowing great fight, chill went in there. I think a little too aggressively. Yeah. God his clock clean and then kept. It was actually in some respects, like one of his more press performances because most people get hit like that from fatal or no dead. They're done. Yeah. And then he kept going, then there was the, you know, the impressive reversal and all that stuff it. He screwed up. He made a mistake. Yeah, he made a mistake. It cost them, but I think chill was was tougher than people would have thought myself included. I thought if that's how the first bit of that fight played out, I thought shell would have been out of their stoppage. Yeah, yeah. And I think shale winning would have been the best result for bell tour. Because as I mentioned, you know the marketing potential and just the idea of him being the mouthpiece for this, but it would be nice if a heavyweight won't it. It'd be nice if fate or one, if an actual heavyweight one at versus baiter coming in as the light heavyweight champion and one in motion to because now you have Minakov coming back and it's just hard for someone to fight that many times defend to belt. Yeah. So you go through this whole process and the guy who's not going to be a consistent heavyweight? Yeah, not not ideal. If eight or wins it, I think you get you get a pretty decent outcome there, but what baiter Michio supremely impressive. Oh, there's no doubt that manhandle a guy of that size and essentially not get hit. Yep. I know the fans were Noida booed and stuff, but there is art to that. No. Bater has proven himself to be amongst the top light heavyweights in the world, not Bela Tor, not undoubtedly. He is a very impressive as a light heavyweight and fighting against heavyweights as well. I want the easiest fight. Easiest fight in the vision. I want Ryan Bater. That was the. That was great and coordinate took it head on today. Yeah, Sergei Ivanov finished. When I knock out for ROY in which he was knocked out was the last one was two thousand fourteen Mark hunt. Yeah, we're years ago, Corey Browning, defeating Kimba, slice junior baby, slice not a good performance from baby slice talked about Mandel. Now we talked about my Kimball Benson Henderson with a wind check Congo with a win all in all thought it was. It was solid. There's lots of discusses a lot that I just for Bill to are there some new faces fresh blood. I just have one plea for the good folks over at bell tower. Just one one request, and it's not a big request. Just one. Let's hear it. Please retire the fater sweater. No more. No muss I'm done yet. No more. We have turned this very cool thing that a couple of noticed Hayes int he wearing the same and all these photos. We've turned this into almost this gimmick where were mocking him like enough. Fortunately, I think it is done right. They are selling the actual. We're gonna bring. Back in. It's like we're parading around with it. Yeah, ring girls are wearing it with with all due respect like this, Amanda tire. It's it's not like his jersey or anything like that. This is something that a you've noticed, and I know people will say, they'll say like, oh, didn't you ask him for it? Yeah, in like two thousand nine? Yeah, ten years ago. I I was bringing this up enough with the sweater, please. Let's just it's you have you have you have killed that horse? Yeah, the horses dead, please. No more. It actually feels uncomfortable feels like he's being mocked beyond him being mocked. It's just not funny anymore. What was funny about it was that it was Nisha that it was an NGO now it's not an injured anymore. If you continue to make it something that you're going back to going back to the well too many times. So it's no longer joke. I'm fine with the sweater. You know, being phased out but to their credit, I think they're raising money for charity with the sweater being sold and now will be done with it. Let's let's finish with that. Speaking of not funny speaking of no more speaking of net. Versus floyd. We kill this before. It actually becomes a thing. Now sitting here, I felt the same way about Greg. Because we did it. We did that we went through, but before we did it before we did listen one of the most respected voices in the game, right? Daniel Cormie when data Cormie is saying no, please? No. When Daniels say his coach, his friend, his l. copy ten as he put it when he saying no, no. Listen, honestly, it feels like he's copying Connor. Do your own thing, man, follow your own path. Where your view would it sell. So what if we may whether pushes this forward look, it took to detangle right, Connor and Floyd push that together and they made it happen. I don't think I don't think that Floyd and Habibul push this forward together. Floyd Mayweather is going to just make a living. Beat up for a lot of money. It's not funny for money might actually do bad things to himself. This happens. Yeah, I look, do I wanna see it? I don't. I honestly I didn't wanna see Connor versus Floyd that much. I don't even wanna see this headline. Look. I don't wanna see this as a thing going on right now. There's too much at stake. There's too many interesting things. The other thing was it doesn't really make sense for hubby like this was a fight that will no not from a financial perspective. But like Habib has been this guy who's built himself up, built himself up, built himself up. Couldn't get to that mountaintop and then finally did. And now he's beaten. Connor. He's kind of put that to rest. I think he's building a legacy here in lightweight in you have see and building. This thing Conor McGregor was the one who's always looking elsewhere. He's always looking for the new avenue the new way to make money, the new route it is in the persona. It is in the story, this is not. This is not what hub is. Also, I want to look to Habib to be sort of. Like citing so the fifty cent thing the WWE. Yeah, that'd be my brother, you know? Yeah, you are amazing. You're one of the greatest ever Pieria. Right? You're twenty seven and spit them -able. You don't need to do this stuff. Yeah. And this playbook has already been played out. We'll also things above all this. They were odds floating out odds out there. What are the what is plus nine hundred is this on the air to have to repeat the okay MS. You're shy plus nine hundred Floyd Mayweather juniors minus two thousand teams like easy money on Floyd, but I think what Mead Habib so popular heading into this fight with Connor was because he was the foil because he was the opposite. I don't think leaning into the things that Connor has already done or is continuing to try to do is the way to to get that popularity and continue that. I think he just needs to be who he is continued, dominating, lightweight face the next comer dominate them, say where my challenges I've nobody left. I'm just destroying these guys and be that and be that that guy what a weird week in the last week, like the whole DC Lewis thing happening poor d. as gets canceled, you wanna Valentinas back on Eubanks is pissed off at the world including me and now fighting on the card card against Roxanne. Montazeri hubby. Habib issues and ultimate them. So if you fire my guy, I'm out yet the fifty cent thing beeps with Ladimir Putin. Now, Dylan Dana's Lobov's thing on the card against Michael Johnson of all people. It's just, I don't know, just feels like the fallout Connors, like parading around town with his whiskey, throwing footballs in the middle of Cowboys stadium. It just was a weird week. I don't know how to describe it very weird week, and it's also interesting how the entire fallout is kind of revolving around the sport. Meanwhile, Connor is off doing what he wants to do, not even giving, you know. Care in the world and loses better than Connor. Now he just he's just doing his thing and laughing at all, doesn't need, doesn't need to get to get bogged down in the the minute that is happening. Then we may new cycle hanging out with Drake at the concert hanging out in the media. And and Jerry Jones with a huge smile on his face. Why not? It's all good deal. Danis. The most hated man in the sport. People hate Dylan down as the greatest thing built needs. The book I hear they're talking maybe December, but they need the book ASEP. That's another in joke that I like for the moment, but we need to Dylan well the, the Dylan Scott Coker being like, oh partners, okay. For it's good for now, let's let's not kill that one. Do it smartly. The rematch is happening. You know it's coming like like right away. It's got poor, Tony, Ferguson. Ferguson, he'll be there for importing up Ed. I mean, the fact that Tony Ferguson has to fight another fight and especially it's like. Oria here here you go enjoy. Yeah, amidst all of that. Yeah, the midst all that. The return of the King John Jones, Alexander Gusta since back in the midst of all of this, perhaps somewhat of a return to normalcy that was the fight to make in my opinion a couple years ago, let alone for the return. So you still like it now. Hell you don't. I mean, I would have wanted DC and Jones. I don't think you had to do Derek Lewis versus Daniel. Don't think the fans were clamoring for that yet, but I think it's a great fight. I'm all for it. I'm all for that fight, but I don't think you had to do that. Of course not. I would've done. I mean. Earned that spot in my opinion. But I would have done Cormie and Jones. If it wasn't going to be New York, it's, you know, Jones wasn't going to be ready, wasn't gonna. Save. That card looks like we heard Daniel say the same thing in the Daniel did. But I would have done DC and Jones. I'm not mad at gust of sin Jones, a love that fight, but I think the time has passed for that. What are you talking about time has passed. It's been so long ago the windows that's not a short, the short amount of time. These two are different guys. That's why I wanna see it. I would've wanted to see it when they were the same guys, but we didn't. So now you're just going to say, I'm good. I wanna see if not DC, but I would have wanted to see d- Jones a lot more really read if the battle, what wait a lot more light, heavy. Really. DC ever fight. I don't think we'll have that problem. That's done the only time I wanna see them as heavyweight and says, he's not going down. And since he has a busted hand, this was the fight to make those. No, I don't think you need to make a fight with a guy with a busted hand. No, Gus for Joan. Oh yeah. I would have waited for DC and Jones. Don't test to fight come on. They changed the whole you side just of come back. Look, I maybe I'm representing it wrong because I like us of sin and Jones, very hipster about this. No, I like us newness cyborg once you man who who knows what? Alexander gust of sin even as fighter on a long time. Like I don't know who he is two thousand seventeen. I would've liked to see one more from him before. I mean, even John Jones has fought somebody like I would have liked to see somebody in in that timeframe. But yeah, I'm still on board with it for me. DC Jones is the is the money. That's that's what I want. Speaking of the money, Eddie Alvarez who has way one surprise. No, and I think he's the right type of candidate for move like this, right? Like he got the UFC belt. He's been a guy throughout his career who has fought for the underground king as as you've called them enzymes. Bill tour for all those promotions. What more does he have to prove in the leg division? Does he need to go through more wars with with us envoy like to to prove anything keys? If BJ Penn is not the best lightweight ever and some people will still think that I personally don't anymore. Actually, I think the is the guy now if any Alvarez, not the best lightweight ever. He's two three somewhere in that range. Go get paid, go do your thing. Like I think he's, he's the perfect candidate for something like this. I think many of those guys made that move to Bella tour. I think one of see opening the. Door for that to be a reality in a possibility is great. And I think that that's where he belongs. Here's my prediction. We're going to do predictions at the end of the year year. Two thousand nineteen is going to be a massive year for one, they just got a big cash infusion, but it's just I suspect they'll be a much bigger player in the free agent game. They're going to be much more. This is a sign of things come this massive deal and make no mistake about. I saw so people crapping on Eddie. This is not been aspirin, no, to your point, Eddie. Did it all? Yeah, you got the built. He made the million dollars. He headline MS g he got the Bill to her belt. He got the league's all this stuff. So if anything, this new challenge a. b. Eddie's getting paid and he's back into the career, not going to say he's at the the the twilight on the back. Nine, if you will get paid man. Absolutely. As opposed to ask you get paid for the easy fights. Like I'm all for that. Yeah, you get paid for the lesser fights. If you will, less competition, tremendous aspirin, I think people upset about because we don't know how good he could have been. We're at the time when he signed after leaving Beltre's like, man, you're in your prime. Like, let's see you go out there and get the best people upset. This is completely daddy. Did it did exactly what that was removed that he can do got to the top of the mountain and now he's going to get paid. I think that this is a perfect scenario. I think he's still a guy that like can put on exciting fights. We've seen in every single fight. He's been in for the last four or five fights. He still willing to trade you still willing to throw bomb. So I think he's he's still valuable product man kind of a little bit, you know, of a left field thing. I think people thought he'd resign or maybe he'd go to Bill tour, but Eddie going back to Asia appears to be. Very close who don't deal PFLP. Moving along. They have their third playoff event. I missed it this past weekend. I saw the highlights, of course, video mongo. Yes. And and some others with some great performances Sean O'Connell but going on the same night is built or that was trying to do it back to back back back and it seems like people are enjoying the events. I just feel like they're the time they need to be on Thursday or something like that where they're not going up to the people because I think other people are just going to, you know, just going to watch the more stabbed Branson's Fabien. Edwards signed with belts where that's a big signing for them. He is the brother of Leon Edwards. I quit to lead to that fight. Great. I think that's a nice way to end the UFC on FOX relationship. These have been circling each other for a long time. It's it's time to finally have this happen, and Ryan flare retires to Ryan the flare Long Island zone. It's it's, it's a relatively quiet weekend coming up. And maybe this week will be quite one. There's PF l. is elevate cage words, but no. Bill to our? No, you of c. next event is the one in Moncton New Brunswick, and that is the one that is headlined by Anthony Smith against volcanoes. Demure hopefully owes MIR fights. He's had three flights canceled this year, but right now it's a little quiet and I like, yeah, I'm okay with that. Anything you wanna say before Jake, Jake is like all word. He's telling me to wrap wrap, rapper. Getting a little like trigger happy there with the music, the wrapping and everything. The lights are flickering. Jake. Let's get a collapse on us. There's nothing to say areas already set. Everyone comes up to me. Oh, can I just say just tell everyone. It appears as though courtesy of our friends over. Who reported I I may junkie. I think it was a mate junkie. The full card for the Ladele or yes. Card is out a chocolate del versus TT's through today's shallow sh three that's happening of course on November do as of course I don't even know what November twenty four th Inglewood California. Here's the card. Kenneth Berg against hor Higgins Alice Glycel's Hiba against eth- Ryan Escobar Cadarache wile Watson against Ricardo Palacios Doron win against Tom Lawlor filthy, Tom j Silva against Oscar cutter and let me see swing buds. Anyone of note new KENDALL grove, you can grow their Dave Terrell Craig Wilkerson. Yeah. So some names on it. Forty nine ninety. Nine u. n. are you in a way. What forty nine ninety? Nine. That's that's a hefty price of a hefty price for the paper you look. I mean ultimately this card was going to be. Are you paying for Tito versus Chuck? I don't think there was any. I don't think there's enough free agents out there that they were going to be able to stack this. This undercard with anything that may fans. We're gonna say, I'm gonna plop down for it. So this had to be fourteen ninety nine twenty nine. Yeah, or nineteen hundred ninety should say, but not. I mean come on to me, this screams of the type of fight that people want to steal. Unfortunately like this is the type that people want to see, but they're gonna look for an illegal way to get it versus popping down for the pay per view because it really is Tito versa. Chuck. That's what you're getting. So unfortunately, I think that that price point is too high. If you bring that down, I think may fans are in way too high. That's like ten fifty dollars cheaper than a UFC. Yeah, I think look at that price point. I think people are going to be looking for streams which is which is not what they want to do. I don't. That they filled out the undercard horribly because I mean, there's there's not a dearth of talent out there. This is really what what is left. But there's some recognizable names, just nobody that people are paying forty ninety nine, four last thing after you heard what he said today, George period, does he ever fight again? Yeah, you think so. I think they're gonna throw enough money atom. It's really. I mean, we look at the look at the the way they bent backwards to make a main event for UFC two-thirty which had a main event which had a main event already, but I think they knew they were. They were done that that was off. Remember. If they, if they did it from start to finish promoting that as the main event, I think we would have gotten enough of the way there that everything would have been. In in better order than it became at a certain point where it became a scramble to find a main event pulling Valentina Shevchenko off one card onto another. Now she's back. I think at some point they will throw enough money at George. Do you think the hippie fight is so good, but I don't want to necessarily campaign for because they're not gonna give it, and I think it's unfair to twenty Ferguson, but man, if there was no clear co contender, I would love that. And I know George would love that the only three division knowledge that just to see him fight given the style matchup twenty seven and all that stuff. Like just from forget belts, I don't really care if George doesn't fight for the bout. I just wanna see if he can figure out. I think the belt is the biggest motivating factor. Forget the belt. I just wanna see figuring out who so dominate so good. He's such a great wrestler, we so relentless can George keep him standing maybe with his. I don't know what a great fight. Do you think? Does he fight fight again after today? Man? Yeah. It seemed like he was leaning toward the kind of guy who liked tips as fell. He was tipping hand toward time. Yeah. Like if you study the way he speaks and you study how he's talked to us over the years, like he doesn't like to say, I'm done you. Remember back in two thousand thirteen you did say are and I felt for the first time he was kind of like really wanna go through this again, but it was a luminated what he told you was that one he's done. He's done. He's done. He's not done yet. Yeah, so we'll see p nice. Says it on, look after after Conor. Yeah, Tony Ferguson. Light, we contenders kind of been knocking each other off like it's not like there's a clear cut pecking order. It's not like there's a cute like we had welterweight for a little while. It seemed like everybody was in the welterweight title picture. At this point. It's Tony. It's Connor that's really dusted in need or hovering around there, but it's not like they have the classic huge claim. George could easily slide in there the you have what would be the ones I think that would object. In that case. I don't think they'd be willing to offer him another belt that he can walk away. It's Dan in particular salty over the fact that he gave up the welterweight title. But if that's a fight that they can sell, I think George versus Habib is something that might happen. Man, George Hobie, Matt riddle, Brock listener and super fights talked about ten tyrant Woodley versus Georgia appealing fight to me. I just don't think he wants to do it. So that's why I don't even talk from Georgia's perspective. I don't know why he needs that fight. He, I think again, I think it comes down to him wanting to stab a legacy that nobody else will be able to touch or or has been able to touch to this point. Having a third belt in a different division would be big would be huge. I think bigger deal than having their titles beating being the first one to be hubby. That's a bigger deal. Yeah, that's a massive deal. The Bill. That's also they don't mean anything anymore. Tough task. I know, but that's. That's why I want to send is that is be. Tend to be to be Georgia Ferguson Ferguson, really? I disagree. Undoubtedly disagree. Jake break the tie. With what you weren't even listening, you have no idea we're deciding at a it. Yeah. No, I think it's Tony way George. Saint-pierre George saint-pierre. Yeah, you're you're bringing everything that he's done in his career into the cage. Whereas Tony, Tony is the guy now towards impure. That's the fight. I think stylistically he does create some problems, dental Cormick. So the post show. Do you think this time. Weaken row, let you could show we, we wrap. We wait for Daniel core made a call to call the show. Yeah, love it. Hopefully not out of the fight boy. Feel like now I have to answer will come after. Yeah. All right. Well, there you have it funday cross. I Chris, I will miss you. Thank you two weeks. So the next time you're back in here, November Cormie Lewis will have already happened. Holy smokes. Yeah. Think about all the stuff that's going to happen in the next two weeks. Oh, I know it's actually three weeks really. I'll be on the the beach with mine. Tie your for three weeks. I've been taking a three week break. I'm not gone for three weeks for ten total days this week. I'm not God this week and then another we. That's not. That's not how time works. Saying when he says he'll something's up. Time to wrap this bad boy. Okay. What do you say Jake take this home? Take us home Jacob. Well, at least checked it better than the Long Island crowd because it was not a great. It was not a great showing on their part on on Friday. I'm not trying to say that it was like, yeah, ethically bad, but it just it felt a little void of. For the main event? Yeah, on fire. Everyone. I mean, fatal comes out, Joe comes out, people are standing up. People are loving it, and it was great fight. I mean, it was nonstop fun. Just the back to back. So we shall see, we shall see. All right, so great day. Great show. Great fun. Thanks to all who tuned in. Thanks well, who checked in a Gretz all the big winners. This past weekend. Sergei Mandel. Kimble Vinson Congo Congo turning back the clock. Golly. Gee, yeah. Big one. Yeah, Ryan Bater versus favorably Neko January twenty six Inglewood California. All kinds of hysteria in the world of MA. Let us pray for a quiet week, a stress free wreak a drama free week. Let's just pray for some normalcy. All right. Enjoy your trip. Aloha Mahalo you'll miss you all of you. I'll be here have no fear. I never leave you. I'll never let you down CNN week again. If you missed anything. I tune Stitcher all those places and more pace. I love you all.

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Post-Show: Episode 17

Ariel Helwani's MMA Show

35:17 min | 2 years ago

Post-Show: Episode 17

"Gentlemen, welcome to. Wanting. Yes, we are back time now for the most popular and fastest growing mixed martial arts post show. This is hone his MA potion on a very busy Monday, October fifteenth, two thousand eighteen regular show. Just wrapped up any better name for that. Like that's the first show of the day is the second show regular post show. I don't know. But anyhow, that just wrapped up. We spoke to George saint-pierre today we spoke to you on nj check. We spoke to the great Daniel cormier we spoke to dust Emporia. We spoke to the king Umbro's, Matt riddle too many people, some rising stars bell tower Mandel. Oh, Mike Kimball. So a lot to discuss as far as today is concerned. A lot to discuss as far as the past week is concerned. There's a whole lot going on. Of course here as always is Mr. near Rick himself, who sort of I feel kind of you're kind of settling into the new look. Well, I think it looks a lot more like you now. I think it was the facial hair growing a little bit. I looked like an adult at this point, you feel better. Still miss my hair. Okay. But once able to grow it out to something that I that I enjoy will be okay, but you feel a little more comfortable? It was the new norm I've moved on and now and now I'm a new man. You know, it's funny. I said, of course we're here as always near a creek, lest we forget and I just found out about this two minutes ago near creek not going to be here the next two weeks leaving behind dry. What am I gonna do might I've no idea. I'm supposed to do this for Jake. My you could do worse. Nightmare. That would be my sister in law is getting married and look. I'm going to be struggling in Wii. It's going to be tough, but I'll get them out which part she's in a wa who she's in Honolulu. So Tober twenty-second Tober twenty-ninth. You will be there. Maybe. Maybe draw the line and see if you guys. We did that how you're doing. It was horrible. We tried to get your wife to come on. She she has. She's not worth cow. He actually stiff arm us as she was in the bed and she hid under the cover. Yeah, literally. All right. Well, this is a bit sad. Not really sure what we're gonna do, but we have next week to think about it the upcoming week. I should say. Okay. We have lots of the Scott and yes, to be honest, Jake is trying to wrap us quick. I'm trying to make go long. I'm actually kind of freight to go home. Why is that. Well, if you don't thank you for asking. Yeah, I've been keeping this all day. There's a member of my family who owns a dog. For various reasons. He can't own the dog anymore. Okay. We have now on a suit. Against by best wishes. I think as of like an hour or so ago a dog owner and I'm petrified, and I'm dreading going home. What kind of dog are we talking about here? The cutest dog in the history of dogs. We're talking to small small ish. Actually, you could follow her on Instagram cloud. Her name is much a hell Wani. And I think she's our dog and I must say, I am petrified. I'm terrified. I've, I never thought I'd be a dog person, and I think as of like three o'clock, she's at our house and I just don't know what to do. So I'm hoping to go at least two hours here on the potion. Most importantly, what? What are the kids think of the kids are flipping out like so happy? Yeah, over the moon, I think you dying. You have no choice law. What? I'm the responsible one. Sure. They're not going to be. Yes, I can't pick up someone else's poop. I clean my own kids poop and and you know what? I'm happy with it. All bathe in it. It's okay. I'm fine with that. If it was socially acceptable, I would do that. But a dog I'm just not a dog person. I'm just not a Middle Eastern Middle Eastern people aren't dog people. That's what I've been told to do it for the kids. Yeah. Well, I'm scared so I just wanted to share that with all I get it. Yeah. So we'll see what goes. What goes on with the dog stay tune this time next week? Doc. Owner, sharks are nice, but I just feel like I've been sort of like, you know, not yours. No, tremendous. Cute dog, but I'm just really worried. Also, I just want to tell you that I was with my kid my whole family, and we're eating pizza yesterday and my son. I swear on my life by son. Oliver said, I'm going to try to eat this. Chris. I, I, he said backwards, I but I was like, what are you saying? Christopher's? And he's like, yeah, Chris furs. And I'd never told him about this movement and he actually said it. That means that it is being made in. Yeah, it is permeating the culture. I think it's true and then I went on YouTube and I typed in Chris, I and there's a lot of Chris, I examples out there. This movement will not be contained, but this movement, I didn't realize dates back like twenty five years. Our president is across. I did. You know that I saw that in a in a commercial, but what I think happened is maybe there has been some time travel and they have gone back to support this movement now that we are moving forward with it. I mean, it's it's a real thing. It's picking up momentum for sure. I wanna try that if there's any pizza companies out there that wanna get involved, just let us know. Will be a layup. Look for the cat. Take this one, this one or that one, that one, that one. We have all these cameraman here. So it gets confusing. I'm not sure which one is, you know manning Yasha. Okay. Bill tour this weekend. We had Connecticut. We had Long Island. Yeah, Connecticut was way better card. I think it ended up being that way. Yeah, in terms of in terms of result and finishes and things like that, for sure, Long Island crowd. If I'm being honest, was a little bit and bring it. I mean, Jake was Saint beforehand. He's he's very proud to be from Long Island. They're gonna kill it. They're going to do so great. It's going to be such turn out. Being honest, it was a bit of a dud, has a bit of talk down about strong clunker of a crowd. Now me not a good crowd, not a good show. They've built the built, the culture in Connecticut, where they've gone regular visits. It's no surprise. That card would be one that would would be better. As also, as you said the results of the card. I just think it was a cartoon also. I don't like the back shows. Yeah, I don't wanna see that. Those two would have been one car too much on the Saturday fully. We stayed at the party a little too long. Yeah, you know, it's like no, just put the the semi finals of the same night. We know at the end of the night, you don't have the roster to sustain two cards in one weekend in my opinion. Yeah. And there's a certain obvious, small contingent who's China even do both, and that's tough. That's a tough. What do you think of the final. I think it was going to be something like this. I mean, there's no. I'm not surprised by these two being in the final surprise baiters in the final a little surprise fitters in the final. Got brutally knocked out by metro on a year ago. Remember we were all saying he's done. Frank. MIR might not come out, you know, I was not saying no, no, I wasn't buying that fit. Or is the favorite in both in both of those you think this is the best case scenario for them? That's an interesting question. Chill winning the tournament would have been the best case scenario for them because he's still there most marketable star? Yes, he is in many respects, like one of the faces. Right? Certainly also he can promote. He does interviews. Does the heavy lifting that fate or cannot do Ryan beater? Not because of the way he fights just cannot do. I think it would have been best case scenario for chilled Awin. Okay. So that's what I'm really have. You said that because that's why I feel like the the fight fixing claims accusations. Yeah, ridiculous. Because if they were gonna fix the fight for one person, it would be to win, not for or now there could be an argument to be made to say that he's also adept at building other people because he can putting them over his promotion, his his battling with them the same way Conor McGregor battling with people will create another, but the best argument against fight fixing is if they were to fix the fights, you'd probably not want shale to get his clock cleaned in the first ten seconds. That's probably not the best way. That you want that to go? There's probably easier ways to do it. I don't buy the allegations of fixing. I don't understand why it continues to be thing around shale. I, you know, I think more than anything. He's proven that in certain circumstances, there will be a tactical error that that he'll make that will lead to this. And I think Tito Anderson Silva with failure. It just happens where he tries something and it doesn't work. But I think it is a it is a product of what people think about the Bella tour product that this continues to come up. That is what I think it's like I don't. I think their lack of being able to build, you know, superstrong divisions and not their fault. They're newer company. They're trying to do that. And championship belts, not being something that is necessarily the primary motivation for every fighter that's going there has and also inserting what will call at this point. I'll call it a legends legends fights into the main events over for example. Putting anything above. That Rory Reema fight in Inglewood and says, what your motivations are. If you're going to be a company whose whose building itself on reputation, then that would be the minute. The championship fight would be the main event and that would eliminate some of those those feelings. And now I don't necessarily I, as I said, I feel that they're grounded in nothing the accusations of fixing grounded in nothing, but it also doesn't help that two weeks leading into the fight. Chill is talking about fixed fights that fate ores had in the past and pride. Like there's just a culture that is swirling around it that I don't think is helped. Never. I think it will ever. I don't think it does now, but I think as they get further and further away from what is considered sport, what is considered fair? What is considered going there. Going going towards that. And I think it will happen if Conor McGregor versus Josie, Aldo happen inventory guarantee you people have said fixed. I don't doubt that wiser double standard. I'll tell you why. I think people are paid to go online and perpetuate this narrative that there are paid. Posters do this. It happens all the time. It's a thing. I don't think it's impossible. I definitely think that that's a possibility. I think that's probably not happening. And I also think fixing is probably not happening. That is my stance. It's very knowing every time it goes away quickly, knowing great fight, chill went in there. I think a little too aggressively. Yeah. God his clock clean and then kept. It was actually in some respects, like one of his more press performances because most people get hit like that from fatal or no dead. They're done. Yeah. And then he kept going, then there was the, you know, the impressive reversal and all that stuff it. He screwed up. He made a mistake. Yeah, he made a mistake. It cost them, but I think chill was was tougher than people would have thought myself included. I thought if that's how the first bit of that fight played out, I thought shell would have been out of their stoppage. Yeah, yeah. And I think shale winning would have been the best result for bell tour. Because as I mentioned, you know the marketing potential and just the idea of him being the mouthpiece for this, but it would be nice if a heavyweight won't it. It'd be nice if fate or one, if an actual heavyweight one at versus baiter coming in as the light heavyweight champion and one in motion to because now you have Minakov coming back and it's just hard for someone to fight that many times defend to belt. Yeah. So you go through this whole process and the guy who's not going to be a consistent heavyweight? Yeah, not not ideal. If eight or wins it, I think you get you get a pretty decent outcome there, but what baiter Michio supremely impressive. Oh, there's no doubt that manhandle a guy of that size and essentially not get hit. Yep. I know the fans were Noida booed and stuff, but there is art to that. No. Bater has proven himself to be amongst the top light heavyweights in the world, not Bela Tor, not undoubtedly. He is a very impressive as a light heavyweight and fighting against heavyweights as well. I want the easiest fight. Easiest fight in the vision. I want Ryan Bater. That was the. That was great and coordinate took it head on today. Yeah, Sergei Ivanov finished. When I knock out for ROY in which he was knocked out was the last one was two thousand fourteen Mark hunt. Yeah, we're years ago, Corey Browning, defeating Kimba, slice junior baby, slice not a good performance from baby slice talked about Mandel. Now we talked about my Kimball Benson Henderson with a wind check Congo with a win all in all thought it was. It was solid. There's lots of discusses a lot that I just for Bill to are there some new faces fresh blood. I just have one plea for the good folks over at bell tower. Just one one request, and it's not a big request. Just one. Let's hear it. Please retire the fater sweater. No more. No muss I'm done yet. No more. We have turned this very cool thing that a couple of noticed Hayes int he wearing the same and all these photos. We've turned this into almost this gimmick where were mocking him like enough. Fortunately, I think it is done right. They are selling the actual. We're gonna bring. Back in. It's like we're parading around with it. Yeah, ring girls are wearing it with with all due respect like this, Amanda tire. It's it's not like his jersey or anything like that. This is something that a you've noticed, and I know people will say, they'll say like, oh, didn't you ask him for it? Yeah, in like two thousand nine? Yeah, ten years ago. I I was bringing this up enough with the sweater, please. Let's just it's you have you have you have killed that horse? Yeah, the horses dead, please. No more. It actually feels uncomfortable feels like he's being mocked beyond him being mocked. It's just not funny anymore. What was funny about it was that it was Nisha that it was an NGO now it's not an injured anymore. If you continue to make it something that you're going back to going back to the well too many times. So it's no longer joke. I'm fine with the sweater. You know, being phased out but to their credit, I think they're raising money for charity with the sweater being sold and now will be done with it. Let's let's finish with that. Speaking of not funny speaking of no more speaking of net. Versus floyd. We kill this before. It actually becomes a thing. Now sitting here, I felt the same way about Greg. Because we did it. We did that we went through, but before we did it before we did listen one of the most respected voices in the game, right? Daniel Cormie when data Cormie is saying no, please? No. When Daniels say his coach, his friend, his l. copy ten as he put it when he saying no, no. Listen, honestly, it feels like he's copying Connor. Do your own thing, man, follow your own path. Where your view would it sell. So what if we may whether pushes this forward look, it took to detangle right, Connor and Floyd push that together and they made it happen. I don't think I don't think that Floyd and Habibul push this forward together. Floyd Mayweather is going to just make a living. Beat up for a lot of money. It's not funny for money might actually do bad things to himself. This happens. Yeah, I look, do I wanna see it? I don't. I honestly I didn't wanna see Connor versus Floyd that much. I don't even wanna see this headline. Look. I don't wanna see this as a thing going on right now. There's too much at stake. There's too many interesting things. The other thing was it doesn't really make sense for hubby like this was a fight that will no not from a financial perspective. But like Habib has been this guy who's built himself up, built himself up, built himself up. Couldn't get to that mountaintop and then finally did. And now he's beaten. Connor. He's kind of put that to rest. I think he's building a legacy here in lightweight in you have see and building. This thing Conor McGregor was the one who's always looking elsewhere. He's always looking for the new avenue the new way to make money, the new route it is in the persona. It is in the story, this is not. This is not what hub is. Also, I want to look to Habib to be sort of. Like citing so the fifty cent thing the WWE. Yeah, that'd be my brother, you know? Yeah, you are amazing. You're one of the greatest ever Pieria. Right? You're twenty seven and spit them -able. You don't need to do this stuff. Yeah. And this playbook has already been played out. We'll also things above all this. They were odds floating out odds out there. What are the what is plus nine hundred is this on the air to have to repeat the okay MS. You're shy plus nine hundred Floyd Mayweather juniors minus two thousand teams like easy money on Floyd, but I think what Mead Habib so popular heading into this fight with Connor was because he was the foil because he was the opposite. I don't think leaning into the things that Connor has already done or is continuing to try to do is the way to to get that popularity and continue that. I think he just needs to be who he is continued, dominating, lightweight face the next comer dominate them, say where my challenges I've nobody left. I'm just destroying these guys and be that and be that that guy what a weird week in the last week, like the whole DC Lewis thing happening poor d. as gets canceled, you wanna Valentinas back on Eubanks is pissed off at the world including me and now fighting on the card card against Roxanne. Montazeri hubby. Habib issues and ultimate them. So if you fire my guy, I'm out yet the fifty cent thing beeps with Ladimir Putin. Now, Dylan Dana's Lobov's thing on the card against Michael Johnson of all people. It's just, I don't know, just feels like the fallout Connors, like parading around town with his whiskey, throwing footballs in the middle of Cowboys stadium. It just was a weird week. I don't know how to describe it very weird week, and it's also interesting how the entire fallout is kind of revolving around the sport. Meanwhile, Connor is off doing what he wants to do, not even giving, you know. Care in the world and loses better than Connor. Now he just he's just doing his thing and laughing at all, doesn't need, doesn't need to get to get bogged down in the the minute that is happening. Then we may new cycle hanging out with Drake at the concert hanging out in the media. And and Jerry Jones with a huge smile on his face. Why not? It's all good deal. Danis. The most hated man in the sport. People hate Dylan down as the greatest thing built needs. The book I hear they're talking maybe December, but they need the book ASEP. That's another in joke that I like for the moment, but we need to Dylan well the, the Dylan Scott Coker being like, oh partners, okay. For it's good for now, let's let's not kill that one. Do it smartly. The rematch is happening. You know it's coming like like right away. It's got poor, Tony, Ferguson. Ferguson, he'll be there for importing up Ed. I mean, the fact that Tony Ferguson has to fight another fight and especially it's like. Oria here here you go enjoy. Yeah, amidst all of that. Yeah, the midst all that. The return of the King John Jones, Alexander Gusta since back in the midst of all of this, perhaps somewhat of a return to normalcy that was the fight to make in my opinion a couple years ago, let alone for the return. So you still like it now. Hell you don't. I mean, I would have wanted DC and Jones. I don't think you had to do Derek Lewis versus Daniel. Don't think the fans were clamoring for that yet, but I think it's a great fight. I'm all for it. I'm all for that fight, but I don't think you had to do that. Of course not. I would've done. I mean. Earned that spot in my opinion. But I would have done Cormie and Jones. If it wasn't going to be New York, it's, you know, Jones wasn't going to be ready, wasn't gonna. Save. That card looks like we heard Daniel say the same thing in the Daniel did. But I would have done DC and Jones. I'm not mad at gust of sin Jones, a love that fight, but I think the time has passed for that. What are you talking about time has passed. It's been so long ago the windows that's not a short, the short amount of time. These two are different guys. That's why I wanna see it. I would've wanted to see it when they were the same guys, but we didn't. So now you're just going to say, I'm good. I wanna see if not DC, but I would have wanted to see d- Jones a lot more really read if the battle, what wait a lot more light, heavy. Really. DC ever fight. I don't think we'll have that problem. That's done the only time I wanna see them as heavyweight and says, he's not going down. And since he has a busted hand, this was the fight to make those. No, I don't think you need to make a fight with a guy with a busted hand. No, Gus for Joan. Oh yeah. I would have waited for DC and Jones. Don't test to fight come on. They changed the whole you side just of come back. Look, I maybe I'm representing it wrong because I like us of sin and Jones, very hipster about this. No, I like us newness cyborg once you man who who knows what? Alexander gust of sin even as fighter on a long time. Like I don't know who he is two thousand seventeen. I would've liked to see one more from him before. I mean, even John Jones has fought somebody like I would have liked to see somebody in in that timeframe. But yeah, I'm still on board with it for me. DC Jones is the is the money. That's that's what I want. Speaking of the money, Eddie Alvarez who has way one surprise. No, and I think he's the right type of candidate for move like this, right? Like he got the UFC belt. He's been a guy throughout his career who has fought for the underground king as as you've called them enzymes. Bill tour for all those promotions. What more does he have to prove in the leg division? Does he need to go through more wars with with us envoy like to to prove anything keys? If BJ Penn is not the best lightweight ever and some people will still think that I personally don't anymore. Actually, I think the is the guy now if any Alvarez, not the best lightweight ever. He's two three somewhere in that range. Go get paid, go do your thing. Like I think he's, he's the perfect candidate for something like this. I think many of those guys made that move to Bella tour. I think one of see opening the. Door for that to be a reality in a possibility is great. And I think that that's where he belongs. Here's my prediction. We're going to do predictions at the end of the year year. Two thousand nineteen is going to be a massive year for one, they just got a big cash infusion, but it's just I suspect they'll be a much bigger player in the free agent game. They're going to be much more. This is a sign of things come this massive deal and make no mistake about. I saw so people crapping on Eddie. This is not been aspirin, no, to your point, Eddie. Did it all? Yeah, you got the built. He made the million dollars. He headline MS g he got the Bill to her belt. He got the league's all this stuff. So if anything, this new challenge a. b. Eddie's getting paid and he's back into the career, not going to say he's at the the the twilight on the back. Nine, if you will get paid man. Absolutely. As opposed to ask you get paid for the easy fights. Like I'm all for that. Yeah, you get paid for the lesser fights. If you will, less competition, tremendous aspirin, I think people upset about because we don't know how good he could have been. We're at the time when he signed after leaving Beltre's like, man, you're in your prime. Like, let's see you go out there and get the best people upset. This is completely daddy. Did it did exactly what that was removed that he can do got to the top of the mountain and now he's going to get paid. I think that this is a perfect scenario. I think he's still a guy that like can put on exciting fights. We've seen in every single fight. He's been in for the last four or five fights. He still willing to trade you still willing to throw bomb. So I think he's he's still valuable product man kind of a little bit, you know, of a left field thing. I think people thought he'd resign or maybe he'd go to Bill tour, but Eddie going back to Asia appears to be. Very close who don't deal PFLP. Moving along. They have their third playoff event. I missed it this past weekend. I saw the highlights, of course, video mongo. Yes. And and some others with some great performances Sean O'Connell but going on the same night is built or that was trying to do it back to back back back and it seems like people are enjoying the events. I just feel like they're the time they need to be on Thursday or something like that where they're not going up to the people because I think other people are just going to, you know, just going to watch the more stabbed Branson's Fabien. Edwards signed with belts where that's a big signing for them. He is the brother of Leon Edwards. I quit to lead to that fight. Great. I think that's a nice way to end the UFC on FOX relationship. These have been circling each other for a long time. It's it's time to finally have this happen, and Ryan flare retires to Ryan the flare Long Island zone. It's it's, it's a relatively quiet weekend coming up. And maybe this week will be quite one. There's PF l. is elevate cage words, but no. Bill to our? No, you of c. next event is the one in Moncton New Brunswick, and that is the one that is headlined by Anthony Smith against volcanoes. Demure hopefully owes MIR fights. He's had three flights canceled this year, but right now it's a little quiet and I like, yeah, I'm okay with that. Anything you wanna say before Jake, Jake is like all word. He's telling me to wrap wrap, rapper. Getting a little like trigger happy there with the music, the wrapping and everything. The lights are flickering. Jake. Let's get a collapse on us. There's nothing to say areas already set. Everyone comes up to me. Oh, can I just say just tell everyone. It appears as though courtesy of our friends over. Who reported I I may junkie. I think it was a mate junkie. The full card for the Ladele or yes. Card is out a chocolate del versus TT's through today's shallow sh three that's happening of course on November do as of course I don't even know what November twenty four th Inglewood California. Here's the card. Kenneth Berg against hor Higgins Alice Glycel's Hiba against eth- Ryan Escobar Cadarache wile Watson against Ricardo Palacios Doron win against Tom Lawlor filthy, Tom j Silva against Oscar cutter and let me see swing buds. Anyone of note new KENDALL grove, you can grow their Dave Terrell Craig Wilkerson. Yeah. So some names on it. Forty nine ninety. Nine u. n. are you in a way. What forty nine ninety? Nine. That's that's a hefty price of a hefty price for the paper you look. I mean ultimately this card was going to be. Are you paying for Tito versus Chuck? I don't think there was any. I don't think there's enough free agents out there that they were going to be able to stack this. This undercard with anything that may fans. We're gonna say, I'm gonna plop down for it. So this had to be fourteen ninety nine twenty nine. Yeah, or nineteen hundred ninety should say, but not. I mean come on to me, this screams of the type of fight that people want to steal. Unfortunately like this is the type that people want to see, but they're gonna look for an illegal way to get it versus popping down for the pay per view because it really is Tito versa. Chuck. That's what you're getting. So unfortunately, I think that that price point is too high. If you bring that down, I think may fans are in way too high. That's like ten fifty dollars cheaper than a UFC. Yeah, I think look at that price point. I think people are going to be looking for streams which is which is not what they want to do. I don't. That they filled out the undercard horribly because I mean, there's there's not a dearth of talent out there. This is really what what is left. But there's some recognizable names, just nobody that people are paying forty ninety nine, four last thing after you heard what he said today, George period, does he ever fight again? Yeah, you think so. I think they're gonna throw enough money atom. It's really. I mean, we look at the look at the the way they bent backwards to make a main event for UFC two-thirty which had a main event which had a main event already, but I think they knew they were. They were done that that was off. Remember. If they, if they did it from start to finish promoting that as the main event, I think we would have gotten enough of the way there that everything would have been. In in better order than it became at a certain point where it became a scramble to find a main event pulling Valentina Shevchenko off one card onto another. Now she's back. I think at some point they will throw enough money at George. Do you think the hippie fight is so good, but I don't want to necessarily campaign for because they're not gonna give it, and I think it's unfair to twenty Ferguson, but man, if there was no clear co contender, I would love that. And I know George would love that the only three division knowledge that just to see him fight given the style matchup twenty seven and all that stuff. Like just from forget belts, I don't really care if George doesn't fight for the bout. I just wanna see if he can figure out. I think the belt is the biggest motivating factor. Forget the belt. I just wanna see figuring out who so dominate so good. He's such a great wrestler, we so relentless can George keep him standing maybe with his. I don't know what a great fight. Do you think? Does he fight fight again after today? Man? Yeah. It seemed like he was leaning toward the kind of guy who liked tips as fell. He was tipping hand toward time. Yeah. Like if you study the way he speaks and you study how he's talked to us over the years, like he doesn't like to say, I'm done you. Remember back in two thousand thirteen you did say are and I felt for the first time he was kind of like really wanna go through this again, but it was a luminated what he told you was that one he's done. He's done. He's done. He's not done yet. Yeah, so we'll see p nice. Says it on, look after after Conor. Yeah, Tony Ferguson. Light, we contenders kind of been knocking each other off like it's not like there's a clear cut pecking order. It's not like there's a cute like we had welterweight for a little while. It seemed like everybody was in the welterweight title picture. At this point. It's Tony. It's Connor that's really dusted in need or hovering around there, but it's not like they have the classic huge claim. George could easily slide in there the you have what would be the ones I think that would object. In that case. I don't think they'd be willing to offer him another belt that he can walk away. It's Dan in particular salty over the fact that he gave up the welterweight title. But if that's a fight that they can sell, I think George versus Habib is something that might happen. Man, George Hobie, Matt riddle, Brock listener and super fights talked about ten tyrant Woodley versus Georgia appealing fight to me. I just don't think he wants to do it. So that's why I don't even talk from Georgia's perspective. I don't know why he needs that fight. He, I think again, I think it comes down to him wanting to stab a legacy that nobody else will be able to touch or or has been able to touch to this point. Having a third belt in a different division would be big would be huge. I think bigger deal than having their titles beating being the first one to be hubby. That's a bigger deal. Yeah, that's a massive deal. The Bill. That's also they don't mean anything anymore. Tough task. I know, but that's. That's why I want to send is that is be. Tend to be to be Georgia Ferguson Ferguson, really? I disagree. Undoubtedly disagree. Jake break the tie. With what you weren't even listening, you have no idea we're deciding at a it. Yeah. No, I think it's Tony way George. Saint-pierre George saint-pierre. Yeah, you're you're bringing everything that he's done in his career into the cage. Whereas Tony, Tony is the guy now towards impure. That's the fight. I think stylistically he does create some problems, dental Cormick. So the post show. Do you think this time. Weaken row, let you could show we, we wrap. We wait for Daniel core made a call to call the show. Yeah, love it. Hopefully not out of the fight boy. Feel like now I have to answer will come after. Yeah. All right. Well, there you have it funday cross. I Chris, I will miss you. Thank you two weeks. So the next time you're back in here, November Cormie Lewis will have already happened. Holy smokes. Yeah. Think about all the stuff that's going to happen in the next two weeks. Oh, I know it's actually three weeks really. I'll be on the the beach with mine. Tie your for three weeks. I've been taking a three week break. I'm not gone for three weeks for ten total days this week. I'm not God this week and then another we. That's not. That's not how time works. Saying when he says he'll something's up. Time to wrap this bad boy. Okay. What do you say Jake take this home? Take us home Jacob. Well, at least checked it better than the Long Island crowd because it was not a great. It was not a great showing on their part on on Friday. I'm not trying to say that it was like, yeah, ethically bad, but it just it felt a little void of. For the main event? Yeah, on fire. Everyone. I mean, fatal comes out, Joe comes out, people are standing up. People are loving it, and it was great fight. I mean, it was nonstop fun. Just the back to back. So we shall see, we shall see. All right, so great day. Great show. Great fun. Thanks to all who tuned in. Thanks well, who checked in a Gretz all the big winners. This past weekend. Sergei Mandel. Kimble Vinson Congo Congo turning back the clock. Golly. Gee, yeah. Big one. Yeah, Ryan Bater versus favorably Neko January twenty six Inglewood California. All kinds of hysteria in the world of MA. Let us pray for a quiet week, a stress free wreak a drama free week. Let's just pray for some normalcy. All right. Enjoy your trip. Aloha Mahalo you'll miss you all of you. I'll be here have no fear. I never leave you. I'll never let you down CNN week again. If you missed anything. I tune Stitcher all those places and more pace. I love you all.

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UF 365: Dominick Reyes, Lauren Murphy, and Derrick Lewis

UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra

48:49 min | 1 year ago

UF 365: Dominick Reyes, Lauren Murphy, and Derrick Lewis

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Derek Lewis Fighting Lear Latifi and that is the first fight on the main car. What an amazing car? That's happening Saturday. This really great. It's GONNA be Great. I'm reading are we talking to Lauren. Murphy I I don't know in order to be honest DOMINIC MIGHT BE I. I don't okay all it goes. I'm reading Lord Murphy like tweeted about macy easy bobber loss to Roxanne Monetary. She tweeted her. Get off the fucking Mike you Spoiled Brat. Yes she did. Did what I you know. I think a lot of them were a little irritated with macy. I don't know why I thought that Roxanne Montazeri I think basically blamed her injury more than she credited. Roxanne's skill I WANNA hear you're I want to get dominic colon is going yeah. Let's get dominant guy. I want to hear why she called her a spoiled Brat. I'm curious about that a to what's going on here. Interesting God. Fuck what does that Hannibal Lecter. He's in a massage table. What's going on whose finger take your finger dominic? Oh you understand what it would be. If I was on a massage table I could never do a skype getting a massage. Goddamn right so did you just work out or what. What are you getting massaged? I'm getting a nice relaxing massage right now. The hotel is any place particular sore. Like as your has your back bothering you or your WanNa what I say that right before the fight but the chill out so nothing bothers me. I'm just yeah just get loose man. Okay yeah like the treat myself every once in wild do you. Do you like to do that. Just go to a spine relaxing taking care of her as a purely at a physical necessity to go respond. Get taken care of actually as optus can take care of your body. You only get one. Yeah now all right. The body's doing great. How's the mind this is a a I can't see? It's a huge fight. That's under stager. Are you ready to shock. The fucking world dominic raise hell. Yeah Man I believe all Saris Fuck Angela right. It's fucking true to dangerous city for dangerous city for a champion Jimmy. Yup fucking Houston. You know and you know and talk about a night of because we also have with Valentine's I've Janko again geoghegan. Yeah what if the underdogs take it deal. Feel like an underdog I mean. Fuck Dominic your undefeated. Nobody best did you. Yeah I mean I. I'm aware I'm an underdog I'm not. There's no secret to it. I don't feel like I'm the favourite you know but I man I know what I'm capable of and I'm not worried I'm not worried one bit. How do you mentally approach fighting a guy like John who like you know? He's he's known has has been able to figure out how how to beat him. He's beaten every style of fighter everything. Somebody's thrown out. I mean he's had an answer for so mentally. How do you approach fighting? A guy who has seemed impenetrable. It's it's pretty simple Mana just got to be the best version of yourself. That's all you can really do anyway. You know I can't be more than I am. So I'm just going to be the best version of Dominic race. Yeah I have more wrinkles because I'm learning new stuff every day. I'm pretty young in sports sports. Still so it's gotta be complete gotta be complete got just gotta go. It's more of a not not like letting letting him dictate the fight and fighting your fight and not letting him say okay. WE'RE GONNA go slow right now. Okay we're GONNA go fast right now you fight how you fight. And don't let him bully you a lot of guys get bullied out there. And it's like I'm not gonNA take everything that he gets to this by he's going to have to earn. I'm not giving them anything he's going to have to take you know there's an interesting moment I think it's in your embedded and I the the show you just watched the leading up Were they were showing a clip of Jones. I think it was fighting. Gust of Senate I think Rogan said John doesn't like being pushed backwards. Like I think it was. I think it was Gustafsen. who was marching him? Backwards Elliott talking about not allowing him to kind of get into a rhythm and tell you where it's going to go. Yeah it's just it's not pushing them back it's just not letting him get into a rhythm or the. Obviously we get into a rhythm as it goes on we adapt but It's just breaking up those patterns breaking up those rhythms. You know dictating how I want it to be dictated. He's not used to guys going in there and imposing their will on him. You think he's sleeping on you. What do you think I don't? I don't think he's sleeping on me if he is. That'd be cool but he's you know he's he's a very smart smart fighter. He's not in the top for the last ten years. No reason So I don't think he's sleeping on yeah But I think he knows he knows that I'm a I'm a very actual threat to his throne. And he he said something about and it might have been on Rogan show. He said something about how he would fight a certain way to almost leave himself excusive. He lost like he didn't he didn't. It seemed very properly in shape against over Saint Pruning Forum. So I think he's made that mistake already far sleeping on somebody and you're twelve and all and the were you been knocking people out. I don't think he's walking into this not ready for what you know. I mean he knows that you could knock him out literally I mean and if not like I said better for me then he'll have to use it after the fly and then Louis rematch so this time on the east side you know. How is it training training for him? Because again he has he throws so many different. Looks whether it's at a bleak kick or or you know the fact that he can wrestle the fact that dangerous with his elbows he seems like a difficult guy to find one one training partner who can match. Yeah Bill that a little bit interesting Challenge that we face We brought in a couple of different specialists. That were taekwondo guy or you know just a very long guy or you know different style of athletes and it was interesting but You just got to be really sharp. At estimating thing it's been really sharpened understanding what he could hurt you with from Every position and then understanding what to do when you see different movement out of him as far as spends and stuff and you had expressed I think it was. There's an interview about his history of pokey. Made you a little bit concerned. Well nobody was guy. I want to see so. Oh He's kind of stories for pokes And I think it's it's less about the I folks it's more about you know if his fingers are my face then. I'm knocking to be able to go full speed. You know like how many people could are willing to run their face into some is. I mean fingers. Is You know. So it's it's more about that and not like him kind of stopped me from Glenn Pool speed by pointing fingers face. Do you think the referees have him closes hand fast enough or do you think they let it usually go a little bit longer than they should. I'm not sure I mean we'll see on on on Saturday. I don't I don't really I hope is not an issue but We'll see now I'm interested good. Go ahead Well he's I'll just say I'm best case scenario at the non-issue I'm interested in John. Jones's approach approach at this fight because dominic is extremely hard to hold down extremely powerful with punches. If if you're a betting man you'd I think he's looking to put you down. Take you down. If he wants to waste a bunch of energy. I mean he could do that green tea he's keeping he say minded minded backup so we so we work a lot of just worst positions getting out of people on your back getting out out of people mounted some people. They'll just never be mounted. Are you starting from worst positions a lot and your and your training. That's most of my training. Yes USS Shark tank style. Where it's I'm in a terrible position and then I get out and then we start with the first guy right away like over and over and over and over again? That's good Jimmy. That's good Jim. Yeah it is I mean again. He's a hard guy to train for but again so are you. And I think he's aware of your power so I don't think he's looking at you lightly so you're probably going to have a fully psychologically when when you deal with him because he was interesting to watch you guys on stage together and you said something something where you you said you think that his you think is confident for the little sugar. You said you felt insecurities coming off him. Yeah what do you think that I have no idea. I know that he was I don't know I just saw that. I I didn't see like this super powerful guy that super confident in himself in his sure of himself you know he he saw that. I'm a real threat and do the eradicate them a bit. The eyes don't lie. I mean maybe he's looking into dominates is is and saying all right this dudes maybe he sends out. This guy's unafraid to me right. And that's what you said you said he's probably look Jimmy and a lot of people's eyes and said all right right this like almost like Mike Tyson. When again I kind of like all right? This guy's this guy's before it's thoughts but he might be seeing something in this. Young Young Lions is Jimmy. It looks like he's looking to a big fucking P call though. This is a really funny because I can't look at us in a toilet seat exactly so it's kind of weird now. It looks like a woman's hair anyway. You seem ready. I mean mental. You seem I mean. Nobody ever says they're afraid before five. You seem as calm as I've seen anybody who stepped into a big situation mental. You see like you're prepared pared you've got to have fun then you're going to be serious all the time. There's a moment the life that requires different emotions they. I'm not fighting him today. Luneau enjoy enjoy every day every moment. This is it during the Harper. Their own get. I'm not going to be able to get the lock. Now do what I love. You know. When I'm older is is not going to? It's just I I take truly enjoy it and and there's I don't really see a reason to be all the freaked out and stressed out about it like I love it. Why be freaked out and and this by particular? I'm such an underdog that I get to be so free. You know I got nothing holding me back. There's nothing to lose. I have everything to gain. All I have to do is go out there and show my my whole heart you know. Yeah and I love it now. Eighty everybody's different in the locker room home fifteen minutes before you walk and maybe one or two fights before your fight. How do we feel like normally in the Locker Room Roy? Moore's IT fight the fight. You have two fights before you're up. You're watching the fight. You're in the back your team. We normally feel anxious. Nervous Service I mean we're we're a little nervous little anxious and it's it's just not knowing what's going to happen you know. It's unknown more than anything that that gets gets to me. What's going to happen like I have no idea why we're GONNA WE'RE GONNA find out and for me? It's it's a lot easier to let go and just be calm because I did everything I could have done. I trained as hard as I possibly could have trained I miss I. God gave me me tool to maximize what I what I have now. It's it's not up to me like might be is not up to me at that point and I just let it go and then go do my thing. Are you a guy that can nap. I'm always fascinated by guys that can actually nap in the locker room before they fight. Yeah I I can but Last by Get Chris I was just I was very calm and I was enjoying all the fights as laughing I was it was. I've never felt like that before. Fight before where I was just completely like just call and I was. I was sitting there like it was like a Sunday Sunday and I would just kicking it watching the fights you. My manager was like dude. Why are you so called guys the because she's awesome about if i Chris wideman you know he's one of the greats and I get this opportunity like what am I like so excited but I'm also very calm because I know on everything I could do and I know I'm GonNa win like I know I have what it takes to win? Wind I just gotTa go and do it. That's how I feel about this. You feel confident radio. You certainly seem it. Look bad and good luck to main event this Saturday Saturday in Houston Against Jon Jones for the light heavyweight belt and this is a fight it everybody was talking about this fight. You know at least two fights before it happened and so I think everybody is finally happy to see you guys Fighting for the belt. I think you definitely the The won the light heavyweight division that deserves a shot so good luck on Saturday. Dominic dom shot the world man. Yeah man where Houston oilers. Do something crazy fight all right dominate. WHO's out they say? Listen saying all the right thing seems calm and cool as a cucumber. You know John is just so uh you know. It's it's hard to read him because he does everything really well like everything he does. He figures out a way. I and I think he does getting guys heads. Monkeys dominates Dominic maybe and here's a little bit I don't know what the sixth today is the sixth. Yeah Oh by the way if if anybody who wants to watch me. I am on the Joe Rogan experience. Oh it's up and and if you WANNA watch it I don't look at view counts but apparently a lot of people have seen it in like. I hope you plug the show on it. I did I mentioned you and the Joe asked me. How can we talk for over three hours good? I met Sarah I watched it. We did We spoke nicely about you. I know I rewound that part. You did like three times. Of course everybody loves Matt. Well not everybody but you guys do and I love you guys back Jimmy. Yes I love the texts. You gave me the other night reminding me what tomorrow is and I go Jimmy it you know. First of all a lot of attention. I do understand especially for stuff. That happened happened ages. Sure by ten so when I so what I got tax saying saying how would it say it said Matt Yep and it said Matt Matt Matt it said you know what the sixers but you know what happened on February sixth in two thousand ten and I go I no well let me say thank February six. I'm trying to think what my cure you busy. Yeah what what could the anniversary. I've been married before. Then what and then then then it hit hit me Jimmy all of a sudden what you would bring it up ten years ago tomorrow. It'd be ten years ago Auro it. Ten years ten years back I knocked out frank trigg stuck deserve every time matt read Jimmy first round stoppage. I'm turning turning right because you. What was this the deal? Yeah I knew I was powerful. Would you sure but the knockout but when my fist connected with his jaw and he's feeling and I see his eyes and it was like it was like somebody like like took the wind out and it was like Oh and I seem crumble. Jump on Jimmy. I pounded on my mouth even the Christmas story and if they break it up Jimmy. Yeah I do a little handspring. Yeah remember Jimmy I do so listen to stop bringing it up but it was ten years ago. That's why it's ex ax. Thank you for sending me the text because you know what you know. It's not I don't like to dwell on past accomplish now. I know you always. I'm like I'm afraid he's not going to John on but I need your number by the way. What are you talking about? You gave you the text. That's right let's go to Lauren. Murphy Larmer you know now I wanna I is it really is. Let's introduce ourselves. Hi Matt as much show you my friend. Jimmy Bird heard that no high fat Jimmy Bird. I actually want you to say that. That's exactly ourselves so nice the age too. Nice to meet you. I didn't do it nice to meet you. Why don't you didn't do what he's GonNa say? My name is Matt and this is my fine friend Jimmy Bird so totally normal. She thinks it's a it's a radio everything is correct. Where did you? Where did you get? I grew up in Alaska. Oh really yeah. I was born in raised. There I lived there for thirty years. Probably do research before the interviews. I know it's better when we find out. Find out live. What is that like? What was it like in? I don't know if it's a stupid question where you living in like a populated area on. Oh Yeah I lived right outside Anchorage which is like a biggest city and and It was unique. It was a unique childhood because I had a lot of family that lived in the states. We call it the lower forty eight and I would go visit them and I felt so so out of place I felt like like I was from a different planet. Most of the time is that now. It was just really isolated like Alaska's very isolated slated People up their different. There's like a lot of hippies People that just kind of want to be left alone a lot of outdoorsmen that Like like want to homestead and and Like be self sufficient you know and It's just kind of a different attitude. There people are really tough there super like hardy ready they take care of themselves and It's it's a cool place now but when I was younger I felt super isolated. I always felt like way out casting way different. I always wanted to be like from a big city. You know and do normal things that people do like I didn't we just had like it. It was just different. We didn't get a lot of concerts. That came through like a lot of the the food chain restaurants. I'd never eaten at a lot of big department stores. I had never shopped. Opt at just little stuff like that that kind of made me feel like an outsider. But now now that I'm an adult I appreciate Alaska so much more and I really am proud to be the last time. So what did you do. Did you do like a lot of hunting and fishing growing up like when you're in high school I imagine it's a very small pool of people right. Yeah it it was a pretty tiny high school A lot of people are into hunting and fishing and camping. But I'M NOT I. I'm not into any of that. Shit I don't like it so Yeah when I was in high school as a big donor I just get like I smoked cigarettes and drank a lot and That was Kinda like how I pass the time you know and then When I was like twenty six I wandered into Jitsu? Jim and that's when that's when I started my career for for your son right. Sorry Yeah Yeah. He was eight and I wanted I was like I was sober them but I just wanted him to have like. It's something different. I was like. Okay your kid. When I was a kid I wish I had done martial arts like I wish I had had A? I don't know like a more active childhood. I guess and so I signed him up so I could live vicariously through them. You know what I mean am I took him to this do Jitsu. Jim and I took one class and I loved it and he hated it. That's like the irony. Any of it is that he never wanted to go back. And I fell in love with it and I started going all the time. That's so funny. Yes I guess everyone gets into it for different reasons in different ways and and that's the first time I've heard that particular story. Oh well think unique. I can ask Alaska question. I think I know one other the person from Alaska and she moved there recently. Well I want my friend Erica. She's an actress and she moved there to play and she she fell in love and married somebody and now she just lives in Alaska. And there's an actor in Alaska which is such an odd place to go to be an actor. I mean I went there for looking for a fight and it was beautiful beautiful. It was really beautiful. You know what I mean so kinda cold but it was beautiful you. I'm not sure. What if we went in the winter or the summer to be honest I would you was? This was it snowy outside and cold. Yeah I did. The Dog. sledding was fun Yeah Yeah Fisher. You were there for the winter then. Yeah Remembers Beautiful. You should go back some time like in June and go fishing and stuff. That's fucking cool by the waste. That was my favorite question. It's like I'm not sure. If it was the winter of the sovereign what was it. It's snowing and cold. And he got to be the winter mass. I guess to winter now. LASCO in Alaska where it's like like dark for like a few months. It's ask you lighten day for six months. Yeah not completely. But like Dow our anchorages South in Alaska and in Anchorage like winter solstice. It may be the sun comes up at like ten. Am and then start setting it about four thirty so kids will go to school in the dark and then when they come home they get out of school. The Sun is already starting to set. It's Kinda crazy so let's Neil's like it feels like dark all time. Truly how far north in how big is like is there a how far north into the cities go where it's actually a bigger where it's light or it's even worse than that. There's the cities all the way up. Arctic circle cold villages connection. Because we have we have another call to also. It's very hard to hear you. I but I would love to have you on again because you really interesting and your background is interesting. And we didn't even get into you talking about the doubts you've struggled with so we're going to have to get you on another time but good luck against Andrea Lee in Houston this Saturday on to forty seven. You're on an amazing card. Do you have to be happy to be on such a great card. Well I mean I wish we could do to come on again after the fight. Yeah there's a lot of stuff I wanted to ask you and we got sidetracked on elastic because it was so interesting stuff. I'd love to talk to you about. Okay Yeah Love Kulak this Saturday Lauren. Thank you for coming on with us and Ndau sorry about the reception. Thanks Lauren take one. She's so nice very very interesting too nice. I felt like we have a nice thing. We did ask to macy barber questions. We didn't ask any of this. Well fuck man. I'm here to do with that and I I didn't ask about that Alaskan refer but. She said she's sober. I didn't want to be a bad enough. We got to see if we can get you know yes to did you. The skype is a little better. If it's not on the laptop not always always gonNA be Jimmy. Yeah but it's funny. She took her son. I WANNA ask Alaska question. I'm so fascinated. I want it to be an asshole. Do you ever see a bear but I wanted to know. It's a child question. I love that Sir. Thank you I'm right next to you and I want you to live for a long time. However what if you if any if view were ever going to die of laughter but if you were going to oh I would wanted to be on the show because selfishly? That would do a lot for me. Oh wow how people would be like this guy kill the UFC champion with laughter. Like you understand what that would do for my career. I figure quick break all right. We're taking a break all right cool. We're back headlines Headlines Yet Jones blasted Raya City. They said he tweeted that John. tweet about Ray Assane. Jones fort wrestlers four strikers but never athletes. He called the dumbest thing. He's heard in a while. I think John Jones Anybody John I guess is John so he might not recognize this but people have to find something that makes their chance unique because a fighter you have to believe in yourself and what do you want to say about John. Well he's fucking seen everything you can see and and he's one so if your dominant grey is in your confident you gotta say all right. What's I look? He hasn't afforded an athlete. Like you gotta find something unique to to throw it the Guy Hi because otherwise you're gonNA walk in and this guy is what everybody in one. You know what I mean. You've got to find something to grab onto. Dominic hasn't lost yet and he's got that confidence of a guy that it hasn't lost. Neither of these guys has technically been beaten by another fighter. There you go so I mean any now that he's got to be a just confident is power. Because he's the guy I when he's easy stopping good guys man. He's got power It's hard to hold down. I think it's GonNa be interesting mainly Eh John. Jones always finds a way to win but Could it maybe. Maybe what would be interesting if is if Would be interesting if John Jones is so confident and he's still it's maybe just fucking around a little bit too much like maybe all right. I'll stand up with them all right. I'll beat him at his own game type of where you might even got caught up with that with your the fact that you keep pointing to go Santos man I mean he got a quote made. He was making that a standard battle. You know they were. They were standing there. I mean he didn't look just put them down or anything. So why is that. I mean that's not the smartest option. So maybe he's just trying to excite himself or maybe not I mean let's just saying who knows yeah and raise does hit so so hard but the thing about Jones's he throws elbows like punches. He has a way of not getting hit John. Not a guy who stands there like you know when you look like you remember you. So Roy Allison would fight. Roy was able to roll the punch and take a punch Josie had hit that much. Either he's a master at range like because he's very lanky and he knows how to use used that range. It's hard to get past. And then when they do get past the get met with Elbows Ama horrible elbows with a bleak kick. I mean Johnson nightmare that front on kicked a stomach like he just is. He's got he's four things he's throwing at you at all times. He's he's one of those guys he's not overrated now. He deserves every Lina put in front of him decisively but now he's going with a guy it's never tasted defeat. That's what makes it so interesting. Yeah Reya seems comfortable that we we have a dark lois. Let's start. What's up man? We should apologize we really. He's looking at the phone right now. Going it's what these this guy. Why do you think we stalk you own ass? He's looking at the phone right now. Going what are these guys want bothering me. Here's what it is. Where the girl that he slept with once and we won't stop bothering Jim? That's exactly going out again. And he's like I'm done with you guys all right. We Got Eric. Hi Derek. How are you stop? I apologizing yeah we we want a start by apologising. He's in the same shitty hotel. The same hotel that awful Wifi. We just had you on two weeks probably very tired of looking at us and we don't blame Um you a little bit. Yeah do you have Wifi or lt therapy. By the way. Is that the worst question you've ever been asked and if you I can't believe I just asked a a heavyweight fighter a legend who is fighting. So what's your phone plan. I really suck at this job. I'm I apologize. I'll tell Auger he looks lean. You look fucking lean. You look in shape. They're looking good shape. Our fucking miniature Verna Renault. See you're right where you want to be but yeah you do look a little You look leaner than normal. Maybe it's just the way you're sitting what you do look into the normal cutting away. If he's right there he's right. Wait lose to sixty five. She's right there. Yeah being fifty something if I water so we wanted to ask so. I'm good. You're ready of course he's ready nine weightwise so you don't have we'll talk to you about earlier Latifi already the last time we talked to you two weeks ago. So what are you watching that we wanted to ask you. What are you streaming streaming really touching on on the which they Jack Jack Ryan on Amazon Prime? Yeah how is it. Is it good pretty good. It's pretty doing real good interesting. See how I'm pretty sure it's accurate. Dan What a lot a lot of people breaking news. I heard things amount of doing. What's the movies pretty? Good Tom Book based on movies movies are they based on or is it. Was it books books. Tom Clancy books especially very around with fictional. They're pretty good though. Are you a big reader. I I used to read a lot and since I got my phone. Fifteen years ago my reading is his garbage like I never read anymore. I used to read a lot when I was in Britain and the books I as the reader. It's more like a rich stuck books. What kind like rex? Richest like Agai being poured is taking it out of the hood and stuff like that on racial wealthy guy. Did you play chess in prison or did you play before that. Oh yeah chest. Learn how to play chess. All you learn when you were there. There's some amazing level players in jail. I mean these guys who are really a great players. Because that's all they do all day is play Chassar. What's what's the crackheads is pretty good? And how long long were you in there again. You told us before I forget or bring her of year now a normal day. I know different days. You've probably got different things going on in the a yard or whatever. I don't know I've never been to prison. What's Normal Day? You wake up they tell you to get out of the bunker. I Dunno normal day in prison. Oh I guess a day in prison that you don't you're not chosen they get your own yourself rain side go ice and everything enthrone everywhere. So I'm guessing pretty normal day. That's everything the same. Every day can smoke. Norwegian prison coaches I get the sneaking in there or Gaza still smoking cigarettes smoking math all that still in the methyl rough off. Yeah that's what. I was thinking that we might make time go by a little quicker. I don't know I'm paranoid pot in jail. The the work. Yeah I was talking to somebody today. SABE working out in jail because you don't have so. Do you become amazing at like just doing body weight. Workouts like Guys doing all day to keep busy. Yeah L. They get a trash bag filling over water and do curls us on a broomstick some just do curls with that so now tell television in prison a lot of choices. who gets the remote control? Trolling the recall. What happens with this J? I WanNa know her no. It's no remote control that all real true they all get votes on shows. You get to watch everybody got all will get the house votes on same everybody wanted to watch. NBA and so they've put in requests and try to get the most vote song failing watching NBA. OR IF SOMEBODY TO WATCH SOAP OPERAS THEY WANNA put in or smile won't watch more we're putting votes for that I would have been by definitely would have been putting for Morrie I wanNA know fucking. I don't get hat. I'll all like Vegas. It's all I watch Maury. Aw I WANNA know is he the phone and not they go nuts when they are the girls yelp run out drink derek. Do you have any of your old cell mates or anybody used used to go to prison with. That sounds weird prisoner social club when you join up and go. Hey Man it's me look at you you know. Give me some money. I don't know you give people regional. Yeah they they reach out to guys reached out before it was proud of me and stuff like that and they were still calling me Dhamma prison name everybody call me Big Katie. What was then imprison be Katie Katie? Now what is that. What's that about? I want to know because breath I told him from Katy Texas and so they called me. Be Katie okay. Cad Y. K. A. K. H. O. T. O. is Katie Klty. Oh it's like it's like the Sokaia the name I thought it would have within the black beast in there. Got The black beast when I got out when I met my wife is in Colorado hanging career dairy even better. Wow more depressing. I would never little woman named me. The white the White Dud the appointment horrible. How how are you feeling Derek? And obviously you're ready you've been through this one hundred times before. How do you keep yourself from getting complacent because I mean you fought so many great fighters and not moving up? How do you keep yourself getting to a point where you're overconfident often where it can be dangerous album? Never counting him because like I said all the time this like all these guys were headed me. They've been doing martial arts. This kids and I just really started the learn martial arts like ten years ago everyone else don't all in life and it was like a lifestyle awesome so I'm still behind the game to everyone that I face so there's no I don't get overconfident at all. It doesn't article in fighting in. I know everybody division. Anything happen if the live in like that not to keep bringing up prison but what isn't like every day roses. Now that's fucking like somebody's college man. That's almost four years and you're in there and look at you now on top of the world fucking his instagram's over a million followers or I mean everybody knows you a success story but a win or lose you already already kind of been through. I mean some people would say how or are shitty period in your life. Don't you feel like a fucking winner. Now in general for shows shows like that I think about all the time whenever I look Eh beautiful cars and the side hustle businesses and stuff like that and think about where I came from the heather thing that I have no. It's always crazy feeling this light a meeting at the high no like every day every day in the morning just like a higher by itself. When you first I got out? What did you think you're GonNa do like when you when you first got got back into the real world? What did you think okay? This is what I'm GonNa do now goes excited. I wanted to be a tow truck driver on my friends came up there was working with AAA all writing base. Say They could get me all for AAA tow talk trucking so I wanted to do that and so whenever I got started doing that then while we start about doing all feel were to in so I started doing that as well and I wanted to be a box I remember Thought about being fired. I WANNA boxer. That was my goal. My audrain automobile boxer since on kid. Who's your favorite grown? Up Of course was Mike Tyson Garlan new in every now and then you hear butter being locked out. Have you met Tyson. You have since you've been fighting all by. I haven't met him but he walked past. Whenever I was at the event in Houston die in Kim? Kimble slides tasteful. Yes do you WanNa talk to him. No I didn't really know who he wasn't too. He really pays by because Shar Guy Manson sounds like maybe two guard single-day said it states ocean. So it's too late Kimble will not rush dots at us with now. Are you good at like talking like people you've admired or guys you've been a fan of Are you typically comfortable around. Like I'll freeze up half the time. Are you good in those situations. Yeah I'm good Newsletters like movie you stars movie actors and stuff like that. It's like you expect for them to act a certain way because you've seen him in a movie when you meet them in person like the guy seemed like completely Weirdo. Like I'm thinking he's going to be like a tough guy or whatever like sound. Watch the movie overman these completely three different. And how have you given any acting opportunities. A lot of guys would fight. WanNa go into acting in some in some form I was. They know I did a couple up with so with black. Lightning come on CW. I was feeling on that last year. I was supposed to go back on two months ago but I ended up having a fight The Gore Guy. Push it back a little bit so I should be may bring me back on episode. Where did you like it? Do you enjoy it while you were doing it or is it different than you expected. Yeah I like I like I like art on all you know. Have Your own trailer. Just x-ray anything they go get it they get before he was not the weird part. It's a you almost feel guilty. You want like we'll get it. We'll get it. I'm like no we'll do it and make sure I like to be in your size and the character that you are just naturally are personality driven in the the wrestling pro wrestling after fighting. No no no because I couldn't keep serious face. That's one thing that blows me away a lot too. Is They'd be doing Gotcha craziest. Though they flop around and I deprived start live has been hit just this year. Actually I like that. That's funny as sounds good. We'll look back where we appreciate your tolerating us. We love you. And you're one of our favorite guests and good luck on Saturday against a lear. Latifi I think you you guys are the opening fight of the main card or semantic can't wait yes yeah anytime man and we'd love to have have you in studio if you're in New York one of my favorites thank you derrick. ICED Eric. Man Buddy. He's just such a good dude. Yeah he's very interesting guy he's very interesting he's a nice guy you know. I'm a big Fan. I'm glad that Wi fi got fixed to that why I forget sometimes if I was in the same hotel l.. Jimmy people left and right. I've been going to Sarah. Jj Dot com in Comoros savage t-shirt excellent. Because you know why they're part of the unfiltered army and they take in the say that yes they sent me. DM's of them in a shirt and they're like Yo man Mike Comores. It's uncomfortable. All this makes me feel Nice. It makes me feel like people like what we're doing here. I hope so you know Jimmy and if you WanNa see me at the degenerates on Netflix. I I have a bunch of gigs end of this month. Tampa have a Royal Oak Michigan. COMING UP BY CHICAGO COMING UP. I HAVE MINNEAPOLIS COMING UP. I have Madison Wisconsin in a whole bunch of stuff and go to my website and grab tickets tickets cell for Boston as well and Connecticut and also check out on the Joe Rogan organ now went up yesterday. I I don't look view counts but it's very popular episode of. I heard very high but I watched it count me is one of those viewpoints. Well I appreciate that. I don't look at numbers. What do I know? I'm sure it's very very crazy. USC This weekend. When is that Saturday? Excuse me I know Jimmy I know Jimmy Jimmy. I know we're we're GONNA leave. Now we are. I'M GONNA be tonight at a Levittown New York What are you doing now? Empower people with these with a beautiful Art of Brazilian Jitsu. Good you know I do. I teach him to defend themselves. Yeah you know. My dream is to Just keep empowering people that normally you might not be able to defend themselves. I what I watch me is for if somebody was in the same position that I was in the weekend. Going into the Hall of fame in Vegas that guy the I look like a dangerous guy. I'm on my talk. You look at my face a little by the head of a rottweiler. DC look in my eyes. They know him they probably could be a problem. That guiding care. The Guy did not care that my family's right next to Jimmy. You think he'd care if you were there. Would he fuck what you Jimmy. Yeah and what. I could get my students. Anybody that walks through my door Serbia Jay Jay and I could anyway they change. It doesn't doesn't have to be with me. And they get the D.C. Empower themselves Brazilian Jujitsu. It's like having a super power. It's like hard to take down. Jimmy mean he was not hard to take that and he was not hard to keep the mount position on. No no he wasn't. I could still be mounted on him. Now and Jimmy so listen. People don't do it. Don't do it for me. Do it for yourself in peril yourself. Learn Martial Art I recommend Brazilian inched it. When did he stop real like when did he realize all right? I'm in fucking a bad spot. I don't think he realized because he was on the bottom when I had them by both risks with his shirt on his face and he was tell me he was gonNA fuck me up. So that's why I don't think this is working out for you pal. Why let them the economy down trying to call him? You did what did you say I calm them down. It's all right told them if you don't see Youtube Ad Matt servers drunk or Matt Therapy. Jj fucking instagram. It's on their sir. Jimmy Jimmy many men that I love him but I love you pow of you all right. We'll see you Monday. Have a great time watching the fights. I know I'm watching him this weekend. Ordering on pay per view Jones against radius Shevchenko against our pal. Caitlyn Gagan so excited Eric. Lewis's fighting Latifi. It's the It's the the state of the underdog right. What happened in Houston what what happened? I I don't bring it up. What happening to Houston? Let's show the world who did goodbye Jimmy.

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UF 360: Michael Bisping, Michael Chiesa, and Drew Dober

UFC Unfiltered with Jim Norton and Matt Serra

1:10:42 hr | 1 year ago

UF 360: Michael Bisping, Michael Chiesa, and Drew Dober

"How the hell did you ever make one hundred fifty five pounds? I did with sheer`stupidity. I'm buying smarter now. There's my division top ten next dating humble hair even want to be hit asshole. I've always been a fighter. I always put me in trouble. But there's nothing better than this last inviting inviting a lightweight division lookout. I will knock anyone out in the top ten division vision I promise ladies and Gentlemen Welcome to UFC on builder. You know a lot of ground to cover today We obviously obviously have Michael The Great Michael Bist Ping who I love and drew dober- Who looked incredible against Nazaret hacks brassed not an easy name to say but man did he look good? Dober- is very solid fighter. Trying to prove that gets as he said. And what a what a what a weekend fights man. What a neither fights? Yeah Jimmy Let me tell you. It's kind of like Conor McGregor man. That was fantastic. He looked so good. It was fantastic. It's pretty much you know he comes. He's so he's so focused and and Accurate especially in that in the opening round. Yeah 'cause you gotta remember even with With nate you know you know he's in those opening-round nature's has a he'd land on them like shots that might put on the guys away but one has a Helluva Chin and to he has his. Is Ju Jitsu that. If he's at all shook he could get those webs out while he's on his back defending himself instead of if you don't have that and you kind of get in defensive mode where you're covering that's just that then you have a shark that smells blood and you're just done he. was you know what I mean. Especially if somebody's accurate Mike Connor to make a prediction to and all over. Though what do you mean no but I still think that if they run it back this is going to happen. It's going to be the next. Big fight is is GONNA be Connor Masked Fidel and the winner of that will fight harassment. I think is going to hold off before he fights again. I don't think I mean you got Woodley Liane Edwards going at it. COVINGTON's healing a broken jaw. I think it's going to be Kamara. would be crazy to take another fight with the with the potential for one of these he's got and it also gives them an incentive because there is that silly BMI tile but it is something I mean. It's it's something at the end of the match to fight for. I think that's what's going to happen next next. And then Houston. I think is going to be very smart. Wait plus he's had a war with me tell you something I think you're you know. Maybe I don't don't know maybe I'm the only guy to watch a press conference. Okay did you hear what Dana said. What did he say? It's the fight to me. I know he wants to make wants to fight. That might not want to see three times school. What's the what's the fight that he wants to be Kinda? I read that and I. I'm aware of that and I heard to say it but I still think that's a fight. Dana wants to make and that's obviously connor once he said that's the fight to make but they also also have Habib is fighting. Does he fighting Ferguson. Connor by the way is ready to fight again role. It's April him so we're in January so February two three more months right now McGregor. It looked amazing. He took zero damage. Mash Fidel against tonight. That was not an easy fight but I don't think he got particularly hurt in that so he could probably be ready to fight at a fairly soon. So Oh you could probably make that fight close to April as well or may have those guys fight and then you have the option of after fucking master connor. Then you have the possible Habib Connor rematch. Because they're both fighting around April where you have been. I think maybe I'm wrong but Lutheran but I'm definitely right about master connor. That's next fight. Can Well Trust me. Good guess her in the third by a submission. Why would anyone listened to let me tell you I know nothing? I mean not to be the guy in the fence but I thought if it goes early I was GONNA be Connor if it went later. It'd be a sub by cat so you're not. You're not really stupid with that but Let let me tell you man. I mean Dana things. The fight to make is what would Habib but before. I even say any of that because everybody was Kinda Shit. Let me tell you to get first of all for anybody that thought they know what an in cowboys very open his nerves. And what it's like to be a fighter. So Connor her give. This is what I I. This is what I give a lot of credit to Connor Let me let me rephrase it came out like I GIVE CONNOR MCGREGOR A lot of credit for even going back in there. It does show that he's a fighter. He's got more money than anybody in the guy does not have to fight right. Never has the fight again. So what is what is the most motivating factor. It's something that obviously I think it might. I don't know he seems like he's he's matured. I see Tony Robbins. And his corner. Right Anthony Robbins is wasted Tony. What's his name twenty minutes right right? The motivational I didn't even notice that Tony Robinson is corner fight. I noticed that you know what's funny. I might even into the self-help stuff but I due likes lives. Listen to his stuff like when I was in my grind stuff I like him. Something reason. That's that's good. It seems like he's got a lot more positive energy around him. I don't know maybe it's just it's just how I'm reading it. He seems like he's Niagara assured. And you know I think when when you boil oil everything down and I think now that he can have anything he wants. He realized that he sees a man. This is what I love to do. A fighter so the only reason he went back and he why would go back in there for how much three million but he made forty seven million not fighting shoes. That's what I'm saying. You're not needed so that reason alone. I'm definitely not going to sit on the guy I mean for me. I really can't that I mean that's really going to say he is a kid now. Maybe that changes people and he also has is this. This thing I think is all this negative stuff that happened outside the cage with the guy in the bar and the slap in the guys were maybe you just get sick of it like you like. This is not the way I I want to whatever it is. I don't know conor but I like them better now and I I liked the way he interacted with With cowboy and cowboys had a hard time in in big fights and I don't know what it just because he's such a great fighter that's not indicative of cowboy skill level but anyway condo looked really good at welterweight within that makes things much more interesting you know with these. The big fights at a main event. You're fighting top notch. You know the best in the world. So you'RE GONNA have a bad night sometimes but it's one of those things where cowboy if he the later it just shows I mean he's not like Darren till around eating. I A second. I don't remember well. He knocked doc the mountain. I think in the guys can look that up as I'm talking to Jimmy. I'm pretty sure it's the first but it might be to second. I might be wrong here. That whole hey took him out. I believe the first or the second in cowboy talking about. RDA smoked them. One time in early. But I mean there's other times where cowboy went in there and just looked like like phenomenal. So if you look at it you're like all right. Connor starts fast accurate. He's as dangerous. There's nobody like you know. More dangerous is people as dangerous. Like a Fransen Ganyu in the first round but connor it shows it the fact that he is the first person to ever get Cao's in three three different weight divisions amazing that is that is amazing. Amazing because another thing I fact it into it. Is You know. report down to forty five once. I don't think that I don't think cowboy everyone at the forty five could only fifty five and it looks very skinny and So you know it. It's just an amazing thing it isn't it makes things exciting. It does by the way. How do you think he fared? Let me ask you a master's in natural welterweight. Did he ever find one forty five. I'm sorry Mademoiselle he's at I think most of his career fifty five okay did so the point is if he fights mash. That's another guy that's GonNa that's a key ESA and RDA both guys that have gone up. But how does a guy like Connor or somebody fair against Houston. WHO's a natural one? Seventy according to one seventy the problem would say listen to fight terrible by the Perth fight. I would like to see is is him. I felt yeah. Of course. That'd be fucking exciting. You know I'm always interested in another nate fight. I know you might not be I am I like there's certain rivalries that are just always going to be intrigued. Yeah they have his three. They won in one. I love the nate. The as again I would 'cause as you put them with us. Men Kamara is such a stud wrestler. Why would even bother he? It'd probably be reminiscent of his fight with Habib you know opening so he's going to have to be just fighting them off and you know they'll be taking him down. Who knows? Maybe they could not came out like almost hubby did. When he's worried about the takedown but I'd I'd much rather see a scrappy him versus Ho? Hey staff that would be interesting. Yeah I also Habib Ferguson okay. We got bin Habib Ferguson. There's nothing I'm looking forward to more than that. I want to hear about this book because I don't even know what it's about life. I'm GonNa Gimme. I'm about his coming up. In the streets of London Peres escalate the count. Hello Michael the champ. They would shell now how you doing how are you buddy. What's up Michael Biz being? I'm so happy you hear I listen I was. I wasn't going to break his balls but you follow me on instagram. You know I'm always like in your stuff I seen recently. You were in New York. You were in New York. No no no no no no no no I was in New York. A lot of people said the fog. Mike Levin New York and you'd never called and guarantee that what you were going to say outside lie that's not not I was gonna say it was one of those fucking stupid Pudsey. Throwback flashback Friday. bullshits poetry thousand seventy because all the fucking assholes would have commented. What did you mean when you got jokes? Gs Pay just a nice. Just a nice guy. That is funny I I I was going to be like. Oh Mike he's going to be on the show he was just he could have been in studio. That's what I was gonna say but fuck it shows you how to read anything. I Dunno limited attend New York. You would you guys be the first people that I call com. Hey we had a fun time doing that year review the whole us with DC and the attic was one of the. It was one of the funniest mornings I've ever spent in Vegas. It was absolutely hilarious. you know the funny thing is well no the funny thing. The sad thing is the stuff when yeah okay. It was good as you know. There was a lumps of that probably wasn't fit for TV consumption assumption but Yeah it was a good morning. It's amazing how cut things that you guys were saying in between the We we'd all be out of a job everyone back but it's funny how we have such a blast with that and then they cut it up. I'm like wow look really professional while we're just fucking shooting the fuck. It's a lot not like this. Basically how you how are you. How are you adjusting to your fulltime? I guess you're you're you're you're commentator. You're not fighting. How was that adjustment? been and to be honest that so far so good you know. I'm pretty busy so that's good. That occupies my mind. If I was sitting around bored and I didn't have much to do who then. Yeah maybe I think about stepping into the cage. But I've got my own podcast as you say I do. The commentary and things pays off people calling thank you guys you guys so late does have a knock on effect to all the other words ought to do this morning so so screw Sarah whether my me not all India. Ah Our way through this bullshit whereas I believe you me podcast. That is the believe. Did you beat podcast available wherever you get your podcast from the ads or now the of course he is that make up for being late. I'm GONNA the plug at least three more times before the end of this. Oh How's the. How's the knee doing man? 'cause Jimmy sees me walking and it's not good. You see me when I was with you I was asking you. I WanNa ask you now. It's because it's been another month at least how's how's the knee holding up. You know right now. Well No. It's good it's still not one hundred percent. I will say this when I end. The total neighbor has been probably the most depressing two months of my life. It was bad. The pain was incredible. I couldn't move just to say on the couch all day taking painkillers and of some people. That's probably their idea of good time but no for me. It was bad odd but now it's now walk is my good knee. That feels like my body so unfortunately I gotta get a knee replacement in my other neighbor now for about another four years but yeah it's feeling a lot. Better thank you bye. And you're you're back to working out. Unless that was another throwback you hit with Jason Pirlo. was that a throwback that was real quick hitting the mets. I was kicking the back. I'm a doctor called me. He's like Mike. What the hell are you doing? He said the knee replacement. If you look at it closely zoomed in serrated edge and it has to fuse to the bone and it's going to take about six months without to happen and that your kicking back is said he's GonNa come on. We're going to have to Redo the operation. Okay I get it say no more that is all you have to say Jimmy. When did you actually get the surgery? I think thank you was seventeen two bucks over okay. That's very very recent. Hey Buddy I'm looking at your Cuckoo's nest is that what is that in the back as a poster or is that a card from the theater. Yeah it's just a little fucking thing on the wall you don't want your house is your house. That's where I do my podcast from usually usually but I'm just gonNa go to very early for you guys have been in Las Vegas all last week. ESPN give me seven. Am Call Type Suits boot. It's that means Joepat six shower all the rest of today. Essentially is my Sunday for you. Guys come on. Couldn't I'm honored. I saw aw thank God I was GonNa say stop. Complaining was so happy that you're audio but they would rather be in bed catching up on slaves. Oh No no no no now I I want to hear about your book. Now wait a second. I let me read quitters. Never win my life in. UFC now this is you. Do you have a ghost rider. Is there Louis. J Gomez behind this. Who wrote this and I wasn't you? Yes so it was myself an anti Evans you probably know and as you should work for the US for a long long time. We're good buddies and we wrote it together so we sat down on the phone every night. For about three hours he would record the conversations. He'd ride it what I say he'd send it back to me. I'd look at it out. Said no no no. This is a lot of shit. It's going to be like this so we work together so yeah and did it and probably made me sound more eloquent educated than what I really am but what what is in the book is what I asked into right now so basically he just. You gave the stories at your. He just had a little bit of help with structure and trimming and whatever needed to be done. Structurally yeah that's right. Yeah Yeah because I don't know where to start booking where to finish I mean of course if he's alive story start start your life but yeah as you say the structure. The chop dissolved. I saw that type of stuff. Anthony did that but the rest of their older stories stuff. Obviously that comes from a now is it. Is it stuff in the tough house from the very that that or when you're in the UFC or are you gonNA keep us as suspense and not let us know. I won't keep you in suspense. It's so it sounds bestseller in the UK. A lot of people Cassini already. But you know it's a childhood a little bit talks about you know. Listen most guys. The old guys is Shirley these days because the climate climate change. But a Lotta guys that step to a Cajun five eleven might have some bit of poss- background. You know what I mean. Mine was standard. Bring getting into. Unfortunately I did a spelling prison and stuff like that so you hear about all that type of stuff and then how I was able to term life around you know I came out of prison. I have Wifi at you. Kids no cash. No nothing in debt sleeping in my car on the NAB. I'M GONNA I'M GONNA try and get an UFC and challenge all around so it's all about that and obviously visually you know if you if you say my career in the US ends up. It sounds like the future making of a Guy Ritchie movie. If you as that's me Magin Guy Ritchie doing this fucking move snatch. I have not. Don't fuck around. I haven't I don't think I know who is. Actually I should walk out I I real is the same thing we were having this compensation aside and he said what's Notch I've never seen snow. It's not about number one. You don't know what's Nice Guy but second lab. How dare you have never seen not Jim Norton Shame on you know back together body tonight tonight? Your homework go. What's notch one of the best movies you'll ever say everyone tells me that I've ever seen snatch I've never seen the law was lock stock and barrel? I've never seen a Guy Ritchie. Yeah I couldn't get into that. One can only is that right. Well listen you know. was that brackets and snatch brow. Great Knit but I'll dude. Listen the one of the best things about that. Is You know. Michael Does acting. Now listen. It was a little like a little bit with you. Know not the La- monge change. No he did a bit with him and never I told you I like Kenny. Florian's bit what he did what he did. He did the thing Michael did with. Who was what you it was her not? I don't know what the fuck was what you I forgot but do great Mitt. You'RE NOT GONNA get it in the movie the port would feed feeding into the business. I when it comes to the acting side of things you mentioned in that one little tiny little shitty Eugene clip that I did with that guy I have some pretty good movies. You know what I mean. Death each to working on that this year aaa there's lots of good stuff but that little tiny youtube she claimed yet facts with the shouts out onto matt mentioned. You're acting career as an instagram story. and not the other stuff. You've done the legit stuff. Listen it plays fucking hawking triple fucking Gee I don't know what it was and he does the flips. It's something you expect him to do. Like he looks like a special forces guy or not but in this scene the guys like giving him shit and threatening him and he was he could act. I believe it was it was so you are. You're shitting on it. It was good it was fucking good. I was I enjoy and also Lebron James. He's he's a he's a guy very talented but yet we did that. That was eight years old. Thanks always linked to the party. When did your book actually come out? So yes so as I say it's available in the UK for a while but actually releases tomorrow a and and if anybody wants a signed copy. I've got to say this sounds like a boon to hartselle which I detest doing. If you want to sign up Ritchie yourself or notes or whatever I have to Mike bist being dot com on the moon alive signing tomorrow so it'd be like I don't even know what this is. The public is try to explain and get but I still don't quite understand but I think what it is by like instagram. Live liable facebook live. Tomorrow they'll give you the message they'll watch me signing shit live now so if you want a signed copy Mike Biz Being Book Dot Com there. You go breath tomorrow then. Amazon shops wherever you get them I guess and now just for like the demographics out there this is this is an inspiring story now. No you're a family man like myself. Do you get into how you met your wife in this book. Yeah absolutely I do. Yeah Yeah so you know. It's funny I'm going to give a little story shows you. She'll go crazy at me for this so in the UK version. So anti was the guy that I wrote it with the Dow in at the time when the book was about to be he released I was working on a TV show warrior. And I'm Outta and so I didn't get to edit it properly in. The deadline was approaching. So I told the whole story and made it nice and Romantic Howell. Oh met my wife in the English version but he was under a deadline and panics. So when he came out it just said Hi. I met my wife. She was beautiful and blonde hair. That was what was so what the fog. That's all. I guess. All you trading partners coaches you suck dicks throughout the entire and I gaze is. She was blonde and beautiful. Oh that was it so in the American version we got the real story. So there you go mrs now get so tributes that rightfully so oh you know let me as you anthony is. He didn't us through how people with the speeches for the hall of fame or no. It's not the same as he did. Did Guy Oh boy tell myself. WHOA hold on Booing him because he's not a good writer but holy fuck. Hey would you put that thing with the wife that seal the deal. Now I remember number 'cause I I did a big thing because he wanted to help me. What my speech? mikey right. So I'm like he's writing all these fucking these jokes folks that are like fuck you know self deprecating. But but it's like it's not my humor. It was fucking brutal. God you gotta be able to do so much bonds PAS not here to promote the book the Guy He's Lame Guy Booking your right offs. No no no no thought Ma. He's talented boy. You're right you're right one thing though it's been out you don't think that's being helpful talking about the guy wrote terrible joke. Everyone that Bolger book from my dot com is now email he said. Hey can I get money back Come on me cry helpful to me. Ah No the guys talented Holy Shit. Unless it were by wife he goes nod is it's good to get. There's that has to have this this this you know at the end you can just throw some names in the I do the fuck. It's my wife. I got a her family's flying food so the first thing when I got the ODA listen to me. He's a nice guy and he's good at writing. Mike How's everything everything else. Go my hold on a second. Didn't know what things that I really respect. Michael Bismuth is the nuts and the self confidence man with the whole thing with that. Luke rock hold rivalry. And I don't WanNa Start Shit Up. I'm not that fucking guy. Swear to God I'm not fucking aerial on that guy but listen you're not fighting anymore. It's over but man I was there for both fights with the Luke Rocco Bites and the first one didn't go. Oh well see and afterwards and he's like you know fucking he's funny you know took it in stride. Whatever I'm sure it was killing him but when he had the chance chance to fight on short notice? I'm going to say three two weeks three weeks really quick. What was it two weeks okay? We can weeks motives verse so you not having a camp and you're fighting a guard at smoking the first fight and you fight unless I like Luke. But he's a cocky guy so from going in to do what what he did the way he did number how I hit that ship before. Where the Fuck Fuck Maslov caused by you guys suck doc they saw? Hey Hey the moment. I showed me what he's looking for. I don't know what you're looking for some kind of sound. Thanks Jason and there's a good story in the League while called in Australia you with Alec Winter he knocks out Ross Pearson formats. That's when I started taking notice of Quincy Atchison. Holy Shit. He's not Rossland. Guys gotTa do big things but the five with rock hold a few days before I thought Australia I go ahead put it in training and I had stitches in my mind. This is all in the book and obviously everybody knows up. I've got one that pretty much. He's a well. I have a fake eye. Hi and now so it doesn't work my good I stick. He's all on the top of the eye and they actually took the state she's got to the arena because he said you call five stitches which is in your eyes. So she's out. And The star that fight against recalled he headbutts me an opens up the car and I can see fucking thing it was like somebody taking a Paints porn on a windscreen. And then you put the windshield wipers on an ill. Ill why the paint off just smear so the book was going into my I wipe the blood like this and then I could see a second and then the blood will run into my eye again so I wipe it again and then was always doing dome I. I had no idea what focused hopping I couldn't see the shit but I couldn't say that at the time because I still wanted to carry on fighting you know two main show when I got my opportunity for re much even on three weeks now. She's of course for Kentucky. Okay because I knew I could beat that guy. Can I ask you about your fake I. Am I missing something. Oh Shit though you gotta you gotTa do it. He could youtube it does. Yeah yeah good. Listen the cheat. A lot of key embossed his own steroids out. That you know what I mean so yeah I have A. I've won I now but it's so oh good it's so good it's nice little party trick youtube or he has. It comes literally it comes out. Oh my gosh. How long has that been like that? The feet the belt since since two thousand thirteen you know you believe that Shit. That's incredible all in the fucking books book again please. This is the book Jimmy Smith. The real story autobiography is called quitters never win my life in. UFC and he talks about it a lot. On the believe you me podcast where Louis j Gomez is that what Lewis Gomez that you go trying to make up for Lewis. Yeah Yeah Yeah. Yeah Lucy's the CO host. Yes so the problem is with me and Louis doing a podcast. Is that a lot of the time. I'm controversial visualize. It is and we know that Louis J Gomez is out of his fucking mind. Anybody that doesn't know him. You know him you know he's out of his mind. So the parapets get together. I start trying to play a little toe the line but he just goes out of his mind Saito kinds of controversial stuff and all crops joined in by the end of the podcast. We're live really just say that you know so if you WanNa hear to morons given that makes martial arts and having a lot while they do it check it out believe believe you me. I'll be on. Lewis is very entertaining on twitter. It's very entertaining to wake up and see that Lewis is in another twitter. He's not happy unless he's in a twitter fight in some sort of a youtube. Battling just likes confrontation. Your dog used with everybody and as you say every day on Monday mornings you look on twitter added. He's just going out with somebody so wack he loves the drama but yeah check it out but more importantly Mike Bisbee DOT com. quitters never win. Get your copy. Signed bailable of all good bookstores from tomorrow. But don't ch- plug. I am going to read this book. I mean there's a lot about you. I didn't know I wanna read the prison story in full. Well what happened there. And what actually got you there. That's really interesting to me as people's backstories and so many fighters like you said like Derek Lewis and there's a lot of other guys that come from Situations that could have gone terribly wrong that they wind up turning around. Yeah yeah unfortunately I mean certain I mean now mixed martial arts is he's a massive sport people look at it as a viable career to make money but back in the debut. Matchday wasn't really. I remember at the time I started doing mixed martial plot just for the money it was a business move. I remember at the time seeing them forums and stuff that I used to go on a lot of FIS. Get you guys on there saying if you're getting linens. MMA to make money you're in the wrong spot. And I was like Holy Shit. That wasn't go to read but I mean listen. I left school at Sixteen. And you find up pretty quick. There's not much. Yeah Lenny or sixty thousand worlds stringy and then jobs you know you get into trouble with your friends you get in a few scraps. I mean not the type NAPA guy. I'm got into some trouble and then early twenties right. I'm going to turn this around. This is not the life of me of my children so I dedicate I can't get in the US in trying to make some money so yeah works out so you don't settle you're constantly doing new things with the podcast accommodating. Do you ever look around and you talk about what you came from. And you like I fucking made it look at me. This is crazy. You know to be honest I I I try not to do that but every now and again every now and again I'll say to my wife about Asia. Remember where we used to live remember. We were remember remember. I I love my mom. My mom has no. He's fucking broke complete by herself. She's got she had polio work. You know and and that's called my mom Tobar Tobar five pounds just to put gas in the car to get to work and MME job you know what I mean so I'll so now and again. Yeah around my wife. She's sitting there fucking or more expensive bullshit online that she does not bad as good man. It was there ever a point where you fought and our doing commenting forever a crossover over between those two things which we wish to think when you were fighting and doing any commentating was ever. Paul felder has a crossover or Korea. Was River. That crossover for you were you done fighting when you started commentating. Yeah that's why I was doing fine. Yeah I didn't retire until two thousand eighteen was Two thousand seventeen so I only started commentating. Last year I was doing dash work on the desk. You know the prefight. The Post fights these two thousand twelve but actually compensating. That started last year so no but when when the Bell I was actually a mentioned it before this triplex movie shooting at the time I was in Toronto. Aw been there for three months I was filming and then a modest guy. Chris wideman got injured. He was supposed to face Luke rock old so I texted day now. I was on a movie set honesty. I still finished training but finished filming. I stayed on the Thursday. I finish filming on a Saturday. Flew back straight to the web and then that ten days later went running for the fight but again all in the book my friend. I'm amazed that people who can motivate themselves to fight when they actually have a commentating Gig. It's gotTa be difficult difficult when it's not the same thing. I'm sure that the same money but guys who are able to kind of you know to do some commenting and then and then one of going training to fight. It's gotta gotTa be difficult when you know that there's this commentating job which is a lot a lot more comfortable. Yes Yeah No. Sorry J. Paul uh-huh no. I never did that but you buy. I'm sure it is paid in house. Buddy we'll look The book is called quitters quitters. He's never win my life and UFC and also of the podcast. Believe you me With Michael Being co-hosted with Louis J Gomez who I love very funny Lewis is a real hustler too a hard worker. He's an entrepreneur. Some happy for you ma'am how things are going so well. A Man Cook Rat's body. I can't wait to read the book. Yeah now no you guys are all appreciate the plug. I appreciate the love and a great rest of your show guys talking to Michael Chip. Check half thank you Dan I listen he's land. He's very honest. Yeah you know I was saved. Save guys tried to cut my wife out of the He was a good writer. Sure he just has a different set of priorities so for him. He'll you know what my is. I don't like to know what is wire clash with. I don't WanNA script. Yep so you were there for my own. The first thing I said when I got out there one of the things was I notice a monitor and somebody wants me to say something and I'm just gonNA shoot from the hip type of thing you know. That's the better for Major. Yeah yeah trump is like w script and you can always tell me kind of goes off some guys just don't like to be scripted. I don't I like to be unscripted and unfiltered point now Dover or move over judo rideau about more coffee when you get a moment. Let's Coke motherfucker. Sorry Dan do we have here here at the end just looked at me. Like fucking true. Didn't pick up just poor dopers introduction Hey what's up drew dober- how long you buddy you're not driving. Are you sitting MacArthur outside a strength and conditioning washing the team. Get to work as you did. You get a look at this guy. He's going on a date gelling and every trudeau but we saw you look like a caged animal look at them go go to a Jacuzzi. Shoot at something. And he's going to watch practice how to bring `bout most of my life and swept hands and you know fight close so now says the jobs over this now and how much access to that kick that kick and and you countered. Beautifully had seen something in tape on him. That kind of prepared you for that because it seemed like you were a reaction obviously but it seemed like something you were waiting for him to do. I'm just watching film. And then from his past fights I kinda got an idea of how we kinda throws combinations but a a lot of that was actually just Gabbard In in the fight no the way he was moving in a couple of combinations that through I was just kind of trying to understand and what his game plan was and it was just kind of collecting data and then once I saw the opportunity I just took it now in the last Few fights lights. You beat John Talk. WHO's a skilled you know? He's skilled fighter but he's dangerous the grappling realm very very dangerous correct. You agree. Yeah so then I mean then. Does that have anything to do. Like maybe your confidence was super high. Because you'd be John Talk and then then you get subbed in the second round by endless. I'm not saying that because Benito Dr Durhush is is a stud then he is getting us. was it. What then you bounce back you take out Marco Polo you know? And now if the last night you're now you're getting some nice momentum them but what happened with the Benito Bonito fight was what happened with that after the John Was it. Your confidence was super from the train. So hard for the grappling. You you felt prepared you got caught. I mean what went down with that not to bring up negative Shit Uber Doberm- sorry that I understand fantastic And then going into the second round Video double down on the take downs. And you're able to like take me down and I I feel like it all started on I was just making some Jujitsu mistakes Just where my friends were and just kind of how I was a move and I was so eager eager to get back to my feet. Yeah just kind of like a skipping steps in I was gone from one to three seven and like you know against world-class grappler Neil. You can't be doing that. So I had an opportunity to escape the the grappling department in the second round and when I wrapped up his head I kind of gave him the opportunity to bring it back down to the Mat and then yet my defense to his Kamara trap was or as well so it was. It's just me making critical airs. Just being impatient. I'll just on the ground do you Now obviously train a lot of Jujitsu you. Oh you look Do you mind me asking Brown belt round belts. A Stud Do you with the all. No I mean the first ten years might training ton of ton of Geek but since moving out to Colorado and working with Kamal East end in a Eliot Marshall you've been really just focusing on Gnocchi and that crash my I know of all Eastern for over twenty years. That's my guy right there. I I like that guy I wanted to ask you about the REF because this footage of Dana reacting to that referee look a lot of guys that go one or two punches more more than you think but it seemed like there was ten punches. You landed were you surprised in that moment. Are you at all recognizing. Why are they not stopping? This alleged to be completely honest so I went back in that locker room. And I was talking to my coaches I turned to Elliott and I was like. Yeah like digging that under Hook from half guard so I was trying to frame the face and continue to cause damage that way. He can't get in to get that under hooked and Ali. Let's say he wasn't digging under Hook. He was out and I was like really the entire entire time. I thought like he was trying to be You know offensive from bottom and then finally watched the video and I was like. Oh yeah he was out like that was too much. I know you know what it is. I'm not letting them living at the the mindset that I understand the mindset that drew drew's in its if you you know even the Happy Warrior Roxanne Montazeri was saying you know. Sometimes I forgot how she said it. We should play it afterwards. Or uh-huh spite speech. But she's like yeah. Sometimes you have to be like merciless in here. Like if you if you let up for a second and they regain the back now physically harm us so it really is up to that ref yup to step in there. Because you you give you lay off but all the tables turn that quickly you know what I mean. Well you look at a fight. Like Rosen strike over him wind up working out for Rosa's strike but he dropped over him with a couple of secondly walks away and if that ref hadn't I think make the wrong move and stopped it over him would have jumped up winning. That fight would have actually won the five because roses strike. Didn't continue to to hit him while he was down. And that fight in particular that walkaway really sealed that win like if he engaged able to snatch a single single acres stalled out to the end of the fight but yeah so those huge. He's actually worked out for me. I thought the REF made the wrong. He almost allowed oude Roseanne strike to declare his own. Walk off home run. It was very odd to see. The referee go yeah. I guess you're right. You would know. Call them back in there and it's not like Alice got up and was all over to play a little bit but he looked at his face. These are Oh yeah that's right. That's the decision I was GonNa make fucking Dan. Whatever I it's a hard job no drew you know but you know I think I have? You know who I like. No nonsense Keith Peterson. I do too no nonsense that guy. Yeah I've uh-huh smile once but it was not in the cage. He's he doesn't look like a happy man even What's on your radar next? I mean you look so solid in that in that fight. Obviously obviously you WanNa find a ranked opponent Nazis or anybody. You have your eye on and I'm she'll take whatever they give you but anybody. You're looking at I just look at the the exciting exciting fighters in the top ten division. And I would love to just perform with those Kinda dance partners I'll get Alex Hernandez is solid opponent. Yaw Aw is Great And higher up on that like Islam market chef will be a great fight to super super talk But Yeah I think a lot of other guys are all like booked up so it's Kinda like the the division goes in the next couple of weeks and see who frees up and and Who would want to accept a fight with me is WHO's Iaquinta fighting? Does he have anybody. What does ally curve balls at me does does he have announced that he can be? That'd be an interesting match up that's right. Don't put me in the spotlight. I forgot that would be fun. You know I mean that's awkward though because you know row yeah number now might have five. Didn't tell me about we got your Doberman all right through. We'll look man you look. You look really really great. Congratulations There was a lot of focus. Put on your opponent and I think you probably really shut a lot of people love. That's gotTa feel good Santana. A lower stamp issues definitely very popular over in Europe and in Afghanistan by social media was just blowing coming up on how he's going to kill me in the cage as the worst night of my life and all that stuff but absolutely love it. I don't care about your opinion just tune in wash the fight. I love the buzz. The energy in the feedback and went wants to fight happens and you win in in sewed such a dominant way. Does the social media the change or does it just goes silent advantage that I didn't have to do anything like I went back like a couple earlier and all the people that are talking trash rash other people already got on and started counteracting them. Sounds like I don't have to do anything but I'm not much of a trash talker anyways so I just let the Internet perform the way it wants to. Does that bother you at all. I is there any You rotate you at all not criticism but people who'd chime in and do what people do online line. No not at all. I think we're heartless of their opinion. Those are the guys that are paying my bills. They're the ones sitting in the seats and watching watching so you can go ahead and have whatever opinion on the only opinion I care about her mine. And the guy's close made its at drew. It's it's it's really good Talking to you and it was great seeing. You look incredible and I'm looking forward to seeing It's gotta be somebody ranked next so I look forward to that. Congrats drew Daba. Hi guys anytime talk to you again. Tell Omar Buddy I will definitely man. I Take Habra labral bigger and that a mall. I know from Mars like twenty three years old. That hensel Gracie's academy man. We did the Panamerican Games together together. Oh Yeah Yeah what would you say. Oh that's the one I one yes I was a purple belt. I thought so. Yes the one in Miami nineteen ninety nine thank you Jimmy. Welcome come there. I was on the balcony. Hold gold medal. Just I was just and you know what it was the same song. It was the same year as it was in Miami and it was the San Jose Will Smith's second. It was the same year as a certain song. Jimmy and the Song I was GonNa say Welcome to Miami. Yes well semester me you want absolutely nothing but a good time hate this I love you. I'm happy you want goal. Jimmy hate them. I'm all got third place though. He did place. Oh so happy to see. That's what you say about me in a mall eastern placing another ninety nine. I wanted to settle in and enjoy the stories. P I like come back and really enjoy all right. We're back We took a quick. I wanted to get back while Madisonville wiping up spilled coffee. I know this is what I'm dealing with. Jimmy there's there's a whole spill coffee under under the microphone. Amassing I'll get it later. I'm like Baptist electrical wires in liquid. And you're GonNa get it later. Excuse me it's okay Jimmy so happy here and I'm GonNa get electrocuted Michael. He is having my guys that. So well at the Naga over to Copay as we as Michael Michael Moore and Mustang. How're you doing? Got A fucking furball. What's up Michael Key SA? Aw Michael looking like a fucking stuff. I'd at welterweight. Yeah Dude I love Ju Jitsu I fucking will you call those condit in a one on fucking `Camorra I need to teach me that shit man about the strong island so I would start. I'm actually wearing today. I decided to stop the The team favor ultimate fighter shirt spirit of fight me beautiful you are you loving the the move up. You feel completely comfortable don't you. Yeah man I mean it was taken away from fighting. You're gonNA need like this whole cut waiting. I'm spending my whole care. Just folks on cut. Wait I'm not really expanding Y skills and it. Obviously I'm showing expanding my scales. You know I'm I'm able to get more creative when I'm competing and just books on the fight more you know so it's been a great move just awesome. Does it make any difference. You think already as a guy who who went up in weight as well how does it make any difference when you're fighting a guy like if it's a guy who has either come down from middleweight. Or a guy who has stayed our been welterweight for an his more natural at that weight. Were you just. This'll be the first time I've competed against the guy that's coming up like. I know the egg eighty five came down. I really don't look at him as a true middleweight. He's eaves fees fairly small for welterweight. But this is my first time competing against a guy like myself that it's coming up. Wait so I'm expecting. Rda to have a really good gas asked. Hank I feel like for him. He's the guy that's like this in the first round the second round in the third run but he doesn't really fade to gotTa keep a good on the whole. I think that you could tribute to him. I mean well let me. I mean it's a different skill set but as far as fighting somebody that doesn't fade. It doesn't suck that you you coming off of a fight with Diego Sanchez. which was masterful by the way buddy? I enjoy that shit a lot of great exchanges with him. I'm getting out of Shit and would have capitalized on most but it was like watching something. It was almost like watching like my Tuesday night. Class would too high level grapplers where Michael Michael was always a step ahead and then comes fucking elbows but it was beautiful man. Thank you sir. Well chicken wings chicken wing softening opening them all but to his credit. That fucking Diego you literally. There's some guys they take enough in all right. I you'll find the way there's a way there's always a way to find a way out. You know what I mean Diego. Some guys that they don't have to you have to switch off you. have their lights. Are Diego Geico could have one on one leg. They'll still come after you crawling. You gotta just beat them down so you got to be what was the mindset going into that Diego fight it could have been just as submittal prepared to fight hard for three fives in. Yeah doubt pretty much I mean I never go to a fight wanting to go to decision I I always always WanNa get to finish in for a lot of reasons when you finish a fight that really propels career. This was only five ever had in my career where I was like. You know what this guy is it. Don't take it because each arrives off being resilient. You don't be like if I like. There was one woman almost out of your naked Toga. I think it was in the second round kind of bailed on it because I'm like if I go for this and I miss. You can come back to life in this bribes. You know so. It's not that I really played it safe but I was like. This is a guy where I just got beaten out three rounds taking down control. You know I was confident that I beat him in a grappling exchanges. I think that for being tall skinny guy. I think I can get overlooked in terms of like my grip straight so. I think that you know. I don't think he thought they were GONNA go the way they were but they did. They got my hand race. And it's just sucks it you you know I want to get it finished. But he got like he gets respect where you know where where were necessary. You know what I mean. Now of all one hundred percent I mean the okay. I mean he's an interesting guy. I always pleasurable interactions with them. But there's no questioning as hard as a warrior but now look at the guys you're taking out. I mean we're coming off Carlos Convent Diego Sanchez. And now you're fine art. It's like you got something against the old school guys. What the fuck is going on over the Air Michael? Hey Oh he did it he did and I was talking to Karyn Bryant and I was like yeah I think he must become become an easy fight and she's like well. I think the guys fought every I mean you look at the landscape division spot. Everybody in topics me. I think that this was more. Just finding a pint is like you know maybe about rape but have somewhat of a lightweight. So there's something to come with what I mean. It would be his mistake. The asked me thinking that's an easy fight about it. Easy after anybody's Burmese. So I have nothing against the old yard perfect match up to get me. I'm sure to become world champion. Either in the guy. That's a win over him is going to propel L. meeting that top five. So this is the right fight to mate what you said to me. Interesting about the pressure to Being more on him you say because you felt more pressure when you were coming off two losses yourself what was that mindset like when you when you had a couple of losses in a row where you thinking like if this is a must win we're going to be in the AFC anymore or was it about your confidence It was kind of a combination of I was never. I never thought that you know loss of her biting row. I I didn't think I'd get cut side. You know what I mean but then again you can't think like that you always gotta cut assume the worst but he was more of a confidence thing and you know if I was to be completely honest with you guys you you know coming up those two losses lightly especially the you know the whole mishap with Kevin League and then I have the anti pedophile which is a fight I really I just never been in Ed regardless I being lightweight and win losing those two fights. I was like almost questioning if I wanted to fight anymore. My these away cuts is taking it out of me and starting hard to feel the pressure and after talking to my team and everybody like why don't you go up way class and see what happens and it was the best decision I ever made because now I don't see the end anywhere near the site. You know what I need. But when you're killing yourself with these way cuts and you're not getting the results that you want you know. It's very mentally taxing very hard sport. Is You so matt and confidence everything and so you know now that I've gone up way class after for me for me in the gym. You know it's like now now I'm really. We started to see what I what I'm capable of exciting. I mean I was very impressed with. RDA's takedown defense especially against the cage for his. Kevin Lee because candidly when the going gets tough. Well I said this before he fucking knocked out a Gregor Gillespie. I thought You know he usually go back to his grappling and go back to the shooting fast getting under the S. and and what are the would be able to do would always at at least just get one off so even though he was in deep he couldn't get one of them's up on the you grab her shoulder so he's trying to get him down with one arm to and Kevin was trying to be persistent ended up costing them so it can't just be as simple as looking to get in there and put him on his ass. What is what is your game plan? Yeah well I can't reveal too much but this is a fight where I'm going to have to show my skill set. You know what I mean like going into the Diego fight. I have that mentality. But he shot the shot on me the first ten seconds of the fight. And so that's just when my grappling years kicked in I just Kinda Kinda deviated a little bit away from the game plan but This this is a firearm. You've added a full skill set. And I don't fight like Kevin Lee. I mean you don't really see me. I'm not really looking to get underneath. Guys you know and I'm smarter smarter than that. I know you look at the size. RDA's fucking legs. Good luck you try a you put up against the fence. You gotTA fight those fucking thunder thighs in my skinny little arm versus big old is. I don't know how that's GonNa go but I have a plan you know for wherever the fight goes I know I want to get the take down the know. How many get them But one thing is I'm not gonNA fight him like Kevin. I don't think Kevin I'm not saying this to take a shot at him. Obviously I I just don't think he fought very intelligently. I think that you look at a guy like you know. You're not just going to bully him against the fence and take down. I mean you you so matt take a Division One wrestler and you'll never be able to take them out open. Matt Wrestler gets pence. You can take him down when it works vice versa with RDA. I think you have a better shot taking him down on open map if you're gonNA shoot underneath him than you would if you're gonNA put them on the pets you know what I mean. You know. That's interesting that's both wrestling and true. Oh you got him up against their. He can't get his hips away. You got those long arms but he is good at getting those at least one off so you can't just rely on that now. It makes it very the exciting for nothing when you think when you when you think about it he did fight. You might shoot on you. He's a he's a good block belt. He took down. Look what he did. The Neil Magny took him down. He's got arm triangle choke. He's got a nice head narms. Okay yes and that's a dude around your hi. I'm not competing. You guys got different styles but got it makes it exciting I. I'm going to be watching Jimmy and I want to talk about field so good at welterweight. What do you attribute so? Many guys are jumping way classes and changing way classes. What do you attribute that to see that more now in the last few years where guys are being very very effective? What is this this trend? That's driving guys to to move around a little but I don't really. I don't think it's really a trend. I think it's just guys leading the charge like for me. It was watching dust. EMPORIA I mean he. He was a huge fricken. Forty five or he's even still a big barrel chested fifty five and I see the success. He has gone way class. Like you know. Maybe it's worth a shot. You know what I mean like. I came from a time I started training in two thousand nate and I I came from the era like the Taylor. The military words like spars many rounds. You can fresca every minute cut as much weight as you. Can't these the biggest possible like I. I started training is at the tail end of a very extreme. You know what I need so That's kind of what I thought was enormous cut the most weight either biggest biggest guy and I'm starting to learn that's really not true and it's not a testament to my skills you know what I mean so Now I maybe I'm just part of the new guard. Maybe yeah I'm just part of these guys just being a little more intelligent with my training and my preparation and being in the right way class and roughly how much you cutting. Now when when you're a fighting Actually pretty close to the same amount as I did it lightly but just I would have to work my out of soft to get down to one and seventy two where I could cut fifty five. I check my weight this morning. I was eighty four and a half. So you know I'm already. I'm already in North Carolina right now. So smooth sailing. You know what I mean. Jumping the gun. I got here last night so you know I'm still cutting around the same amount of weight but it's just a lot different. I'm not killing myself to get within cutting range just eating dieting gunar and the main event to curtis played against J. D. S. is a very very interesting fight as well and you and RDA YEA are the coma. And that's this Saturday in in Raleigh and let me tell you something. The best way to go towards that championship title is the takeout. A former former champion. You know what I mean at thirty two years young Jimmy was pointing out before the show he goes Matt he was thirty. Isn't that when you shocked. DOC The world and you became champion. I go yeah Jimmy he mike he fucking embarrassing. I texted until I'd love to bring this up on the show and he'll he'll let me or not. Let me but I'm listening to me by John. I'm so excited for you. This is your fucking here Michael. You're damn right man. Let's the fight can't wait. Thank you serve as good talking that tell the voice. Oh Rachel Cruz and everybody out. Joyce is at my best in tune in Vancouver make my run at the title and five days. I'm going to have a belly full of pasta movie ready to fuck. Yeah Buddy Good luck arrive Michael you guys. Now he's fun. Michael Jimmy Fan question. Oh good I was hoping where is it it then we got being questioned and perfect. That's the theme song. Fan Question Nevin in an Nancy Question Amen. Let me tell you something. Greg doesn't have to fight. He doesn't have to fight and he really he doesn't but he's a fighter. Sure that's what fighters do it absolutely is. I'd love to hear what a fan would ask by the way Rocco Motto Ferry. How amazing was that Myself I kind of call that one. That was a veteran figuring out how to beat and oh by the way that that was what the fuck was that Dr Check in the leg for I mean I. That was very bizarre to me when he checked macy barbers. ACL giving an exam. I am in there that he's never seen that China Mail finding like that and I. Why didn't that was weird? I just thought but you gotta give props to Roxanne I know so And I believe the second she hit her and when she hit her hit macy Barbara. I don't know what it was. What a Jabber right? And and when macy fell it looks like she did something to a leg But that's no excuse afterwards when how honest Roxy was when she's like You know You have to Mercilus. You have to really take advantage of it you have to. She's and she's and for a girl who has the you know who's been in the game. As long as she she has and has nothing to do with the fact that she loves Star Wars. But the fact that you don't WanNa she said she'd been in the game a long time and it was nice to see that victory for and for macy barber. Burn the future. I think she's the future I think she'll be back she'll learn from this. The one thing that concerns me is. She's very athletic. And she's a powerful girl heavy hands but sometimes when your athletic its power out of things and she got out of the mouth a couple times like that but every time you do that that energy bar takes a big hit like in a video the game and then the third or fourth time. She was mounted whatever it was. She's not getting out the same and from the waist down. Her legs weren't moving so I'm not seeing the proper hip movement elbow escapes and whatnot. It's Jitsu thing so she should be doing flow. Drove up and down. The Matt having people locked their legs mounted underneath there but which she she has to straighten her legs user fee to untangle can start escaping the guard if you WANNA reversal up and down the manse. That's what I would recommend and to get her hips. Moving Wasn't surprised at that. I was happy for Roxanne. I like macy Barbara too but I. I was happy to see a veteran. I always like to watch a veteran. do something like that. The WHO thinks that people think is is fairly unbeatable and you just said that how you like her and you like her in his time Jimmy. 'cause I feel so comfortable and I stopped myself. I stopped my phone help elven going. Well I like you boop you in the nose. I wouldn't mind literally stop because that's not what grown men do true. And I know you I know I know you for over a few years. You'll very close. But that's not normal. Behavior Jimmy Yeah but I do like you a lot and I like all right. I'm sorry by the way the Tim Elliott fight it extremely exciting off in that third round him. Doing the strategy of throwing my arms down and leading with my face was a very odd strategy. He's a tough fuck man but that to me is not how you're GONNA win third round. That hit the way he his fighting style with his mullet. I'm all in. Yeah I'll watch Tim Elliott anytime. That was a mistake though and Civic Yussef Against Andrei Phillies. CDC looked incredible. Feeley is very very tough. That was a great fight. It was I agree. It was a tough fight. It was a close fight Man's D.C is hard to To hold down you know what I mean. So let's get a fan question all right Maurice Greene Rian. I wanted to say to against the Alexi. All that was one of my favorite fights. Maurice is a really really tough guy and really resilient on the floor and that was sad to see him Tab Four thirty eight. He finally he gave him. But I guess you would know better than me but his niece slipped and he was able to extend the arm fully. I love talking about the Green Fall. My God I that was fun. Yeah I don't. I'm not a big fan of those Scarf hold neck crank some. It's I mean it's it's effective for strong is but one. If you lose the head you could give your backup an happens off. Inverse Q Jitsu guys. It's a big no no But I see how is so he put a lot into it where I'm like man. He must be getting just exhausted. But I I just I loved you Jitsu and no matter how tough you are. It's just when you got your elbow going what is extended. And it's going in the other direction hyperextension you You slowly you saw the fielders POPs the elbow. I don't care how tough you are. Your instinct is the tap and yeah he had to save. His arm was a game of inches and he had add it. Just it was right on his pelvis and that would have been a broken arm so he made he made. The right may derive game and he was gutsy all right. Let's pick a fan question. I shine question the to do we got. We've got this All right how about this. Okay shoot underscore baby. Jesus or maybe he sues God you think conor deserves to be considered or even in the talk for a one seventy title shot. Do you think he should have to run it with Tony. And Justin Gates you at one fifty five before Habib Matt We kind of discussed earlier. Personally I think that it should be a mass vidal and Connor and the winner of that. We'll have a shot at who spend much the next. I think he's definitely earned. That and as far as a shot at Habib I think conor depends on who wins. Connor Tony I'm sorry Habib. Tony how it goes. I mean if it's a quick knockout and not an interesting rematch. Then maybe connor gets that. But I also tired of Justin G- H. E. B. in stepped over because his name is not as easy to to write down and say the fans have to recognize. Not just the casual fans at gateway is one of the most fucking exciting guys so gate. She Connors the fight. I would like to see or Mashadov Connor. That's my opinion. Not that I'm battling that I'm trying to say that they should cater to connor anything. But let's talk about motivation for Connor. What's the motivation and fight engage? The guy's a fucking beasts right and there's nothing personal in there. I just hear me out. Let's put him for his ds for a third time. They have history. This is something that could motivate him. It's gotta be motivating. I feel for him. This fight will cowboys motivating cowboys character. And he's alleged feather in the cap you know. It's going to be scrap wherever it goes so I could see connor wanting to come back with that fight or to make that happen with him and cowboy so styles make fights but more than that I I feel that it's got to be something personal now. Him In neat. It's there I'll tell you right now. Hunky Dory next to the best friends rides next to him. You got that right. There's a spectator both got a winner over each other. Second fight was closer I I. I'd like to see that. Because they have personal stuff there and him with Habib they got that that that can get a little dark again. But it's intriguing. Mash finale thing but now is the one I feel. That could get caught up in like just being the fighter in him. Yeah he might say okay. That's where everybody's looking at. He Starts Aspirin E- versa with need. He was fourth round. Yeah fourth yes fourth round. So you know. He's he's been on such a terry knocked out there until he might say all right. That just looks like a party for me. The fight so I would like to see if I either NATO Mazza down likes to be honest Hubby. I Dunno it just goes so dark and it'll be fun too but not that's not at all. I am not again. I understand the business end and of course. That's the fight or matt mashed dollars a huge fight as well but the fight. I want to see if you if you put a gun. I would say the fight I want. which is blocking to get is congregate at one fifty five? I don't see that happening. Because like you said the upside for Connor Gates. He's not champion. If she was champion that would be the motivating factor to get the ball OPEC. But I think he's GonNa stay Wellard for a little while but I I don't I don't know if he'll deal with it or not. He liked back down and fight for a belt. One fifty five was it for hated. That beat Pettit. was that more of a neck crank I am. I remember the fight correctly where it looked like. He was squeezing the on the. Yeah get it up there. He might have went. Went under the job. For some reason I remember. Sometimes it starts on the Jaw Damian Maya Style and if you don't tha it'll go onto the neck and the karate and it's Kinda how have you had on the job well it'll break the jaw. Yes here. We go man. I like a lot. You know and Pettus. He's having a hard time when the going gets it gets really tough. Sometimes he you know he he has a hard time up here. We go punch punch punched off them up punch Sh- and now he gets an immediately are is on the faces a tap on th- there you go. That's kind of half and half. I mean gene. You know it's it pedestals He got out of the. You know you got caught in that show you know you look in the face your mouth it and you're still in some danger but as you know hey good a lot of respect for your. He's got heavy hands. I never questioning his closing. The distance instance with that. It was almost like an old school Jitsu putting his legs kick into clinched. It was interesting. He he didn't get damage there. You know quick plugs. Yeah I gotTa Plug to you know. Jimmy go you plug. I could see me on the degenerates on Netflix. And also added a second show at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston. I got the third third February. The third US are able to be in foxwoods casino. And there's a late show has been added to the Wilbur Theatre in Boston Saturday April fourth seven o'clock and a nine forty five. Show Jimmy Jimmy this Friday. Now you know with a New York Comedy Club is I do. Twenty is it twenty fourth and second. No no no or is it a New York. New One is East village. Eighty Fifth East Fourth Street. Oh Yeah so yeah. I know I'm going to be down there. I'm not doing any comedy. I'm silly but there's my buddy Christian haul off does a show called s live can. Do you know how I talk about all Deke Shit. It's everything from pop culture Richard Movies. It's kind of like this. We don't talk about fights okay dirty shape but it's GonNa be a comedy club. I want us to do something like me and you should not a comedy thing but ah show Eli. Yeah absolutely but anyway if I want a lot of the unfiltered army there is according when I say on me but we know it's Corny so it's kind of like sounds fine. It's fun here. Where's the cheers? I found that now when I didn't need it couldn't find it before but I'll be there on Friday January twenty thirty four at the Comedy Club in the village hanging out with those guys at five o'clock pm. Thank you drew. DOBER- Michael Book let me give it a proper name here is called called quitters never win my life in UFC. And of course believe you me with Michael Best. But he's a really really entertaining. Honest Guy I thank you fighting co main event this Saturday night Saturdays from now it is this okay in Raleigh blades and jd is the main event and of course I he is fighting Raphael Diaz Andrews Wednesday. Jimmy is. I'll tell you. 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Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More

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Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More

"Heroine it's area Hawaii before we begin. Today's very special show. I just want to tell you about a brand new podcast here. ESPN that we're all very excited about. It's it's called the S V pod starting this week Scott Van Pelt will be back on the audio airwaves talking sports gambling and honestly everything in between tween and if you don't know Scott Van Pelt where the heck have you been. He's an absolute legend. One of the nicest and most talented people here it is. I'm a huge fan of his and I can't wait for his his return to the airwaves. So if you haven't yet I strongly recommend you subscribe to the SV pod which you can find wherever you get your podcast and once you do so be Dan lookout for episode number one dropping later this week and before you take a listen to our very special show today remember that the following may not be suitable for all audiences mrs so listener's discretion is advised. Enjoyed the show. Ladies and Gentlemen Welcome. I am too back in your life on this Monday January anuary thirteen two thousand and twenty Hogan everyone. I'm area. Who WanNa it is so great to be here with you on this Monday afternoon in Bristol? Connecticut Connecticut what a way to start. What should be a really fun week? A really memorable and fun week. I feel it. It's been awhile since I felt something like this before. And of course these kinds of feelings come along with a Connor McGregor flight and so here we are five days away from the return of Conor McGregor arguably the most famous fighter in the history Eh of the sport of mixed martial arts. I don't know who would argue against that but nevertheless sure you can argue against it if you want the biggest draw the face of the UFC still his first fight since October of two thousand eighteen it's UFC two forty six. It goes down this Saturday. Las Vegas T mobile arena. You see the lineup. The main card hard right over there conor McGregor Donald Sironi main event welterweight fight five rounds. We are five days away from that fight. And you know I've been thinking why this one feel so exciting. Why feels special because I know some of the narrative has been? Hey you you know. It's kind of flying under the radar and hey it doesn't feel big doesn't feel like there's a lot of buzz. I would argue the opposite way I would say it feels bigger because we've had a break AAC and this almost feels like our version the Ma version of opening day. The last year of C event was December twenty first in the middle of the night in South Korea. The plus pay-per-view was December fourteenth. So it feels like it's almost been a month between events and that has given us a lot of time. I think to talk about this fight to talk about the return. The stakes the story leading up to this point and it feels to me. And maybe it's because I just came back from Las Vegas. I flew to Las Vegas League late. Thursday night sat down with Connor on Friday afternoon and then flew home that night. And maybe because I was there I was around his team. I spoke to his coaches coaches and it started to feel nostalgic. It started to feel like the old days and they were saying to me about Connor. And I'll and I'll share my thoughts on conor McGregor in that interview. Who is going to air on? Today's show in its entirety was around forty seven minutes. It will air later on. I'll give you the lineup in a second but the main thing that I'll say right off the top is as I was waiting for him and even in the lead up to me going out there and sitting with them and I really do appreciate him giving us the time. He's not talking to a lot of people and it certainly is. It certainly is something that we appreciate that he would give us that time. especially that much time but the main thing that I kept hearing was Oh. He's happier than he's ever been. Oh Oh he no. He's in a great spot mentally physically. This is the old connor. This is better than the old all that stuff and to be honest I roll my eyes and I said I've heard this before and and I said this is a cliche that we hear in the game in sports all the time. Best camp ever all that stuff. But then I sat down with Conor McGregor and I would say that that this is a completely different person than the one that we've seen the last couple of years completely different and we talked about a lot. We touched on a lot. He owned up to a lot. He was very he was very open. I thought he was very forthright. It was different than the guy that I spoke to in August in my opinion and so I'm very curious to hear what you think. You had a lot of thoughts on the August interview. I'm curious to hear what you think about. This particular interview was just two days ago and I know a lot of you saw the teaser. Clip that we posted and and a lot of you are saying that he sounds happier and he sounds more calm. And maybe a little more humble rejuvenated. I can't wait to hear the thoughts afterwards words because I left with a lot of thoughts and I left believing what they were telling me going into the interview. which is he is rejuvenated? He is refocused he is doing all the right things. A lot was touch on a lot was revealed. So I'm looking forward to sharing that with all of you This this sort of Zen like and to be honest. I've been in this before right. I've it reminded me a little bit leading into it of my situation with with John Jones. Back in two thousand and fifteen. When I went to Albuquerque after the hit and run accident I was talking to a guy who's telling me that he was going to change age and he was telling me that he was different and that he has a new lease on life? And all this stuff and I was thinking. Okay I'M GONNA here's some of the stuff that I heard with John because there's a lot of parallels there on with with the trouble that he was getting into and would John. I felt the entire time that he was nervous that he was unsure of himself. I felt that he was kind of feeling like one. One hundred percent. Believe what I'm seeing in this moment and of course we know what happened afterwards. He got in more trouble later on. Didn't get that sense this time around and we never know what's going to happen. It's impossible to predict but didn't get get that sense this time around so that's going to air later on today show. Of course. This is a special fight because there is no belt on the line. It's the first time since the Dennis in a super fight in two thousand fifteen where connors not a champion or. There's no belt online. Because even when he fought twice those were entitled fights but he was still a champion right he was still champion in those fights in this particular case. No belt no champion but it still feels like a big deal because of the comeback because of the stakes aches because of everything that's attached to this fight and so here we are for the first time since you have C.. One eighty three two fighters going into a fight off losing streaks takes off losses to fighters going into a fight main eventing a pay per view first time since Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz did it. You Have C. One eighty three. That's special on its own rate. And the first time since he fought Diego Brandao that he's fighting fighter coming off a loss as well. That's a key thing that no one's talking about the mental part of coming off a loss and then fighting on a stage like conor McGregor. Let's be honest a lot of you say that about surrounding. He has said that about himself. Mentally sometimes he falters in those situations he crumbles in those situations houses confidence going into this fight and and I know as I am about to tell you the line-up here I know a lot of you said over the last day where Sironi on this show whereas his team on the show. I just WanNa make this very clear. I've asked multiple times to come on this show. Not just today but leading up to the fight and team as well unfortunately he declined and as a result of him declining. His team declined as well. But Trust me when I say I tried to get him in his team on multiple occasions coming today show. Hey you got to play with the cards you are dealt and so we will play with these cards. We've got a great show lined up for all of you today all things you have see to forty six discuss now. This is our coverage scheduled for this week. I'm going to Las Vegas on Tuesday tomorrow. Look at all this stuff. We've got our own bag. I live from Sin City on Wednesday and stay on. ESPN plus we've got my radio show special edition of this show on the radio national. Espn Radio National Midnight Eastern. So that's going to be after the press conference which is at eight PM Eastern. That's going to be a lot of fun we've got the way in show on. ESPN plus at noon eastern UFC live to forty six pre show. We've got in addition addition to all that all of our coverage that's going down as far as media day. Mazda is doing a press conference. I'm I'm told on Thursday's world is a ton there is a special edition of. UFC she live on. ABC said ABC ABC NOT ESPN ESPN ABC. Going into a basketball game. Which is incredible my show at four eastern radio show three hours on the radio leading up to the card? So there's a lot there. Let me tell you about today's lineup. Because it's a special and I'm very excited about today's show and and then we will get rocking and rolling so In about two hours and thirty five minutes three thirty five. We're back torch tradition with coach. John Kevin Remember prior to the Habib. He didn't come on and we know what happened there. He wanted to keep things tight and in camp did come on the show. We saw what happened now. We're going back to the old ways coming on the Monday before. I'm looking forward to having John. Kevin on the show tells about the camp and everything leading up to that this fight. Roxanne Montazeri has a big fight coming up against macy barber on Saturday a UFC. Two forty six I saw at the Pi on Friday. And I thought you know what it'd be nice to have Roxanne on as you know friend of the program. We got our happy warrior. Fan Right over here. We've got her book. Had to be positive right over here. So we'll talk to Roxanne Bend modifier at three twenty. We'll talk to Rowdy Owen. Roddy striking coach for Conor McGregor. I'm looking forward to that as I knock over Roxanne's Fan. I always do that. We'll get his perspective effective and he's also launched a new amateur program here in the United States. I'm looking forward to talking to him about that. At around two fifty-five we'll have a lot of celebrities making their prediction of for the fight fifteen celebrities way in stay tuned for that surprise celebrities. I asked a bunch of them to weigh in. That's going to be a lot of fun. A lot of familiar faces at two o'clock. My interview with Conor McGregor will air in its entirety. The sit down from Friday where we talked about all those things leading up to this fight on Saturday. So that's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to you all seeing that one forty-five Anthony Pettis will join us. He has a big fight on Saturdays. Well against Carlos Diego Fajita pick for him coming back to one fifty five Fajita with a five five fight winning streak. He is the fighter on this car with the longest winning streak so a big spot for him an opportunity for Anthony pedestal. Get back on track. Eddie Alvarez we'll join us at one thirty. He is just one of three fighters to a fought both ceremony and McGregor the other two of course Nathan. I didn't see over. And so we'll get his thoughts on the fight and also get thoughts on how he's feeling remember who's part of the one championship lightweight term and had to pull out due to the ankle injury. So we'll get his thoughts on on his health as well and y'all celebrate his birthday yesterday so a big couple of days for eighty Alvarez first birthday then appearing on this program and of course at it One ten we're going to be joined moments by the Great Dominick Cruz who is One of the most brilliant minds in the game of course co-host of unlocking victory with Gilbert Melendez which airs on all the different ESPN platforms. Wanted to get his take on this fight and how he's feeling as well everything going on in the Bantamweight Division with Henry. So who don't all. It's a by the way before we get to let me know when when he's ready. Oh I didn't you didn't tell me all right. Let me just say I appreciate everyone who watched the the award show and I appreciate all the comments. Comet everyone weighing in it was a lot of fun to to hear. Everyone's take on the award show last week. You know what I'm talking about anyway. Let's move along now and say hello to the Great Dominick Cruz. WHO's kind of to join ruinous from his car? There he is dominic are you. I do not here dominic. We'll reconnect with them here or try to fix that. Dominic you hear me give me a thumbs up if you do okay. Maybe he doesn't even hear me all right well. We connect with with dominic in a matter of moments. Of course one of the most brilliant minds in the sport and actually had a chance to talk to To Connor himself he posted a picture on his instagram. I think it was last Sunday that they had a chance either Saturday or Sunday they were both at the Pi and they had a chance to talk to each other. So I'm curious about that exchange but we haven't seen dominic inaction since December of two thousand and sixteen. There's the photo right over there. And by the way the one thing that struck me in this photo look how big connors left hand is. I mean that thing is gigantic is it just the angle or is it really that big. I mean I know. Obviously the left hand is his you know his famous hand and the famous punch and all but holy smokes. That thing looks like bigger than Dobbs head GonNA thing. It's unbelievable it's got the big appeared long hair Going into this fight. I'm curious about that exchange but like I said December two thousand sixteen we actually Recently on the ESPN may twitter and instagram page recently posted a TT of the last time we saw dominic in a in a post fight press conference setting that great scene after his fight against cody. Garbrandt he was standing up the whole time and that got a ton of love like a million views on that clip him standing up. I think a lot of people just hadn't seen it or just love seeing it again. Him standing up and just taking the the defeat in stride and just having such a great perspective when it came to that particular flight and we'd love to see him back on instagram earlier today that he appears to be in in great spirits he was getting some simplicity done. It seemed like on his shoulder. I think it was either a shoulder arms. So hopefully in two thousand twenty which we are in now we'll get a chance to the CMO back in action and things are wide open at one. Thirty five of course We don't know who Henry Pseudo is going to fight next to. You is pushing for the elbow fight Henry by the way finding love announcing on instagram Graham over the weekend so Mazal Tov to him. His his his lucky partner. But we don't know when he's going to return we also don't know who is going to fight that's still very much up in the air. He's talking about although we have been not so into that fight. Personally guy coming off a loss. I don't know how you should be fighting for a belt only one in a division. Where does Cruz fit into all of that? I Know Coy San Hagan trying to get a fight against him. He's not fighting on the January twenty fifth card in Raleigh North Carolina. So hello there is. There is a lot to discuss with Mr Dominick Cruz. By the way you know going back to the Connor fight here for a second as we try to connect with him you you know it's interesting because I do believe as I mentioned at the top. A lot isn't being made of the fact. That ceremony is going into this fight on to winning streak. Excuse me losing streak usually when you go to fight historically like. I said the last time someone went into a connor. McGregor fight on a loss. Diego Brandao. Usually you're going into a connor fight on a winning streak week right. You're you're floyd mayweather of course your. ATS COMING OFF A win. Your Hubby Moraga made off coming off a long streak. Eighty hours coming off winning the belt. your shows Aldo on on cheek. You're typically rolling right. You're typically on a high. Your your confidence is on a high as well and you're not not coming off two losses in which you have been stopped. It doesn't matter if you're fighting on the PRELIMS IF YOU'RE A fighter coming off of two losses in which you have been stopped I would imagine. Your confidence is a little bit lower than if you're on a winning streak so that's a really interesting aspect in this of course conner's coming off a loss as well uh-huh and he hasn't fought in a while but I think that's a really interesting aspect that people aren't talking about all right. Let's see if we can connect with dominic here. He's joining us now via the phone. Dominic are you there dominic. Do you hear me all right. I think he hears me. We'll connect we shall. We shall make this happen okay. Seems like he's maybe using his his bluetooth. We'll get it done. We'll make it can happen so anyway that I find to be a really interesting thing of course wondering how Connor is going to react to being back everything everything. That's happened pressure on him as well to gain fans back at the end of the day. It really doesn't matter the opponent in my opinion like I said to him versus a broomstick. We can argue about. Should've been this guy. Should it have been geeky. Should've been a guy on a winning streak. Should've been a top contender for the casual Israel Fan for the Joe Sports Fan out there for the mainstream sports fan. All they needed was a win in my opinion I think that a lot of fans are trepidation. I think a lot of fans are taking a bit of a wait and see how this all pans out. is He really back about a lot of people. Come up to me A.. And say you know. Is He really back is he. Is he going to take this seriously. is He really going to stay on the straight narrow all this stuff and I think a lot of fans are not wanting to buy in fully and that's okay but I think one big victory I think one great session Russian on the microphone after and might even honestly it might even happen leading up to Saturday with the past press conference on Wednesday that five o'clock Pacific eight o'clock eastern eastern might even happen. Then I think after that and I I honestly wouldn't be surprised if if he actually throws us for a loop remember before the Chad Mendes fight a lot. Lot of people thought that he would come out very strong very aggressive that he would come out throwing insults and things like that didn't do that. He was very calm going into that. Fight supremely calm and I think he'll come out. This is my guess. I don't think anyone knows. I don't even think he knows. I think he'll come out supremely calm in this one. If if my conversation with him on on Fridays any indication I come out very calm on Wednesdays. Well I don't think you'll see the same kind of fireworks works in Vitriol and animosity that we saw in the Hubby and I think that turned off a Lotta people. As well in fact I was looking back at his debut debut we do a thing on our our linear. TV show which airs on Tuesday nights on either ESPN TOUR ESPN news. And I was looking back at the debut against Marcus. Bridge April six of two thousand thirteen in Stockholm Sweden He was the fourth fight on that card on the facebook. prelims amazingly came out. beat him. one-sided win sixty seven seconds like I said gets the sixty Jeez and then I watched the post fight press conference and it's fascinating because in the post fight press conference. He says something that is actually something that he has been saying leading up to this fight and it was great foreshadowing to what was to come in his life. No one could have guessed that he would have turned into what he ultimately became but he actually gave us a clue as to who he is and what he's all about what could happen if he does get riches and fame and all this stuff and maybe starts to drift. We have that we have that sound. I wanted to share that with you. Because I thought that was fascinating insight into who he he is and even though he's changed so much he's really just the same guy. He was telling us that this was going to happen. This is seven years ago April two thousand thirteen post by press conference Stockholm Sweden. Take take a listen to what connor said after that fight. Just I felt the same. You know what I mean even walking in you know people say about. UFC jitters an auto. uh-huh feel it just felt like another contest and competition is competition as a matter of an local club here and I just felt the same to be honest. I don't know what's is going on here. I'm just here in sixty thousand dollars. I'm just thinking what I'm going to spend on a car anyway. Nice car maybe. Some citizens awesome customer. I don't know just last week. I was collecting the social welfare. And I was in the name like. I don't know what's going to happen. Scientists Labra now as opposed to tell anyone you want you. You WanNa fight next whatever I just want to be kept busy. Competent competition keeps me focused on time. I don't have competition ahead of me. I just seemed to Drift WanNa be kept busy and let's just whatever whatever you wherever and whenever you know you see that. He said right right there when he's not competing he's drifting when he's not competing he's losing focus and that's been the knock and of course he went in a completely different direction and no one could have predicted the legal issues and the incident and the Miami incident. I mean there's just everything that happened post to twenty nine. Look at all that but he said right there when he had no money when he had nothing nothing nothing to his name. When I'm not competing I'm drifting where I'm not competing I lose focus and it's very much the same things that you say now? I wasn't competing. I was losing focus. I was drifting. I found that to be fascinating. Little turn back the clock for all of you in another fun thing. That hasn't been talked about so much. It's leading up to this fight conor brought in a new slash old face to his Catt Ball. Tell you about that person in a moment. Let's try to connect once again with Dominick Cruz. Let's try this now. Dominic are you there dominant. Can you hear me okay. We shall reconnect connect with Dominic. Not sure what's going on with the phone situation but we'll We'll effort as they say in the business So I was just was telling you about. I'll give you the cheese now. This is what happens sometimes when you do live stuff an interesting story. That's played out that I think has flown under the radar that I think we'll get more attention leading up to this fight. One guy that he brought in a familiar face man by the name of Phil sutcliffe cliff. Who is the owner of the Crumlin? Boxing Club the first guy to introduce them to any form of combat sports. When he was twelve years old he went there for the first time and trained in boxing? There we've heard about chrome Phil had never been a part of any of his camps had never been a part of his corner owner for any of his fights in the UFC. He will be part of his corner in this fight. He is a part of the camp for this fight. He is in Las Vegas. He has been training with him and He has said that he did recently. A Good Friday a sparring session and at atk Crumlin for the for the locals for the community for the boxing club and he had a moment. tiffany where he's like. I should have had these guys. My old coaches from back in the day the people who introduced me to boxing back in the day I should have had these people helping me out for the Mercer fight which makes a lot of sense. You have boxing coaches. You're going to have them a part of your boxing camp. When you're making your pro? Boxing debut people who you and so he has brought him back and I think there's great great symbolism in that I think it's it's really fascinating part of this new old going back to the old ways a simpler time a more innocent time to bring back the people who introduce you you too fighting. Who taught you that left hand taught you how to compete taught? You had a fight you bring those people on. That's a really cool story all right. Let's try to get dominant crews here. One more time dominant. Please tell me you can hear me. Can you hear me. I hear you dominic. You're the man thank you. I'm sorry about that. I Apologize Let's get into it. Thank you for joining us. First off I just on your instagram. You're getting some PT. How are you feeling physically? Great you gotta stay on range and most of the movements when you're building back at My tie here going from Mama build a big win everything is up fee just gotta stay on the PT. You'll be able to return yet. I'm I'm sure for the next six months as my goal as an exact time none of that's been established yet I do we know that I'm just building this actress back right shoulder and I'm feeling really good on track. You will return. You will fight again. I will try it again. You you know and this time I'm just staying focused on. Do you know any chance he returned fight. It is against Henry Pseudo. Well there's possibility The way I look at it. He's a champion current and he told me that he wanted to fight me so I I wouldn't if I happen last. He plays musical chairs. Call out which is what he's been doing So I'm not sure what Henry Thinking. But when the champion of the division calls you out you step up and you take it right now is right. I need right for me so I think that's the fight that makes sense. I mean I did lose my last flight. But it was for the title. I was the title holder. And you know I didn't really get my thought to jump right back in there. 'cause I got myself injured back toback but my skill sets have not tarnished at all. They're still there. It's just a matter of stone up and getting that's right with Henry but he's got a right now. I don't think anybody knows what he wants. I don't think he knows what he wants to be on it. Yeah that is that is an astute astute observation perhaps. Let me ask you about this because we were just talking about it. We even showed the photo as we were trying to connect with you. You conversation it seems like with with Conor McGregor regret the last week and I saw a photo that you guys took together. Could you tell us anything about that conversation. What was it like what was what did you guys talk about? It was super like clear and concise conversation. I'd never gotten an opportunity to actually sit and have a conversation with him because there's always some people put like his security guards. He's got an interview or he's gotTa go have a drink window or something. I always going on so This time I walked the Pi. Shut down because I feel unlocked. Victory after the Pi shutdown either in the morning or at night And conor with their closing it down he was there doing training and right at the end of this training he was sitting there and and we just got talking to pick his brain a little on his well. He's doing different why he wants to find his I kind of explained to them how I style I say. Look look this is. I'm being you tonight In this breakdown and miss it how I see in the past few dismantled a lot of people and some of your habit and says this team accurate and he agreed with with the stuff that I was firm but he also said you know I got some other tricks up my sleeve and he showed me then as well and you know I didn't break those down on the show because you know I I wouldn't have known those I'm GonNa say that conversation with them as a Pi. So but I like where he was. I like what he was thinking. I like what he was telling. And I think it's GonNa be fun for the fans to see kind of a different set of movements for him. I mean for me as an observer is an analyst. I two different set of movements. I'll be curious to it'd be how it shows up on fight night for everybody else to see if they're able to make the read and if he's able to make those investments that he showed me if you're one of the most brilliant it minds in the game that's why I wanted to have you on for this particular show leading up to the fight and you had the opportunity to talk to him a little bit but you also did that unlocking victory show which I'm really looking forward to as well but if I could ask you how do you break down. Surani versus McGregor. What are the keys to victory for Surani McGregor? Could he do that for us. Can you give us a little taste. Yeah that show Oh itself will break all that down Where you can experience the movement? But if I'm talking about it in words Sironi gets to stay tall and and he needs to make sure that he's throwing combinations ending combinations with a kick to fight that I like to look back at her only a few shows up like this. I think he'll do really well against rick story a long time ago. It was a while back that he fought Rick Story and restore eh big seventy founder and throwing was coming over and he did really really well and fight now. Rick Stories and up is not under McGregor stand. We all know that however at the south fault it's very powerful and it's more sick Stony Tony. You want to go back and watch that I think would really work against the guy like Connor and you're going to need to because it's long combination slowing finishing with kicks either high or low. He's GonNA WANNA attack the body of early and he's GonNa WanNA attack attack the lexicon early but more than anything I think the key has thrown. He he has to come out already having a first round of fighting in the back so that when he shows up that octagon. He's in his second round already. Because because honor McGregor on fire in the first round leaves nothing nothing almost in the tank in that first round and Sironi. If you look a bit silly does like that. In the first he takes a lot of damage and take getting punched a little bit before he goes up second third fourth fifth round and he really easily win last for around but that first round rarely if I've seen thrown come out awake and never have I seen them come out as the wake I've connor does in the first round. So I think that the big adjust in this fight is GONNA BE SARONIC can come out in that first round as a wake and his warm and as punch ready at the second round when he's fights anybody else and if he can make that adjustment while the very good first round and if this out of the second round into three four and five hundred feet getting closer and closer edging towards ceremony with a with a good answer gives Miss Win I even told that to to connor honor as well and one of the things. That is what I don't really like people thinking that I can't go five. I've done with nate I've shown that I can do this. And I said to them all all we have is history and what you've shown us through. Have it and I asked her. I said habitually. What if what if we see and well in the late around? That's the only time we've ever seen fade. So that's all we have to work with and That's how I'm seeing. This fight laid around to throw money at first round. CARONI doesn't come out in his fights and the second round and I think it's GonNa be a hard a hard ground windfarms fascinating stuff can ask you when you say like to to the Layman Fan. When they hear you you say he? He has to start the fight. Almost like it's a second round. What would you do in the back? Would you do a full five round fight. You go as hard as possible to to sweat into like just try had to mimic what a first round might look like so that you are not as cold in that first round. Is that what you would suggest. Well I have no suggestions because thrown. He's got a a million fights. I mean what are you gonNA suggest to guy like that realistically. I have no suggestions. All I have is what I do myself and I do a long warmups and and you know ever since I was young. My wrestling coach always told me that always stuck with me. I would go to step on the Mat and if I didn't have a full blooded sweat going before I stepped on that wrestling Matt I wasn't I wasn't even allowed to go onto the mat. He's like no. You're not warm. You're not going so he's gotta be warned. He's gotta be woke up. I don't know what that takes take take from his camp but if you just watch any of his fight after the first round when he comes out in the second round he looks different he you look awake. It looks like a different fighter. Punches faster is reacting to different defenses. Improved everything is better in the second round with Ronin so my only only thing is if your him your his camp how do you create that second round fighter in round one that that's all I can ask the question of being I think for everybody. Do you think conor made a mistake by taking his fight. A one seventy no. I talked to Connor. And he's very confident. And you know something I heard you say it was the size of his hand next to my head. It's actually a valid point when you look at the size of his hands when you look at his feet and the size of joint. He's got the frame that can support report the way it's not like he's fat out of shape at one seventy he's just eating and not cutting way and for a guy like connor after talking to him. He prefers that feeling sick. The guy like me who grew up wrestling since I was you know eleven years old. I've been cutting weight my whole life so do not come a little bit away almost feel eerie to me. It almost doesn't feel normal for him. No that's not the case for him. It's harder to cut the way. It feels Erie to be drained and stuck down so I think mentally this is a good move for him and he's he's facing a ceremony where like I said in the first round when connor shows that the best thrown he doesn't generally he. I think If we're looking at habits and what I've seen in and film. Connor has the speed advantage. Sironi probably has you know the range advantage that how far out we can keep the fight. He has the advantage. I believe with his legs but realistically I think conor has the boxing advantage in the speed advantage in the powers. Pretty even on both sides I think ceremony has more powered his legs. Connor has more power in his hands. And this is a very very good matchup to make one hundred seventy pounds and in both these guys are just savages in the sports so nobody loses his fight fan. You've been around this game for a very long time this fight game and and I'm wondering I know you said that you haven't had a chance in the past when you did talk to him last weekend. Did you get the sense. People are saying that he is just happy calm relaxed. It seems like he's in a really great place mentally. Did you walk away from that conversation. Saying this guy is like putting on a front or this guy's truly in a really good place and is peaking at the right time. I'm going into this big fight. My experience of Conor McGregor in that moment if somebody at peace who's really looked at all angles and is really learning to deal with the spotlight in a more mature. Way I think everything that happened to him has been a learning experience from them when I sat down and talked to him and he's really understanding standing. What created the mistakes and where he was at when he was creating beautiful thing and The fact that he can recognize intake responsible for where he was at when things weren't working and the fact that he can recognize and be responsible for where he's at when things do work. I think that's a good sign for everybody. What he's WHO's watching this fighting everybody who is a kind of a fight and that his mind is at least coming at it? He's in his life outside of the gym from what I saw and that was you you know that was. I think the question is we always know. He's shows up to fight. But how is he able to contain his mind. His heart his his life is spirit when he's outside of the octagon that's most of US fighters riders. How did how can we contain life without fight And it to me. He looked like he was in a much more peaceful place dealing with what he needed to outside of lights. Make fighting eight more appealing and more effortless for him. How much stock should we put into effect on a two fight losing streak and not just a two fight? Losing streak been stopped twice in in his last two fights like I said earlier it usually connor fight someone there on a long winning streak. Confidence is high. Here's a guy who's coming off. Two straight losses in the span of six months is. Is that a tough spot for Sony debuted. Because don't you wanna be feeling good about yourself going to fight of this magnitude. Yeah I mean honestly with as many fights thrown tad how many times he lost and then come back and gone three four five winning streak. You can't even really like attach that to a guy like ceremony opinion because what he's got is so bad already. It's fought so many times you've got so much experience I think really what you got to look at. If I'm looking at cerrone e over the years and how he shows up and fights I think it comes down to his activity activity level. How active has he been? And how much rent has he given his body leading up to this fight because his last fight that I saw him lose. I don't believe that was the Sironi. That is the Rony I believe. That's the ceremony that got himself to four or five thousand a year and keeps grinding grinding grinding grinding and just take whatever gets thrown at him because he enjoys it but I think that a more clean cut strong savvy. Cowboy comes out if he'd lessons from four or five year. Two maybe three at least three. I mean that's a lot still so two to three. You know if you're fighting five around if a lot how to fight and he's got to get ready for a hard long fight in camp if you've got a five round title fight so it just depends on how well he took care of his body lead into this I think. How much did he give himself? So did he rest at all. Nobody ever knows that was her oni. 'cause it doesn't look like you ever really read if he's not training he's building something if he's not building something he's like walking taking a pit bull down the street or something you never know what what he's doing and if he's actually arresting so it really just comes down to rest I believe so for Surani final thing. Are you you calling this fight on Saturday. No I got that question a lot You know I kind of pulled away from some of the calls recently because I'm getting my body in in really strong shape and you know all that travel makes it all Davis he's office Sounds Great. It's probably call Mr Wonderful. No but I've been building my body stronger to get back in there and compete myself so difficult to is going back and forth area like all right how much TV. How much work can I do? Like a General Israel working class citizen in this regular life of ESPN and color commentary and podcast and all that and how much. How much do I need to set that aside in move into focusing on getting my body strong training competing to today's Rehab when you're traveling going cross country every single weekend you and me both can attest that's very difficult to stay in routine treating your body nicely so I've been focused and staying in? I will be calling John Jones versus Dominic Grant. So if you WANNA hear detailed call make sure you tune into that one okay. So then can I get your pick real quick at the end here. If you're not calling it give us a prediction who wins. Wow Hey you go. That was a nice one Mary. I'll give you that You know if I had a breakdown this fight I like Rony but what you just said about him. Being active in the past six months two times. That's the only thing I don't like I think that that's a little busy for for him. And I think I think conners able to get it done within within three all right. What a pleasure? Thank you dominic. I really appreciate great to hear that you're doing better. Sorry about the stuff at the beginning. Appreciate your patience and we look forward forward to talking to you again. Thanks as always all right. There is the one and only dominick Cruz. Such great insight. It's such a pleasure to hear him each and every time breaking these these fights and checkout unlocking victory later this week you can see it on a multitude of platforms him Gilbert Melendez. He did a fantastic job of breaking things down from a technical standpoint. Now let's transition to our next guess Eddie Alvarez standing by. Let's not wait make him wait any longer there. He is the birthday boy himself. Eddie Alvarez Edward how're you don't hear here Eddie and did you hear me. I can hear you all right. Cool happy birthday my man. What did you do yesterday nothing? We don't we have a dry January me and my wife never drank on January burke's or kind of Just out get a good dinner getting good meal and hang out with the kid. Wow okay well. Why don't you do that only February or something? What you have to do it on your birthday month now yes start year off right all right fair enough? Speaking of which. How are you feeling? We talked to the beginning of the show about the injury that forced out of the one championship tournament. How's the ankle? How's the leg? How's the health? I'm back through one hundred percent. We are wearing one championship about maybe about a month ago month or so ago. So I'm just waiting on the batch. Maters Gimme my next opponent and giving them my date. So we're ready. Wordy barring one hundred percent and when you say okay. You're ready to go. Do you think I know. They just announced in April Dj is going to fight the lightweight. Champion adrenaline is possible on that card possible beforehand. What are you targeting? I just seen this morning about l.. Dj Fight and so on. I'm hoping April. I'm hoping in April as well so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we're we're going to be ready regardless I'm going to be ready to fight three fights this year The idea of getting healthy again with the busy or forty forty so I want going busy title fight on my mind on it. Percents there to take Jacob Final this year so when twenty we we should go undefeated. I WanNa get the world vital. Okay I like it Obviously one of the reasons I want to have you on this particular week as well as because you're one of only three fighters fighters to a fought both Donald cerrone Kinda McGregor. The other two Dennis seaver and nate says when you first heard about this matchup what did you think what were the thoughts that went through your mind when you thought about you. No these guys very well. My my first thought was This by Probably should happen a little while ago. These guys were kind of going at each other a while back though But what a match up. I mean both fighters And both guys can win. Both both guys has what at eight to beat the other to show off that night. I'm excited about it as a fan thin had on it back maybe Fleiss and ask ask for your picking a second. But I'm just curious as someone who fought them both at one fifty five and as a veteran student of the game. What do you think of it? Being at one seventy does that change the will you think about the fight. There's what changed the way I think about the fight. The fact that this fight is happening at welterweight as opposed to lightweight. No it doesn't is it because both are lightweight. Great and they're just choosing not to cut the fifteen pounds order so I don't look at it like this is a welterweight fight. This is a lightweight. Eight by and both guys agreed not to cut the fifteen pounds of water from Tuesday to Friday that we all normally hut so to me. Hey this is a real welterweight. Fine okay dare. I say taking a page at the one championship playbook right yeah. It's hydrated lightweight. Fight we get to see both fighters The best of both fighters the fans the fans wins the fighters win and promoters went. So we want anybody different Gal overweight and one of the Story lines that have been discussed going into this. Fight is the magnitude of a connor. Our fight and historically Surani himself has openly and I really respect him for doing. This has talked about you know sometimes mentally. He hasn't been one hundred percent there. He gets very nervous before his fights. He's even his coaches have told me that before the Leeann Edwards fight. He tried to get out of the fight. He was getting nervous before it. And sometimes he has. You could say crumbled under the pressure. He hasn't won the WC title even though he fought for it a couple times never won the title. You've been in there against Connor. You know what that moment is like. Do you think this will be too big for someone like that. Who has has those tendencies? Who has those traits will that be a factor? I don't I don't think I don't think it's going to be an issue of Surani. Buckle under pressure audience. Uh I don't think southwest. You're only has any issue with an audience and or just showing off anywhere in fighting. He's already proven that I I started looking at this fight about two weeks ago. Who I would think would win this fight? And why so life for cowboy for me and When I looked at Dominick Cruz was like I thought that what I had to say? They had some value. Why it all as from a fighter standpoint but dominance though the words right out of my house my mouth now Despite for Rony is won or lost in the locker room before he comes out He needs to be hot. It needs to they do a full barring A full sparring round before. He's come out as a second round because the second round and third round cowboys caroni that we all know who is keeping distance letting US pick those needs go and combinations is on. That's the unstoppable now with Ronnie that people log and and the one that went by. I'm that's the guy. EAT The show up immediately the night his point it's fascinating to hear both of you mirror the same thoughts as one another and so let me ask you the same. Follow up that I asked him. How would you do that in the back because the back is kind of like? How do you actually do a full round? Would you just say go. Full as far as hitting mitts. Would you like mimicking entire row. What would you do back there? I would I bring my bring my head gear Out these binding guards and everything I bring my best barn partner And then and then you would you around. I mean it's go time. There's no turning back then so you do your full round and you come out in state not have to Like now boy almost his first round of every fight is sparring and he don't start fighting and stop barring though the second and third. He can't afford to do that with someone who comes out so hot like on on I would guess there. I remember there was a belief it was where I grab one of the fittest brothers. Sergio and me and him fought each other almost belong long. What is I felt like? I needed that From me out of felt like I needed off and When you watch even honor? I shared a locker room with him in the back act before he he was sparring beating the shit out autumn for life. ardal out. I was I was almost like I kinda get why someone comes out hot when they spun the back like that they don't need to get into state because they're already in state when you did that with Sergio did it help. Did you feel like it helped you in the fight. which was that you remember? It might have been might have been against. AG It was a real fast starter. It was there I think it was a get H.. H He may be in Detroit when I grabbed him. I said Hey man. Can we get some rounds at both of our coaches kind of decorated us. Physicians getting again. Then why light Longtime Philip. You need that especially against a starter and someone connor who he has the best. I eight minutes of any fighter out there So you're going to need to be on your kids like for Cowboy. I would say coming out hot number one I would say attack the lead leg very hard and fast the the body and stay in picking rain. Don't let him get in boxing. Ring for the first at least the first around St Discipline Flint stain kicking range. Let the door to his body and let the the lake go and whenever he can like he did on that Brazilian cowboy fight. Feel a take down here and there but we have some underrated like wrestling and you get through that. Don't get to show everyone all the time but these dangerous. They're amazing insight. Can I get your prediction. What's the official pick? So I have a horse race I I love the old school guys who started when I did my positive Alvin lawler Anita cowboys so my heart goes out to them. I respect both to these guys but in this particular point I'm picking Bonner and it's not because I think he's the better fighter. I actually think Aronie has more wedding and has more ways to win when I'm picking tonner because of where I think you're GonNa take place I think I think it's GonNa take place standing up. That just won't this won't be resolved on the ground and even more importantly it's going to be taking place in boxing rate honors. It's GONNA force and pressure Surani. And he's GONNA draw bad punches out of he's GONNA be able to bid on so I think it it takes place standing up. Take replace in Boston rains. And kind of wins because of his feet advantage reach advantage and that south hold Iran caroni has been victims a lot of south Wales. RDA headed He's been a victim of a lot of south poles founders owners of bad recipe for him and and if the fight days were at the. It's going to when I envision the fight. I think it's GonNa be standing up an inbox range. I see Connor winning but but that being said if all of us has fans watching get the third fourth and Fifth Brown. This is all going to get really fun. And we'll be able to seek cowboy Surani Echo so I'm looking forward to a good fight just like all you guys are can wait great stuff. Eddie thank you so much. I really appreciate the insight and happy birthday happy to hear. You're doing well looking forward to the return in in a big year for you in two thousand twenty. Thanks my man thank you all right. There he is the one and only the underground king himself at Alvarez. All right now. Let's go to a guy who's actually fighting on Saturday. UFC see to forty-six huge fight for him. Going back down to one fifty. Five is Anthony. Pettus he meets these streaking Diego for his last five in a row. Let's talk to showtime now via the magic of love skype. Anthony how are you. He can hear me but I can hear him. I hear I hear him. I see his lips like shelves reading my lips saying that he can hear me. All right. We're going to connect with Anthony Hero. I heard him anthony. I hear you you hear him. Yup All right cool man. Thank you for doing this and thanks for doing it via skype. I was expecting so. It's nice to see you by the way he was just telling a story. I don't know if you heard it do. Remember that with your brother going going at it with him. I'm in the locker room to prepare for one of his fights sparring you there for that. I'd rather know. He said that he asked your brother to help him prepare for one of his fights and they we did like a full on sparring session in the locker room before one of his fights and it got really tense and everyone had to break them up. Not Not an animosity thing but I was just surprised at Eddie. And you're way classes as you remember. That and I wasn't part of that. Okay that's crazy anyhow. Good to talk to you good to have you back on the show. Big fight for you this Saturday. First off why go back down to one fifty five to one seventy last year ultimately. Why did you make this call? It was always that opposite of fifty. Five I I did myself itself year off cut weight and and help man like right now. I'm feeling great on weight. Cut My body's not hurting and rests on fourteen months on since I went down the halls and like on this Monday how are you how are you feeling. And how much do you weigh. How much more do you have a great man? I have about eight pounds waking up until gallons. He owns watering track. Okay and then obviously this opponent dig overhead and not a household name but a guy who's really good and like I said he's on the longest winning an extreme of anyone as far as UFC fighter concern as far as anyone on the card is concerned five fights in a row. He's one when you were told that this was the opponent did you. Did you know of him. Have you seen any of his fights. Yeah actually fought teammate. On Jared Gordon so I didn't know he was And he's scrapped. Roads could fight okay. You're impressed press with him. I am five injury. I mean he has to use their needs so I'm excited about in their skills on and when you look back at the last time we saw you that was a big spot against. At as a lot of hype surrounding that fight. How do you feel about the fight? Now what are we five or so months later in your feelings about it about how it all went down. How do you feel man crazy? Young training camp for that flight was perfect. I know planes didn't get into California. I was like wait that Wednesday like the Tuesday before I was perfect training camp on and then we go to the fight. A Walk Behind the scenes of Yuzawa comes awesome. Hey we need this. This warrior drug test Monday the first drug test and was to believe you re hydrate so they had into a second drug test but I had to wait until the end so as by our house fight and I had I had to go again and his I'm closing I did a pistachio on those of the second battle. First bottle those I Bala kristaps person clap acquitted inside of a plastic lasted bag and I see blood. There wasn't as bag and I look at my hand and gashed my foam on. You saw mcgirt set. What's on Yeah I call? UFC dock and you not telling you thought it was going on. You'll see dot com zanies. Like argh need stitches can do two things we can s- tissue and then you're probably bleed in the fight or we can glue you shut. What would our whole fight? But then you won't believe in the final shot so I'm like damn decision when our reform fight like do I wanna get stitched up Lewd up data comes back my coaches like now. We're not finding Eddie do do. Did Women fight. I have perfect training camp. I felt amazing in my head. I'm like man like the cut my thumb like they're not gonNA stop. Looks like report the blood on my phone and then I know my process might my thought out without comes in as little team so Lucia a hit with a a lighten it a flashlight and maybe like hardy flew the burn like crazy though agoos shut their houses paid my hands up to the fight. So I paint Lucia on my talk with my fiance. That's due to fly out to be at that point like So I'm like. Let's take my Angeles c-i-s warm-ups I'd say my hand house. My hands by Hamlin spreading my fingers like this wedding rose in though seed right wants they make it sound leading my hands up for the fight. I couldn't warm up thereby crunch. The the rule of Radovan congrats Wilkins. I got I'm so happy. Don't warm up and you could see the fighting goes a perfect training camp. I felt so. Then you're in bed ED rolling. I was in my head on us the wrong energy knock them. I remember thinking like Oh. I'm going to believe easier to hit with that right hand right Hook I saw what is it is rolled back. I think that will mean me attack that I try. I try to get knocked out in the nineties along. I didn't I don't watch that fight. I'll though apple too aggressive so much adrenaline so it was crazy every chain. Count the one hour before the dashing. Miami's evidence and in our fight no compromise so it was trading like even coming from the one. I had so much confidence going on that year's Camp I felt I felt perfect. Don't I don't know like I was ready to fight and you know shit happens. Wow that is an insane story. You've talked about this before right and talk about it because I know I gave you a chance to fight and right now we're going through some Gort on your suing. You saw for this For sure I mean the test the rules are the person administering the drug. That's that Dutch. That bottle glass glass bottle that and put it in. Yeah so I had to touch about. I had a close. I gave up his before. This is my second of the night and I know holding the last cop something jagged Ed Join Dash Mohammed and my head to get up and former. That's absurd and your right hand. You said right hand yeah right here you you see it like in the fight but I had a house painted up you see this or not Yup Yup House tape it up and you see it in the fight eight. He wraps it around here. I'm like a CB grab with like the the USC tape around it. But I can't fight with that so they were like once you out there. We'd have to cut that piece off in Europe and fighting excludes coverages lunar and. I'm just just like man. I'm the man I'm not bitch. I can't say despite wire before the world's leading me to walk out Elena and that no the the cars were dealt not favor. Her was it hurting. Like was a throbbing now. It hurt when I got goose shut. It was a cut and I need digits so they use. It's like now Polish blue. And then they hit with this light and it hardens it up and that shit hurts so bad at Berlin crazy but then like after the shot obviously just doesn't cut my. Oh my gosh that is absurd when you said your weight you were waiting for them to make it right but now you're gonNA actually go with. What do you mean by that? What do you mean by making? I was waiting waiting for respond a lawyer in a way that we eat I immediately went and and talk to you. I think they were talking back and forth and I'm not sure exactly where that's at. I wants to fight came about. I just not worried about that and I'll have my my my legal team take care of that but Yeah so you know they responded or something and I think that's fair out right now. Where are we have to push for and safe to say like in the fight? You're thinking about it a lot like it messed you up now. I mean I wouldn't say that man like I say like I warm up for the fight so our shots instead of actually going in there using my game plan against it. Let's reverence for the rest of my career. If Duke tells tells me not to fight I'm not fighting. Wow so in the back duke. Your head coach longtime head coach. You know a guy who knows you almost as well if not better than anyone in this game told you to step away told you not to not to walk out. Duke was begging me not while I'm in the back arena. I hear the crowd. I hear the fans tough guy is. I didn't want to lose that opportunity denounce dolls. What was going? You know the history and how big an India's man so it wasn't perfect those great opportunity Again my head. I just thought no I don't think build style a fight or a kind of a hand so was dudas wow and as far as the actual lawsuit is concerned. Where are you in that process? I honestly like I stopped calling my lawyers about two weeks ago to make to see update update so I mean I I find I know. It's it's moving forward and in the fight itself used severely injured your foot crack. Did you actually actually break it. Yeah wrote the top of my foot. I Will Point Kiki Chat. I thought it was a high kick. No when I got done. The five check. Locate him a big left hook and then a right locate but again. I didn't set it up bombs like I was planning an amateur out there brown and they're just physically off the sea so oh I'm excited to go this week in the race. That did you have surgery on the foot now. I need surgery Liz Frank or something like the top. The foot is located with thank God. It wasn't Gelo those early in the second round. Okay around around great in the beginning of the second round less with right low kick and he checked. Are you even able to go back and watch that fight or Zimbabwe too much because you have been. Yeah I watched it. I looked like an amateur you. You know what I'm saying. That's not my. That's not how I fight. I would never have fought Navias La. I knew that's the wrong way to fight. A Guy with a Chin like yesterday is what I mean. How's going on you? You've obviously had a lot of highs and you had the lows and we've talked about the roller coaster career but do you think this one because of something as crazy as like closing a bottle cap. Do you think this one will stick like with you for a long time. I don't want this to happen in either fire. Something needs a change in the rules back there like you should be doing this after we perform because I doubt avenue did my fight light and then do my dirt as an hour never had to do with my or my fight so Crazy yeah that's a good point like what's the difference if it happens ten seconds after after the right after the fight walked me out then this or stay with me until I've done now before he's in the League for you in Rome and you've got to warm up so you feel pressure can kinda hurry up and get the Pistons down so I did it and it was a lot of. It was too watery because I was too hydrated and then I had to wait till at a p again and I couldn't get until an hour before and fight so oh wow well. I'm sorry you went through that. So now you get a chance to come back get back on track. Would it be fair to say you're done on one seventy or do you think you're going to no no definitely not. I feel like a no for me. I can bounce between the two guys at one. Seventy fighters dies at five. They WANNA fight and this year on this. A motive really fell in love with the process of training. Again this camp. I did my own my own Trish I did. I did Tristesse. I made all my own the bills. I've never done that before. I got myself down where I'm at right now. I love process and I'm excited about by the way. How do you feel and congratulations to your brother? But how do you feel about him now leaving the UFC going Bell Tower Omega was a business decision. you know we are professional fires. We are price-fighters doesn't matter honestly what what what he's under. I mean my brothers my like you know everybody knows and I took him under my my pops died now. Sixteen years old. He was ten and know that for for me to the scene where he's at right now makes Brown man. He's making good money doing a squirt that we do as a family and he's about to go on the pedestal. Belot or so I'll be there. Yeah the following week from your so big couple of weeks for your family and you don't have to fight on the same card anymore which is probably a good thing for you guys by the way just wanted to ask you this because because you were there and I haven't talked to you about it. I believe you were there when fellow manage early abilities appear to have struck your manager Abraham Cowley. What's your side of the story? What did you see their PF L. early one again to that as that's just something like these guys are too old and where I mean not talk simple? They're in a position where they're supposed to be professional. We're the fighters there the managers. So I mean I mean Abe. Abe handled the self correctly alley at. I don't know what happened personal so things are or is this thing but that's just not I don't I don't agree with that. I agree with that network. Okay Fair enough and being on the same card as Connor. Because I know there was talks of you fighting conor over the summer. What's that like for you? Maybe even if he didn't break his hand he would have fought you in July right. Madison Square Garden. Is it. Weird for you. Is it mixed emotions. Since being on the same part but not fighting him now man honestly I love I love Irish fans burly they come into any debt so they like me so I'm performing in front of these Irish fans in the crowd he brings and he couldn't have picked a better guy cowboys on a guy that's neuro forever. He deserves his shot. Shot and respect. And I'm GonNa tell you for both guys I think can be yours is well. I'm looking forward to that one. That's a big big fight for j goes well thank you so much for the time I am am really sorry you went through that I had no idea and I hope it all works out in your favor and I hope Saturday night does as well for your sake. Good luck out there. They all right there is is Anthony Pettis sharing an absolute crazy story about If in case you missed it an hour before. His fight against Nate D.. As in the locker room cuts his hand. And you see. I tried to ask them questions about. Did it affect you there. This is not a guy who's offering excuses. He could have probably told us the story back in September October. The fight happened in August here. We are January to cut your hand like that mess. You up your right hand. That's crazy stuff. What kind of cup is us? You know like those key cups you get in the doctor's office ray you close it up. I mean how could there be a thing to cut open a hand. That is wild. That is absolutely crazy. So we'll see how that had no idea about that but I'm looking forward to his return. That's on the main card. We ran through the main card very quickly. There Holly L. E. Home Raquel Pennington on on the card as well Carlos Diego for head as I said on the five winning streak on the main card against Anthony Pettus Alexi Olympic against Maurice Green on the main card as well so big fight macy Barbara Against Roxanne modify looking forward to Seduce Joseph A lot of names but also some younger talent that are getting an opportunity to shine on this card like Barbara like yourself so a big spot. Obviously when you fight on a conor McGregor card all right thank you very much to Anthony Pettus for that later in the program. Of course we're GONNA talk to John Cavanaugh on Owen. Roddy and Roxanne Modify Jerry about Saturday night as well but now let us go to interview with Conor McGregor. This happened on Friday in Las Vegas and I know a lot of you are looking forward to it. I had an opportunity to talk to him in August after the The video of the incident in the In the bar and the pub in Dublin was released by. TMZ Him punching the man. We spoke poked him after that. That was a heavily scrutinized interview as far as the meaner and the actions and his future were concerned so I was really looking forward to seeing how he was five months later and of course like I said at the top a lot of people were talking about you know the best camp the best mindset the best health the best training all that that stuff is that really true or is that just the classic Cliche prefight talk so I had an opportunity to sit down in front of him. Talk them for about forty seven or so minutes and we touched on a lot of things and I think a lot of you will find it very interesting and so here without further ado is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor who returns to action this Saturday at UFC. Two Forty six in Las Vegas against Donald Surani. We did this on Friday. The UFC performance institute take a look Connor. It's great to see you again. Good to see how are you good. Yeah it's been a while since I've seen you in person so it's nice to be back here. It's a little bit style. Jake seen the team and whatnot and it's interesting because I've been talking to a lot of members of your team and I keep hearing the same thing we haven't seen him this happy and so long. It's a different connor. He's engaged. She's so motivated. Do agree with all these statements and if so why is that. I'm feeling really good of enjoy my trainer. I took him. I just took my. I listened to myself what I needed to to deal in in in in my in my train and set up and outside of the gym and I- execute them I followed followed. What I what I said to myself that I needed needed to deal? When it's it's it's giving me energy it's given me focus on? I'm happy now young. I'm enjoying my China. So why are you happy now. I mean I'm just focused. I'm just committed. You know when you say to yourself right you know what you've gotta deal we all know what we've gotta deal we say gotTa do. I should do it this way. Honestly do this and if you don't do that and then you carry beyond you. Feel doubt is removed by action. So if you're not working and that's where the Dow I knew things I sh- I should have been doing things I shouldn't shouldn't have been done and still did them and didn't do get me now. I'm I'm listening to myself and I followed my my internal instruction and it's just giving me more passionate focus more driving. I'm doing what I feel I need to do on. Its feels good. So that's what got you back on track like. Is there the moment in your life back on track to call when you when you started to tell yourself. I need to go back to how I once was. I thought about a specific moment. It's life life is a crazy roller coaster especially this life and also we've talked we've bounds. I find my best when I set out when I say okay and when I when I must do something do it and I do it I execute it and that's what I'm doing right now. That's what I have done. The China has been phenomenal. My coaches my team. Everyone's been in in sync together and we've had a great camp or very very happy here and you've got to be back in Australia's I haven't been in a while and very excited Eh. Happy somewhat of a Cliche in the fight game best camp of my life. I've never felt better all this stuff and I think in your particular case because there's so much scrutiny on everything that you do mhm people roll their eyes when they say best. Can't we've heard this before. And why should they believe you. Do you want them to believe here. You know I can't I can't focus too much on the external. Okay it's great. It's all positive overweight. Now everything's going great and everyone's saying it's not but I just most focused on my internal. My internal is amazing. My taught strong. My belief is is hi like my confidence is high. And that's it I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to who I was even better than I was. You know. Everyone says we miss the old the old Colorado Two Thousand Sixteen Kinda do whatever it was but I feel better than that now. Fill 'em mature. I've come full circle of have have experienced everything in this business right. I mean just an explains individual. I know what I need to do what I'm doing and I have a solid team of masters stirs tacticians behind me. That are that I discussed my feelings and my talks with them. We brainstorm and communication as an auditing. Hey I wasn't communicating with my team on my people and I was almost assuming that it should be understood now. I just think like every this conversation's nations constant conversations about techniques skills practices and we're all just rising at feeling the energy and it's a beautiful time. was there ever a point where you thought you wouldn't be back to this spot. Maybe not even fight again was ever doubt in your mind. No no I was there. My training was flawless. I like I said when we had that discussion of World Back Right I. I was in phenomenal condition. I had a few little slabs and caused me. I ended up on sale at you know what I mean. It just slipped off slipped slipped away from me but I was in a phenomenal place then also so am I knew I knew I back. I knew I knew it. Sometimes you need sometimes things need to happen to to get things right right. So that's what happened to me and here. I am always spoken in August. It was a bit of a a different connor. You're very contrite. You're apologetic you. You've never been known to be an apologetic guys as a party. Hit in apologize. Absolutely no absolutely everybody and it was different than what to make of it right and they weren't sure if you're being sincere. You're not why we never seen connor. Look as real as against like the slogan of the you get what you see with me. I mean the wrong the wrong and I'm really that's too I am so that wasn't that long ago. That was just five months. Your demeanor is different. You seem different using happier. Of course you're about to fight. What's the difference? Thirteen this guy and that guy in August where were you nervous about your career you know let let people down. And that's it. I'm in a position where I I must take take control of things and and not shy away from things. And that's that's I've never done that my career and I never will do it. I'm back here now. How many how? Many months five months ago. That was solid five months work so very very happy with one thing that I remember you saying in that interview interview was you felt like it was a knife in the heart when you when you started to hear the Irish fans in particular whose faith in you lose lose that trust because they they propped you up right you meant so much much to them. Support of the people means a lot of me. You know I do this to entertain the people you know this. This is for my for my fans and my people who believe in me not not not so much. It's just my my lack of commitment. I think the people who believe in me and support me deserve better and I wished to give them that night and I will I am. I don't like you said people can see that and I'm putting in the work and I'm I'm Putin the focus woken. That's why we're all we're all in good spirits. Did you feel like they are back on your bandwagon or do you think you have something I generally pay you know. That's if even thought of that then. They're not really with manny rates of look. I've got my team people. I know who's with me and I knows not and that's you know I'll say a prayer for those who who of course me try and bring come to me and and move on and stay focused on the positive aspects of my life and there are many many great things in my life and that's it and you know. Ignorance is bliss they say rights. That's that's that's helped me a lot and I'm like I've got blinkers on right. I'm just focused. Nothing can infiltrate my internal herald thoughts. You know no external. It's like a lot of the narratives aerial that people say and it's a crazy game used I used to irradiate me the way the way certain ways narratives spread and twisted and these things and I just I had to disengage from an eight. When I came into the game it would happen? And kinda laugh it off and play and play up to it and do my thing and then I just kept on and on and on and that just get a little a little a little more than our area reactive I reacted to disrespect no more. I'm just focused on myself. My inner thoughts my my teams thoughts awesome. And that's where we're at the legendary boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler He wants said many moons ago that it's it's hard to wake wake up at five. Am to go run outside when you're waking up insult pajamas. You've experienced that now right. I'm kind of in a tracks. McGregor line I am a real thing. It's hard to it's not I don't he gets from me. It's not about when I'm in a position where it it's not. It's forever honing long Tom. This is not for money from me. And so knowing that the money will stop my hunger furnace on my hunger to to compete and entertain and just live my life the way I wanna live in the way. I enjoyed the Lynn. And it's certainly. It's too much money and without an awareness of in the the past can be dangerous. You know we can. There's no limits there's no boundaries. You can do anything he can go anywhere you can put him. I know what I WanNa do and what I enjoy the on. This is what I enjoy. We downtown GonNa keep the on that now. I'm doing it full steam ahead and I'm in the best shape of my life mental and physical. But it's like you're throwing a basketball into a hoop right. You're getting punched in the face as you get punched in the face leading up to the fight in the gym and the face already on. I mean let's me on that but I'm just saying where do you find that motivation. You have forever money. Why do you keep doing this? Because it's far too low of aerial. I absolutely love the game. He spoke. They love this business. It's a world game. I'm involved in so many businesses right driving businesses with. There's no business like the business right. was there any possibility in the making of this fake. Remember time you wanted to fight in December and it didn't work out and it was the Edgar Tong's but then of course we settled on this when the momentum donald in a second but was there ever any issues because of what happened last year with all the stuff making this fight of getting a gun of being able to come to America to make this happen. The roadblocks what companies the ultimate fighting championship bright such and such an amazing company. That's held me and the people in the background and we've we've always on great business on. Its people know my character. You know people that know my character so everything went smooth. The people helped me in the background. They understand that and they helped me. And I'm very thankful for that. So and there was no problem making everything went smooth. I know you were in court in November. You paid the fine guilty for the incident with the bar. We spoke about what happened in Miami. Is there anything else. That's pending in your life now or we have a clean slate in twenty twenty clean slate. I remember you telling me not that long ago you felt like your your your character was being assassinated constantly in the press. You feel like that is still the case you we have what I just said blink or is all that good look at i. I will say a prayer for that. You know what I mean I just it is what it is. It's part of the library. It's just like I said it just got on top of me and then as I reacted but no more now I am. I had I had to go to that point. I I wanted to react and then say I'm done with this. Look we're led me my. I'm looking at where it led me reacting to disrespect and these teams and I just I've learned valuable lessons in this that I'm very very thankful for. I will use them going forward. You Talk to anyone that helped you. You'll see this light to help you. I understand that you have to stop reacting to anyone in particular. I've got some great people in my life. I've got great great people in my life. My coaches my management and everyone like my family. Of course I've had some good conversations with people and the most important you've got to have those internal tape conversations because if you can tell yourself then no-one can tell you so. I'm grateful for paths that that I've been on truly it's phenomenal pat and I'm very very thankful I'm very very excited to be back. How would you describe twenty nine thousand nine for you learning year? A Year of figuring out myself my situation twenty twenty the year of perfect perfect vision right actually got better vision than twenty twenty. I was in the exam. That two thousand fifteen twenty the last the twenty ten but then the lady was like twenty today at this time and two thousand ten is like so I think good eyesight and now you have two children who children boy Connor Junior your daughter which is always a great influence on on on a young man right. How has that changed yet? My daughter Create Marie. Laura McGregor on my heart is with my kids. They are here with me now in Las Vegas. We Have Vegas residence scraper. Bike in the Vegas home with the family is here. Yeah my sister's here helping now absolutely amazing. I'm very very blessed. What a what? A time for the happened for me. You know what I mean. It was right right on the money from me. You know what I mean. I needed my kids to help me. They have helped me and I'm very very happy and very very proud. I remember there was a time when you were talking I remember leading up to the Aldo. Fight Oh he has a family. He's not one hundred percent focused walking around with the way and so did it turn out better than it was a positive. Of course now. I'm very very grateful very very blessed that I can bring my family with Marie. Jose was on his own over here when when we were dealing the tour and all of the all over the United States. It's very oliver who are actually on then Ireland Brazilian everywhere but he ended his family with me. I'm very grateful that I can bring the family with me and the kids and wow how life life is life is crazy right. If his life is beautiful would you want to bring your kids to the fight in. I Don uh now. My daughter's a little your Latino. My my family's coming out like they always come out and I think maybe more mates might stay in the Hilson. We'll see we'll see how it is. It's I'm at work. You know what I mean this work at the the end of the day. And it's a word game so I might bring junior. He's been at some intense sessions. He loves to fly. He lose finding themselves figuring out. I I don't think I won't. I won't bring my daughter my daughter when my when my mother and figure out maybe junior who you are and what you do or not quite yet saying he understands sounds fighting unit here. We are champ junior you. I look forward to the day when I show him tapes and show him footage and doesn't quite honestly all those are very intelligent young boyfriend. I two and a half two and a half years of age. He is very very proud of my family in a in a weird way it is almost possible to say that they help save your. I'm wondering right at the time that I needed. It needed it the most so I'm very very happy very very blessed. Obviously you know we've covered back in August. We covered a lot of this stuff. Happened over the past year for you but serious things have been written about you and I've been alleged towards you. Is there anything that you want to say about these allegations that have been written about you. That have been said about you. Look just no. I can't say anything about this just has to take place right. Does it bother you that these things are out there that people call you you. Yes but so why not on time. Patience patience is a skill we must master. Patience is one of the most valuable skills a human being must monster and I'm working hard to master it and I feel I'm getting there so time. Time will time time show all. That's it right now. I'm focused on on. The ballot focused positively good thoughts. And I'll say a prayer for those who try of course me I try and bring home to me with with with these these type of teams and that's it and as a family man as a father. I mean even things like you know the story that came out. Someone says the father of the child comes up. You're not that bothered that that sticks to you the two and a half years that that situation was going on for so that was that was a tough one for a while but it is what it is they rico last question on this. Can you say as your manager said and your your your legal team said you deny any of these allegations that that I've been yes of course one hundred percent Adia come on you seriously time time please just fine. That's all time will reveal all time and then I just let's see. How did we end up with Donald? Toronto's your opponent you seem to have many options options. Why him well? I said DONALDA history along history. Well not a long history. But we've had the issues. It's an exciting bill. It's a fan friendly belt. Fight that excites me. And it's the fact that I said I partake and I appreciate it. I appreciate Donald. I have to say you know. He's fought a lot of times and since last time I saw him I saw him at that Aldo press conference many many years ago. He's gone on fought so many times he's also a family man who with his grandmother and these things I appreciate that and I respect that melts. Respect demanded edit the method he went about with the proper whiskey. And you know so much so much walk goes into these things and have a bit of respect appreciate that and I look. forty-seven good belt and I know you're not interested in that. That wasn't there on the runway for for me in this part of this time of my life. That is the right way to go about it. You know and especially now. I'm happy to come back and have my combat and the beginning of of my season against Donald and I look forward to. It's going to be good night. I'M GONNA shine here on January. The eighteenth I'm going to create magic inside the many times before but this is going to be something special so the opponent and the weight was your decision. You could have made this. This is one fifty five. I'm underweight right now so how much you weigh on this Friday. Before I'm underweight I'd say sixty one sixteen bit so why not make him. I know I could have. I just don't think he looks wail at fifty four right. He does not look well. It won't be seventy five so don't you want it to suffer on the way to want them. I don't know I could be. It would be anyway when he played you know what I mean. I beat him if I had the flu. I don't hear you know what I mean. I don't want to train and I keep shopping man. Bill includes you know. I'm happy when I and also one seventy is an excitement from seventy. I like what's going on in the division at the minute. You got away with that belt. You've got guys fighting for the belt. And Am I. Am I like all what's going on on the I. Feel good on seventy energetic. It's what I way way. And and that's it so it opens up so how many more options right now. I'm not five now. I could make off of this this problem but I am. I just want go information as it is. Let the let the FI play as it is and then look up all my options. Historically the knock on Donald has been. He can't win. The big one never won the belt and WC everyone you've seen it when it seems like he has a big fight. When the spotlight is on him he falters? There's no bigger spotlight than a fight against you. So are you counting on. Cut You counting on him to not show up so to speak and all that all that mean means nothing. It's it's me. I'm going in their fresh shop. Fast night night dangerous powerful and full of energy and it can be if you WANNA put it on the first flight of the of the of the card in the forest pre lymphoid or something. I think that's that's GonNa make Donald Comfortable. Do and see what happens. It's still GonNa be you know what's going to happen. So let's see I know you're very in tune with what the fans saying. When this was first announced there was like he's ducking gay cheat the fight to make Donald? How can you? Donald is the fight to make. What's your response to the people who say that you were engaged and you pick these fights well first of all I put it into the? US's he's hands right it was like they wanted to make about. I wanted to make the battle juices too heavy to he was going on at certain things or said a lot of people saying things are phone these these he's narratives these these vicious narratives that are going around about me and I'm just I'm just putting on on the backbone of for a minute and we'll get to him. He's not a party is not the way our is. That's a handyman. That is a true handy fight from me so whatever he has made it very personal view right. Now you're not going to be able to make a personal with me sanding now. I've gone to the brink of personal attacks on bulletproof I am. You'RE NOT GONNA you're not going to do. That's that's not that's nothing but I'll fight. Fight him at some stage. I think fighting some stairs yet this year possibly this year. I'm going to be active. I'm going to be. This is a spark in me. I'm going to enhance their replacing here and Michelle fans and and get a beautiful win and we don't do the visions look at me. You know what I mean. A tree tree weight divisions in the on this so very very excited. I'm very happy as long media. pollens continue to take home and I'll continue to knock them down so you're viewing this season as you said hoping for three fights right plus no more possibly more. Yes you laid out perfectly for us. That's what we're all spectrum is hard hard to do right now is actively does activity. I don't even know in the next well if I could win here and put it on the way in which very well could happen. I probably in the next event. That's the type of like for me right after the fight is going to be the next. I'm not I'M NOT GONNA I'm not gonNA like Singing with this this this boys you know because you can get caught open it right you get to win. Great Dan and all this all this still. I'm I'M GONNA go out and look at an after party said I'm going to go out and have a few sips of my problem with. I've abstained from that promise to myself. I made a promise to my team. I made a promise to my fans that I would stay born represent fully focus stand from that and I miss it. I do love my liquid. I'll have a few little tips on my after party. I'll take the fallen day to rest. And and then the day after that I will engage in a red zone gratifies training session. Like Oh. Don't post the as after the DS to fight. I went and had my after party and took a day rest after the fight I went in I don residents on the skier scared of stationary machine. We pull the strings down because the leg was jammed from kicking the as me and his legs and so I couldn't I was I was on Chris and I got that walk in and just set my mind. I just sent my mom. Put me back on that train. It's so easy for you to finish a fight. Have a little celebration and then it straight into the next day and then you read a bit about field and then the next thing then is kind of hard to pull it up again so I have my plan that I'm going to set out and that's what it is. I'M GONNA I have my little celebration. Rest the next day and then back into training and then and then what's next. Wow Okay so this is I mean we. We haven't seen you active like this in a very long time so if I asked you to even have the opponents in mind does not matter to so many Joosten the whole hazed Air Macau models. There you'll have a preference. I don't WanNa end with suburban Moscow. Because that's what I'd love that one. That's got the happen to happen happen. It must happen so I wasn't able to Moscow. Yeah it wasn't it like amazing Moscow's a great place. Rouge is a great place. I've got to say I'm very impressed with him. He didn't feel safe at any point. And all Russian people see the fans could people. I you sort of I quit. I caught it as well. I love it I love I love the game and look for that track. Competition fully focused. You can see it. Come on you can see shape incident different. Everyone knows everyone knows them no matter what they can but he cannot hide from it so in the build up to that fight a lot with said. It's a very personal between you and a lot was said that it wasn't just sad. Those actions that led to what was it wasn't just didn't just get towards it was it was action that lead it. I was bored so like what I I just think that throughout the course of the bill with the situation you know. He's a move maybe slip under the radar. It was me kind of began all this and whatever whatever did get it get very very personal. But I'm I'm taking a back step from that and focus on the skills. It's a very skillful belt and he he poses Specific specific style set and I- poses specific starts at and it's an interesting clash with with to fully focused fires. And that's what will happen then the next belt and I look forward to and settling it but I'm just curious because it got some personal things about his family and he was talking about things that were being alleged about that you. Do you regret any of that. Do wish in hindsight it didn't get that personal about his family. The religion all the dad s some things. Maybe maybe too far would. Hey it's it is but it isn't. It's the fight business. At the end of the day went away it went. Let's see what will happen again when you hear him. Say He's gotTa Win Ten fights and and all this stuff. Well what is your reaction to that fear. Fear you know doesn't want it so this is what it is. You mentioned something very quickly that I just want to ask about because I think a lot of people would be surprised. You said no liquid in this camp under. When's the last time you had drink Coppola Kookaburras gotree rowlands almost here? Is that a first for you or at least I in a while. I was drinking week last when you might think it was on the phone. Brian Show labral amine part. The subplot drinking in the build-up yeah was that common for you. And you're not not not not to that extent. No not that ED extent. Vaneman me something. I had people holed up in a in a hotel from that part of the world and and I would I would ring and arrange a fight so they come from the hotel down the gym and have a full block full flight. No head guard close. Make a fight. I'd win whatever war and win today. Oh Man I go off and celebrate and then I'd come back three days. This is for you doing you know just donald not not doing what I should have been there celebrating partying just just not living the life that I should should be living. And that's it back there in a great spot. Now let's see and I've I've made mistakes and you know I've been mad enough to admit and correct and that's what I cannot. I mean I'm waiting. I might not be perfect area right but where would I would i. Would I good sleep. Fool belly Hamdam close time. You're going to sleep these days. Well right now we're on. We're getting onto the clock of five-time right tabby walking into the acting on champion Las Vegas this time but back home and Ireland. I was sleeping early. I was waking up early. We had a set time. I think it was it was eleven. AM and Seven PM Training Sessions Slots Colette. So that was it. I stayed structure that now that we're here or in the gym now every time on Friday night and at the time of the fight and counting on I feel. I've got eh costume for the time already to the time zone so perfect absolutely flawless camp. I've heard you call that previous news camp disaster right. I'm not trying to get you know it's not a disaster. You learned something from everything. I heard a lot about myself. And how come you're on. The walk was great. Like it's not like I was coming into Jimbo. Lazy and have is that goes what the deal is almost hugh to intensive who series in two working into hard in the gym. And they're not working hard enough outside because that's a that's a big part of it as well. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside 'cause then the next stay rolls around interviewer and focused when you left and then it's time to go back. You're not a shopping not especially not as eager to be there. And that's what kept happening to me and I just didn't want to beat get in and get their and then I'd have the the scrap and then off go again and it is what it is. Everything's a lesson and some parts of it were though I do scrap. Just stay at the gym. Nancy how are things with your head. Coach Kevin Amazing absolutely amazing very very very in contact contacting on. We will discuss a lot all we. We discussed training methods and practices everything. That's communication has been excellent discount. I made sure that it wasn't the last camp not nothing. Not even. which would everyone involved? You know I've been a lot more in communication with my team and relay ain't how I feel and what were some humor together. We are truly some unit. I brought back my box and coaches and the mail box and GM feels Lavar and and then at Chroma boxing club where the punch. That's been good for the soul and that you know I said in my head after to me after went back then I was like I don't box and and built a good show and I had feel in the corner and that and I was like Damn I should've I should've had the guys there for there may be a little bit. You know as Privata Team Amen but look that's the box have still there also. It's good to have the guys back and does a great energy in the Camden Walkman phenomenal. Everyone's in sync and Matt's it. I'm a true team of tacticians behind me. I'm excited to represent and I work in. This is something that I don't think I've caught on just yet. You and Phil Sutcliffe. I've seen you working with him kind of like the classical boxing guy. If you will the decision to bring him back I think is really interesting. I think symbolic of the fact that you are trying to go back to when it was similar to your roots so to speak. Is this the first time in your career that you've had them apart of of your camp in your corner parts of the corner. Yes and not part of the cabinet since my early career stealing stealing the box in the box and GM will in the fascinating mixed martial arts gym. We were kind of loggerheads a world back at the very beginning because it was not understood the mixed martial arts and that's kind of what led me the interest to kind of stay focused on the on the table box and such a beautiful beautiful discipline. These guys are the best you know what I mean. So I'm very very and this is what I learned how to fight with the books. Already feel that Kremlin. How how would you say about twelve twelve year so you you see the symbolism and that to have a proper balanced everywhere for six two four six is UFC two for six to twelve was a twelfth fight? Fight something else. That was another one. I think in date counted up to twelve. A one. numerology is is a is a is a marvel and there's some great symbolism in that right gathering back the the old coach so to speak and of course the push out. But you're having to work better together. Most everyone everyone everyone on my team has amazing skills and amazing knowledge of the fight game in specific areas. Toronto and like I said we're all in Singapore all Scotia and we're in a great spot. Did you sign a new deal. Signed a new deal. I mean it's just I usually just before you had about got a piece you negotiate. I believe that's that's what will happen after this one. I don't know point of deviate fight deals anymore. If you're just going to renegotiate there's no you know I'm confident. That is going to be a good and Nice paycheck. Most ever probably in mixed martial arts career really gives the range. We knew how much you made for. Mayweather I'd say a about it could be I'm estimating who eighty million Come on yeah because I have I like. I said we've got the Australia Kinda in England and Ireland. She'll be a good one. What did you make for Habib Fifty fifty? Wow Eighty no one's ever made any mostly feathers combined having made that. Yeah so they take on still the bread this. This is the first time since the SEAVER fight that you're not a champion or there's no state there's belt on the line or anything like that. Even with nate not a still a champion and whatnot. Does it feel a little different. No they champ Tampa forever and always etched in stone. Were you know that the title stuff now thought it was great. Yeah that was great straight away. It was like show me that bill. I I wanted this. I saw before. Dana said that with me and that I was messing with this only because we've seen the draw the outline of but I didn't see the color of and I was estimating was going to be to be with the gold all right and then when I saw the seal the black and I thought about it's really well skew. Go to the thing definitely so you almost feel like those two should finish up up their business and maybe the winner fights you because I do who has it on because it ended see in what way is now you know what I mean. It's what did what did he wants to do it again. I think we arrived in. Hurry I mean you could see how the open while he was dipping their enough at the end of that tour around. And that's Tony kicking in. It would've been great acidify. We didn't see it. Look whatever. See what happens. You really feel that the W Tony Fight won't happen. I just maybe you know possibly supposed to have a fourth man to know who put an outlay. I should took a baby donald about three or four times and also in the Andrea Andrea Laden. Something happened but his liver and saying that he's put the they're not for pulling out of belts leading tripped on a studio or violence. And I'm bleeding chair stacked on WSB Tony's the right so see what happens. Did you see reply to your comments. Not what was it again Essentially essentially you know if you WANNA if you WanNa have your courage and all this stuff can make hold on my leg. Come on this these are not the fight all show yourself you know what I mean. The people know what the scrap. What's not a scrap metal? Fine is not although last musical for the moment but you know what we're trying to find me so but isn't it a little disingenuous. Everyone like yeah obviously yeah so tainted Baloney right you laugh at it exac recently that you have someone come visit the Gaff as you would call it the apartment and as a as a as a bit of a motivational roms has been happened. What happened because when I was in Miami I went into into health and deals and speak to his people like platinum there's people of the Platinum Lyons had called a great man? We did the room using stop playing and I was just going to great Bosworth. I had a great conversation when it's on it's on. It went everywhere not NAM and I've just kept in contact with very very helpful. Top Montagny Tony Is. It's not just it's not just words. You know what I mean does action in there in the structure and Maurice and he came at Hilson went over some things and again I had my coach. Gosh coaches they are John my conditioning gorgeous and speaking to Tony and we close the is was awesome. Awesome good good good thing I wanted. I wanted my mother John and dot com fast coach. So they can understand where my team can was and you'll be a bit more than seeing can can very happy when I felt really uplifted. Coming out of them took some things very thankful for that. And I'm going to continue that. I think he's GonNa come to me on on the day before the flight maybe also yeah so so. It's almost like a motivational shape. An interview it's actually not even a motivational thing does not. It's well. It is that as well. But it's mature with the title would be of it. But it's only probably shaping up to be more culture and he doesn't live here right comes. He came the interest Florida. Isn't that showed me a lot as came to my house. And is there a lesson or two that he that he talked to you that I'm just yeah we went over some things and I'll just keep it at that. Okay do do do you ever go back and look at your early fight even pre UFC or early interview course is saying that. That's one thing that I have recently. Yeah definitely I went back and listened to my old self. You know what I mean the way. I was thinking when I was when I was you know everything was innocent. Everything was you know what I mean. What it is now are and that helped me a lot? I was able to go back and see what way might way of thinking. Was Dan to the way it is now. And we'll just add what is useful discard not Bruce Lee quote. That's what I don gives you. Motivation of course gives me motivation. Remember what that was like being on Welfare I was actually watching the documentary last night. The notorious documentary documentary your lifelong partner. A tiny tiny room in your parents upstairs. And you're both eating there. It's insane to see that and not to see. Oh you know what you become. You even remember what that's like. He of course I stay. I stay close to my roots. Always stay close to how I came up always in my way of thinking. Of course you've got to you. Yeah because there's a part of you they could forget or you have all this money. You don't know what to do. You're buying things whenever you want. Fancy clothes is all that stuff There's a part of you that could forget that that's understandable. But you know no. I made sure to stay close to my roots. Steakhouse to WHO I am and who who I was and that's it you still want. Never forget spending. You still do not less a lot less lies that I have a lot of things I don't I like I said I actually said this. Tony Robbins because I read something about Lebron James a while back about maybe a year ago steady spent one point five million annual on his helped right and self as his his. Everything is nutrition is China's everything and I spend not only in camp. I bring a team together. People and I'll say that's not the way to do this but I drop. I drop money on blading car ably our award like spend on myself. You know on my held on my fitness on. And that's helped me and then and then I then you acquire more here acquired even more than a shock and that's what I am now so unless I'm possessions and things but you've got to go to write your offer go through that when you get a windfall going to stack things get a little bit it doesn't excite me as much as we'll have you know what I mean. What excites me now is creating now I like I like to create things that I love the clothing and very much involved in the designs audience and building buildings we would reebok in with my company August McGregor and of course the whiskey and the these ventures and that's what angel deal until you're thirty one do you think they'll be fighting at forty? It's probably like a cap now. I'm going to have a solid couple years on out. I'll be rockin over. You can tell a good tool for it. I'm GONNA hit the believer early but I'm I'm twenty five years of age the billy. I'll be a billionaire at home twenty five. That's that's so three and a half years. Yeah really. You're getting there. Yeah you look at those lists and compare yourself you know when they put the highest earning APPS KBOI listen to me. I'm calling for you on the list. Now well it alternates by year. I think I was not sure what I was not bad. I think it was. Jeez I forget the honest look there. I was up there I saw the decade on Floyd was top of the decades is very playful. And she's not so good at the management of it right man. How are you know? I'm still a good way away. Yeah I mean I get that I've got I've got the methods and it's something that excites me in and you're supposed to keep fighting in order to get that you can't just leave part of the success. I don't know in Florida. You know what I mean. That's fine definitely helps. Everything zipped up through the Membrane Megan Shouldirefi game. I'm not even scratched scratching the surface on what I really probably shouldn't be paid right. I mean like the back end when Israel Israel but it's it should be it should be guaranteed right but whatever whenever it is what it is so the fine defines definitely an animal to get there like like the restroom. Ford's done you WanNa have another boxing match. Do you feel like that's no certainly. Yeah I like to rematch floyd. I think we should rematch. Loyd I mean he's flirting with it and they'll all this sneaking own pick somebody else that's not going to be the same it's not. I don't phenomenal. I don't film Oakland up and the only reason lost about was 'cause I prepared. I prepared for back. Footed Philly shelled style of opponent. I'm I'm on. The flight was like that. I was picking him apart then. He came forward with at present. I wasn't seeing an intimate shots. Like I am now my my coaches my bill. That that drill silence specific boxing things into me again. And I know I be Floyd Floyd we matched and when we re much. He's not going to be one mission. Josh is bound like he said it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be me box. And then we'll mix much allies belt. That was what was said and our his melt as well. It was not not very not written but it was a variable agreement rate. And obviously that's not going to happen and I'm not even I don't even push them either but I would like to box him. I think I think that would be. That would be a good good hair re much. Have you even broach the subject yet. Have you Stephanie. We've talked as always talk to him now. People all this coming back in the basketball game right there. The handshake deal capital capital. Good Yeah Yeah. You could always make this year. Is this something you want to do. Business with the showtime people and Floyd did you never know but it's also you're actively pursuing something you want. Activity is what I'm pursuing right so I'm just keep myself in shape. Fresh focused list and everything will happen true off of that even even even the maywood ability or ten weeks within weeks of that and and before that I wasn't I wasn't messing around again. John I mean I wasn't good solid now now fully focused so we'll see what happens. You do look at that as a man. I could have been the one at end up doing that. In Part I could've been the one to beat him. The one guy. I squandered that one it was great it was a great conversation. Good internal convert a good inner conversation. You have a fight with him so it's great to play Florida. Great great to be in there with him and he's a crafty veteran Sunday's truly craft you. Don't get fifty profile are now through the pro wins and an extensive amateur career. And you know what I mean so it was a great great experience and you know doing it again if if if it will happen. That's going to happen again. Ticks mystic may happen again but also I would be opened the box you know. I know the my money has been. We're actually closed as we're actually comes to sign the money. And what do you mean what's looking at me. It's been talking about the money for you've versus many that's been that's there was an offer was an offer made on that year and what happened just not yet not yet so but in the possibility very very much so great in the box party is are we not. That's that's real parlay a box and bill and I WANNA boxing. I will boxing. I'd love a book. I will get a boxing world title. Boxing is probably GONNA have multiple times to get that the back box multiple times. I love box. He truly walks in so damn good. When you say sci-fi Excuse me Simon what do you mean outages? And they know she as it's going on right yeah okay. Let's have taken up a lot of your time. You know I remember when you beat aalto. You told me that I went from nothing to something to everything right. Yeah what a line that were good quotes put it on clothes rose and seldom out quick. That's right but you know job until we have the elephant you've done it all saw and said he said you've done it also so you know how it on your don't sound much more. Yeah what are we going to say so you have everything and then there was a chance maybe people thought you might lose everything right and that here you are in sitting in front of you and I know people aren't going to believe this your different guy. You're different than the one that I spoke to an even different than the one part of the Habib fight. You were a little bit all over. uh-huh enjoy remember the interview that you did with the Mac Stanford over there you were looking all over the place. You're so zan right now. I don't even know what to make of this. How what do we? What do we make of this? Is this the new new chapter. Is this a new. Connors is back to the old new. I just feel reinvigorated say it. That's let's see. Yeah you lose. All the other stuff is amazing for excitement. The excitement is building. The fans are very excited. That people every seat is balanced semi competing. I'm very excited to be back back and to be to be gift. Gifting this to the people and I'd be remiss if I don't ask for a prediction because that's what you were known for for all those years. How do you meet Donald? I stopped him when I knock him out early. Possibly you've never been a possibly you know yourself I'm GonNa be what's I'm ready for at all. So let's see what happens. John estimates a little bit later. I think it could be very early. I could get knocked out. Welcome combat thank. You thank you so much. Appreciate it all the best. Thank you so there you have it. There is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor tape this past last Friday at the UFC performance institute. In Las Vegas First things I have to thank him again for the time. I appreciate it since the first time we spoke back in two thousand thirteen. Yeah I remember I was in Las Vegas. It was prior to. I do believe you have C.. One it was the one fifty six it was although Edgar and I remember deeming him ask him to come on the show prior to his UFC. Debut and I remember him writing me. I've been waiting for this for for quite some time. And it's because his his fans were hounding me after he won the second cage warriors title. They were hounding me to have him on the show and that following Monday he was on New York Rick and I were talking about. How at the time was one of our favorite interviews in the history of the Ma our ever since then always responsive always gracious with his time? He didn't have to do that. I don't think he's doing a lot of one on one interviews. He's leading up to this fight and for him to do. That was something that we really appreciate it. So thank you very much to him and his team for making that happen as you can see my takeaway as I said at the end in a zen like state he seems happy. He seems at peace he seems to be in a good place. He seems to be in a good place mentally and physically. He seems seems to be really happy with the idea of not having to wait now having to go down to one fifty five unjust worrying about the fight itself. Not The extra fifteen and I was a little taken aback by how zen like he was Comu- was and of course we talked about a lot of things and I thought it was really interesting to hear him up up to a Lotta things own up to the fact that he was drinking leading up to the hubby fight drinking leading up to the hub fight leaving disappearing for three or four days. Not telling anyone where he went. What was he doing could explain his performance? A little bit talking about how it got a little personal. Maybe a little too personal with these are things he had not owned up to. Who in the past and talking to him about the allegations that have been written about him when he got really quite there at the end? Almost seem like you got a little a bit upset that I was harping on it. I thought that was a really interesting moment. The eighty million dollars We've never heard of a of a number like that. Never heard of a number like that in our sport like I said I don't think a lot of people combined have heard of a you know. Combat fighters combined have made eighty million the best fighters of all time time. He said fifty million Habib so he says that's what he walked away with. That's now over double. That was October of two thousand eighteen but eighty million. Potentially after pay purview. That would be a big deal. That would be a really big deal and a show that obviously the still values understands that he is still a a very big dry thought. It was really interesting to hear talk about his activity this year. And maybe turning around quickly if this ends quickly. Here's one thing to keep in the back of your mind. March march seventh. Still doesn't have an official meaning. They can go with your WANNA and Jong Li. But it still doesn't have an official main event last week Israel. I was telling us that he's GonNa fight on that card and that's with their targeting. But what if those talks go. Well clearly there's something up clearly there's a reason. Why is it possible that they they try to turn around conor for March seventh? Maybe against the gate she maybe a quick fight maybe a Mazda fight. I wouldn't be shocked something to think about this week as the week plays out and of course as the fight actually plays out. If it's a quick one I think that's a really interesting thing to watch. Come next Monday. Phil sutcliffe being in his corner. I think is very symbolic like I said. And what about that line. They say I'm toast aerial but I'm still the bread. I thought that that was a great line. Man Who's giving us a lot of great line so in the end I walked away listening to what his team told me beforehand digesting it and then saying you know what they may be right. He does seem to be a much better place he does seem to be happy. And like I said that interview with the Mac life when he was standing there with Andrew again prior to the fight he was all over the place it was it was a little bit jarring to watch. Go back and find that that interview completely different guy a week before this fight completely different man blinders internal family man. It's a really interesting thing now. We'll see how plays out these are are his words. We've been here before with athletes time and again we'll see what it translates into. But I think that was a really interesting table. Set are going in to this week. Seeing what kind of mind frame us in I and seeing what kind of state. He's mentally and physically so. I hope you enjoyed that again. Thank you very much to connor team for the time I appreciate it. It's not often you get to fly out and go for the Data Vegas and come back and then do the show and then go to Vegas but hey this is the life and I love it. Now everyone's talking about McGregor Oni. Everyone's talking everyone has a say. Everyone's winging we got Alvarez's take cruises take earlier in the show but I called upon fifteen F ot S.'s friends of love the show celebrity friends of the show. This is me playing fail. I'm now going to namedrop. I called upon fifteenth celebrity fans who are also friends of the show friends of mine. Perhaps maybe I don't know to get their pick on this fight some fun name. Some fun faces. You're gonNA recognize the majority of these here. Here are the celebrities weighing in on Saturday. Night's main event between conor McGregor. Donnie enjoy I think kind is going to win. You know. I think that this there's redemption story. This is This is his year to get back into the limelight and to get those big fights that every wanna see I wanna see him in Mazda down next area. What is your man? John flee from the Buffalo Bills Connor COBWEB NBA. Great fight. I think cowboys and come out. Strong things toss around conor for the first couple of rounds By think causing him him with a counter left com connor really fight. He's been losing for years I'm really pulling for college so he can. He can get that game brave and Moslem beat his ass at three blood running me. What's up guys Freddie Prince? Junior here we're on the legends mask and picking your McGregor Sarony fight the brains telling you to go with McGregor. I know the hearts telling you to go with Sarony but remember takes a lot of heart to step in that cage. And when you're a multimillionaire you're going to lose some of that heart and that's why I'm taking the underdog Donald Sarony. You heard it here. Meal Moscow top legend. I Prince Junior. Not so much Booze Airport Josh Donaldson you asked me for my Donald Surani Conor McGregor flight predictions got sironi McGregor's and a half to prove to me that he can win again. This is Christine Navarro. And my prediction is what it always is. When the man comes to town Conor McGregor knock out in the forest? It's hard to bet against some of conviction so I will be watching the room for ECOMOG again. I'm going to have to go with my countrymen Conor McGregor. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be a good mental head space. It's like John Cabina. Having a what legend said happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. I think you're GONNA see the same caliber from McGregor as in two thousand fifteen. I'm predicting a Kale late. In the second what's up Ariel Sharon Williams here giving you my cowboy verse Connor Prediction. I got cowboy winning to fight via finished in the fourth or fifth round as He survives connors attack early and connor tens of gas out in the late around so I got him finishing Towards the end of the fight what's up areas. NCW with the Orlando Magic January. Eighteenth Cowboys aronie verse. I conor McGregor going to be great. Fight two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second. I think he's found is again. I think he has a chip on a shoulder from his last loss cowboy fan since two thousand ten. And I'm a proud American but I do believe cowboys heavy activity in two thousand nineteen gene. We'll work against him and connor will be coming in fresh in what seems to be a very good match up for him. If Cowboy Russell's connor defending the takedown and the Irishman countering cowboy cowboy was something that Donald doesn't see coming I see connor finishing him in the first round in a post fight bonus for the Celtic Tiger. Whatever happens on Saturday we the fans will win? I think this one's pretty quick one like the gauge. I think it goes to connor and somewhat anti-climactic first round finish. What is going on at Schuyler? Ouston here's my prediction for the cowboys. Running conor McGregor fight. I see Donald Taking McGregor McGregor into deep waters potentially winning by split decision. Or maybe even a late submission round five or late round four C.. Surani pulling guard McGregor Gregor overcompensating raining down punches and Saronic catching him in a triangle as zone so many times not that I'm biased or anything but let's go cowboy picking McGregor I think I had to pick But like I said I'm I'm looking forward to a great five meter. Best man win. Hey this is Mick Foley. And I'm I'm looking forward to a great fight between Conor McGregor and cowboys Sironi but I think Connor realizes to draw distinction between being one of the greatest attractions attractions in MMA extreme might very well be the greatest and one of the greatest fighters in anime history that he absolutely has to win this fight and I think he will but I look for great fight conor McGregor getting the nod. What's up my prediction is Connor Cao's cowboy to I first round Love both fighters low cowboy levies personality. So I'm happy day. He's GonNa get that Red Penny night and that's it I'm gonNA be their lives. I'm extremely really excited. Bom what's up aerial Coming to you from Vietnam Storm Rolling through. I wanted to do this yesterday. But it is what it is McGregor versus Donald Sarony. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I loved it These are two exciting fighters surround. He's been in the game for a while. been doing it for a while. Elba Gregor is not doing it. So long but he's been doing huge things he's coming off a loss with Khabib but I still got him coming back and going on but a tear. I have McGregor in this one But it's going to be exciting. How much fun was that? That was amazing. Who cut that by the way it was? Then you're putting Devon Sour on last longtime friend of the show little trivia the only time someone other than me host of the show was near quick and Devon was on back in two thousand sixteen when my my wonderful well daughter was born so that was a lot of fun. How about that? It's nice to have friends in high places in case you weren't watching and listening. These were the names that appeared. Stevo Mick Mick Foley Michael Carter Williams Point Guard for the Orlando Magic Action Bronson former. NBA All star. Darren Williams my man. KRISTAPS Porzingis wow what guy skylar Aston longtime friend of the program former maybe panelist as well Mario Lopez Buffalo Bills Star. Jonathan Feliciano Louisiana Devon Sawa Prince Junior with a great one with the Basque. Becky Lynch Dominick Murcia New Christian -Ly Navarro and the Great Josh Donaldson Two Thousand Fifteen fifteen. Al Mvp for your Toronto Blue Jays. Now thank you very much to all of them. I appreciate them doing this. They're big stars didn't have to do that. That was a lot of fun and I wanNA remind you as well that if you want to go back and read of of the transcript read about the transcript. The read the quotes. Read the stories that we have coming out of the Connor interview can do so right now over at ESPN DOT com slash. Emma Mesa do check that out there doing phenomenal work. We are doing phenomenal work over there. And it's great to be a part of that team as well so a great day continues to roll along here here on the program and it wouldn't be a conflict of wouldn't be a great day without some spg representation as well later on the program. We're going to be talking to John Calvin but first let's say hello for the first time in a very long time. Wow finally I've been asking this man to appear on the program for quite some time. And he's been dodging me left and right like a boxer bobbing and I'm on her rowdy. Roddy himself it's like it's like old times again. How are you sir you? It is a pleasure to have you back on and it's so it's a very exciting time. It's a very exciting way to start the week. But I have a bone to pick with you. Oh and right off the top you know a staple of a connor fight week is the Owen. Roddy blogs and I've been looking I've been searching SPG Charlestown. I've been looking at the youtube page. Nowhere to be found. Where are they I just at this time around? I just really wanted to focus on on one. I'm here to do you know there's a lot of work to go into the blogs and and stuff like that and just Islam around I just wanted to get in focus on what I'm here to do which is get Kanna cage get a mandate get them ready get them to get in and get NOCCO okay. So that's that's my main focus this law around fair enough all right. I'll give you pass for this one next one. I know he's going to be active this year next one. If it's not there we're going to have some trouble or I just WanNa that again. It's it's insane yes. I know 'cause I saw it on your instagram as well. So let me ask you this. I know he was inactive last year. He didn't and fight and it was somewhat of a tumultuous. Your were you in contact with Connor. Were you training with him last year. Or did you only really link up again. Once this camp started yeah no not so much we went. We went in contact as much as us. Bamble go you know. He's got so many other businesses and stuff like that lease is Ronin so calm we don't we don't walk as much as we as we usually one more income so I didn't see as much as you. You would for that at the same thing. Once we got back walking together we get that flow again. And it's it's it's a history of being German what what kind of physical state was in when you guys started. This camp phenomenal. So there's one thing that he didn't give all this time on. ESPN very very consistent. His strength and conditioning and his nutrition. He's been all pulling for the past year on So it's always good when you have an athlete a combs in the COMP fit and ready because then it doesn't you don't spend half the comp twenty in shape yet you focus on the Task Ohio and look at the opponent look at take threats that they pose look the whole game and then and then excuse game plan so once we start getting back into the swing of things things you know I. It took me to get into pace by cope too macho man on. was there ever any talk of the old band not coming back together or is that a a foregone conclusion because you know he talked about the last have not going well. was there ever any fear that you guys wouldn't come back for this fight. No no I mean kind of from day one is always always kept kept saying goes around them with. I think I think the known who you have around that they've been which from day one and the date is approach Georgia. And it's just for me. It was just for all of us is just knowing when it's time to Gaul Excel. Wouldn't you get the knowledge then. It's all hands on deck so everyone's just sitting around waiting waiting for the Botswana to come up in the air on all band together and you know we're you in favor of the idea of doing this. Fight at one seventy he was first brought up. Did you like that idea. A Forest Service on short it was like why would you WanNa Park up there with ten talk in the nineties. Look look I feel comfortable at this way as he said in your interview. He's out the way he walks around that way. And he's confident that without way and then when you go in and see move around because I thought you see how we put the pace on them head was hell. We had power 'em tires open that outweigh then. It gives you the confidence you know. And as far as this camp compared to the last one he's talked about it. You know the last one not being great John talked about it. People have weighed in he even said I mean somewhat surprising to me in the interview that we just aired he was drinking leading up to the fight itself disappearing. Can you compare how this camp has gone. Compared to the last one against could be. What are the differences yet? Obviously speaking to you today as well audience. It's a confident and happy. And that's you know we didn't see the last for you and you know even the last couple of weeks it's been tension between component of competition and Kana. There's been bad blood between his opponents. This does not include foam. He's happy he's got everything else in the background around. All this business is all flown and now we can focus one hundred percent on what he does today. which is when you see an excuse me when you see Colorado coined Obam Moines frame? It's great to watch and down when connors in good form and and he's enjoying join train and unease switched on then. We have the monster so the whole camp you know follow suit and we all fall into that role and it's been a phenomenal Lecompte company. Help you you know. That's a really great point because it's something I noticed after I left on Friday. You mentioned like no animosity and being in a great spot the Diaz fights and and Floyd and without those also tense right and when we were waiting for him to arrive on Friday and I had a chance to talk to a lot of us at the gym and even seeing this Dj that that he brings. I notice everyone is really happy. You know sometimes when you wait for a guest the common it's a guest of his stature and it's a guest where maybe he's ornery or not happy. Everyone's walking on eggshells and doesn't want say I walked away with like these guys are in a really great mood like they are loving life. They've got the DJ. They're dancing there singing their enjoying the training. It really does seem like the whole experience at least from what I saw on that particular day on Friday. Everyone is just an incredibly high spirits. When's the last time you remember it being like this or feeling like at this for you guys? It's it's it's been since it's felt like that encompasses probably you know maybe the Mendez or a something like that was tumultuous too though right because of the knee yea Today that enable the lead open it was just in good form and everybody was enjoying and he was switched on Cloyne when he could see e could see what was the head of the money was. He's just as you said. That's that's what makes all the boys boys and this time around. It's the same. He's in great form and he's enjoying his train. And I tink as you say when you when you when you go form everything just flows the better. You know. There's no tension. I'm curious to get your take on this. One of the interesting story lines. Silence going into this fight is him bringing his old boxing. Coach Phil Sutcliffe of the Legendary Crumlin Boxing Club and I had an opportunity to meet him and and what a great character he is but you have always the known as connor striking coach. How did you feel about Phil being a part of the team as well on the corner too? Yeah I was like. I didn't know whether like saying the CON is nowhere. Now whether it's going to be you know just post a focus. It's been a very very good. Nash has some which experienced when you talking. Typically that has fifty years experience in boxing. Man where can you get that wealth of knowledge as not even around up years a year so there is nobody in ended the anime fields. That has that kind of wealth of knowledge and talking to fill alarm land on a lot myself from Amemiya. Now if you can't pick up some they're some techniques and so on so many ideas from Amanda has fifty years of knowledge or something wrong and so yeah. It's it's been great and on you know we've all booked Bravo come together and you can see connery's. He sat down on the shots. That's when you need say he's A. He's a vase when he needs to be evasive. He's using his weapons when when the opportunities are there and it's been phenomenal there. I think you're gonNA see on NFL. Most after I saw an interview that you did with Oscar Willis over at the MAC life. He's been doing a great job as well and I noticed that you said to him that everyone has holes in. It's part party your job to find the holes in your opponents game. Donald Surani's a veteran. There's there's a lot of footage on this man out there. Tell us what are the holes that you're seeing Donald's game not going to get into Tim. What's that echo to look the COP and lawyers? You know you know is a bit rigid you know. He's crafty as well as craft. You just have to be switched on surrounding a not play to the strengths and Kana get into his flow team like I said this before if Kana gets into his flow east it you just pose it too. Many threats to surrounding so only as only has a few damn tricks himself and very crafty and these veterans really really good for so if we stay switched on E.. Shouldn't you shouldn't get near. Khanna wanted to get your opinion on something that was said earlier in the show. Both Eddie Alvarez and Dominick Cruz suggested justice that ceremony do this. They said that it would be wise for him to have essentially a full five minutes sparring match in the locker room so that essentially he starting the first round like it gets his second round so that typically he's a slow starter. Get warm done. Get the cobwebs out. Don't get all nervous and actually like let it out in the locker room so that. You're really fresh sweating and all that stuff wants to fight actually starts. What did you make of that that piece of advice? What do you think of that is? That is that that I could actually help. I don't think thinks oh to be totally honest. Reason being like a forty minute is a forty minute round five minutes bar and then takes say twenty minutes to get out to the Cajun and you're cold again and you're having a spa and I don't really think people say comes out at East starts slow. I don't think she starts slow. I just think he takes him along a little bit longer homeless to get the people you know you watch him. In his last flights he comes out of the gates. Quick Kenny Mills Finance and Ford possible for him to get into flow takes a couple of rounds. Economy get into his flow with takes milliseconds just needs eh needs to look. He's he's got the east got the radio and I think that's the difference will be put at does know yet. Surrounds will come out. So I don't think you were there any limitations. Because I knew he broke his left. Hand early in the camp was taking some time for it to get well or was it good as as far as the camp started was you know. One hundred percent Khanna's one hundred percents no non noting knocks no buyings no compare effect great mindset in could phone on. Yeah it's okay. It's in pretty flawless. Mummy really can't complain now. I see that you're wearing a very interesting. T. Shirt over there. One ask you about this the nuclear MMA. This is when you told me about this. On Friday I was like what Owen Roddy starting as an amateur Emma may program here in the United States. This this is very interesting and then I looked up the instagram page and the twitter page. Tell us about this because the amateur. MMA seen here in the United States has been virtually nonexistent. What is this all about? Tell us all about about this. Yeah so so more self to business partners East Florida set up a new annonay. Which is the the National Clubs Association for Mixed Martial Arts so we'll be a college based amateur? MMA organization that would want events nation would and give the students and college the opportunity to compete in amateur mixed martial arts now. I think it's I think it's going to be huge. A A huge boost for for amateur mixed martial arts in general given given these these students he'll trough onto to compete and then move on in in In that mixed martial arts career in the in the studies wherever they WANNA deal future you know. Now what sparked this idea. Why do this why get involved in this? Sorry well spoke to an my business partners and it was bound to happen. Happen eventually. Arielle You See College. Sports and the states is huge and the introduced a new sports every for every year so on. MMA's grown Felt it was a need for a and we took it on board three years ago when we were walking on her. Ever since you know and how many were announcing go go ahead. Yeah so I would be in February in at UCF Florida we've got a few colleges onboard on them. Yeah works on what date exactly February twenty eight so when you say a few colleges like are these. Are these students. Student athletes going to be coming from different colleges all competing on this particular card. Yes so we've got we've got a few college or University Western Illinois Love Miss. UCF obviously so yeah. We've got lots of colleges colleges signed up. We've got about five or six colleges and compete on a four stash. Showcase event will be which is going to be a showcase which is going to give everybody taste of what we're looking to do with new anime over the over the coming years. Yeah so it's a very exciting time on. They're very proud of of all the walk. That goes with Donna. ELVIRA over here in 'em in Florida there and I'm excited to see where this takes. How many vents are used slated to do in twenty twenty? Do you know yet. We're hoping to do maybe tree showcase events and then we're going to go into full season in two thousand twenty one which will which will consist of regional championships and then regional. It's gone onto the national championships to be to be crowned National Nuclear Eh champion Sandoval College College Championships in an individual championships for students as well. So I think it's it's GonNa be great twist on on on amateur and a Heaven Heaven there. The colleges joined the athletes and you know college sports. I've had the privilege of common over and seen some stuff visit is it. UCF on the scale of of the college over here on on the students have towards awards that the teammates in the colleges. It's amazing so I just think it's going to be insane. Wants to get rolling in. Will you just do this in the United States or Canada Other regions now. Well at the start we want to. We want to just focus on the US colleges in the US the biggest in the world and get the biggest fans you've got you've got At people that were in college years ago that's still supported colleges that dough headphones. Then when we when we introduce and they will you know you're GonNa get the whole backlog of people support their athletes so we start in in the US and where it's GonNa take us and as far as commissions are concerned you have to get them on board or is this sustainable and thing because it's amateur obviously Each day we it will be. We will have to get cleaned from from from from a commission. Okay all right very interesting stuff while I wish you the best February twenty eighth event. UCF UCF University of Central Florida of course in central Florida now. Before I let you go your team famous for predictions. Let's hear this Saturday the return. How does it go down for me? I know you get the sandwich everytime. It's just always seated. The people they crumble when he lands clan on Sironi. It's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an alien annoy he's GonNa Lionheart. Surani's hit start the clone of it's it's it's a countdown before announced that killer blow them away. It probably probably take a couple of minutes in the fourth round in middle to late late foreground and then eighty second Mt. Just uh-huh Landstuhl shirts. You're pretty much pretty much stolen. You know everything from the vibe and the prediction itself feels like the old days to the confidence that you guys have going into. This fight feels like the old days as well Great to see you on Friday coach. Have you back on the show. It's been too long and I'm really really excited about this program like I said amateur may seen Has Been nonexistent here in the state. So I'm curious to see how this plays as well. Yes so we will. We will have you on again sir. Her and I wish you guys the best this week of course with all the HOOPLA and the drama that is sure to come. The storm is coming to Las Vegas so to speak. It's going to be a lot of fun with the Irish coming as well. Good luck this week and of of course. Good luck on Saturday. Can't thank you enough and on real on all right there. He is Rowdy Owen. Roddy Irish legend. Later on. We're going to talk to another member of the coaching staff. John Cavanaugh and that is a tradition of ours. We broke the tradition. which we'll talk about with him when he comes on? But we broke it. Prior to the Hubby fight. It's back doc on and around fifteen minutes or so. We're going to be joined by coach. CAVENAUGH that's how we'll wrap up today's program and again as I said at the top for those asking where Sarony whereas coaching staff I asked them I asked all we know hard feelings here. Donald Surani legend of the game an absolute hall of Famer one of the greatest ever and one of the most beloved ever. No hard feelings. I said my opinion on how he one about trying to get the fight on our little show. He didn't agree with it would love to have talked about it with him. talked it out. But alas he didn't like it and told his his team that's come on as well but no hard feelings. I still love you. Donald and I wish you the best on Saturdays. Well now. Let's go to someone else competing in a big spot on Saturday. Her name name is Roxanne modify. She is a legend of this game as well she's at syndicate and I have had my flag here. Excuse me I have my fan here. I should say Roxanne Yeras still rocking it. After all these years you signed it for me and in fact by my side because I think we all need this Roxanne. I have your book how to be positive mental training by Roxanne modify the happy warriors. I just WanNa let you know I have not forgotten about you Roxanne. How're you doing? I'm doing fantastic here syndicate trained a little bit. I really really ready for us by okay. So this is a big one prior to getting this opportunity against macy. Barbara Rising Star. I think she's going to be champions. Did you know a lot about her. Was She on your radar Dr. I've seen a fight you know. She's pretty awesome. Doesn't watching her fight a little bit and Yeah US coming up in the ranks. Are you impressed by I. Her you know she really gets the job done. Is it possible to say she's over hyped. You think she's over hyped. Could you think she's getting the right amount of hype. Think she's worthy of all those type she's getting I think she's worthy of it. You know she. TKO In her last however many five minutes you know she's strong she's she's spunky so when you say funky what do you mean by that. What do you mean by Funky? How funky spunky like monkey? Okay okay what do you mean by that. How can you be a spunky fighter? He's Yeah I don't know okay. I guess I was thinking Funky because her mentor of Funky Ben Aspirin. So I wanted to know for style was Funky as well now. Of course. Everyone's talking about this message that you sent her and her reply to the message. Can you tell us the story for those that didn't see. What did you send her? What was this the that you sent her? What was it about so I met her? I ran into her at that. You have to institute and we were just chatting. Hey looking to our fight Yak over pool we we somehow week putting him on the up in the conversation and we both like cutting weight the bathtub sweat it out and I know that sometimes you have see books that don't don't have bathtubs so me being the excellent planner that I am. I'll tell an APP. Hey our rooms have bathtubs and they said no so. I thought it would be great if you both made Leslie and healthily. So I should let her know so she can make other plans so I turn instagram. I don't know if she follows me took a chance and no let her know. Hey make other plans. Whatever and then she Apparently posted that which is fine But yeah just trying to be nice and make wait. She she's always made it a flyweight so now. Here's here's my follow up question and did she even though she posted that she actually replied privately as well she did not. Oh come on macy. She didn't even say like. Hey thanks nothing nothing like that. No Man you feel you feel like it was a bit of A. I don't know not a nice move on her part to do that. Well I kind of was still a little worried that he didn't see it. Because when you see a message does read she didn't actually set my message For before like hey come. I'm trying to whatever and she'd read it either so I would have liked some acknowledgement that. Oh steamboat whatever's when you saw the tweet that she put out we just showed it on the screen and her apply apply reply. What did you make of that? Man by all means hyped fight. Let's go even though I was hi. I'm highly ranked like I don't always get the hype end. She has the high. I would love to benefit from that height so bringing. Let's go all right. So you know Hartfield do regret sending her this message helping her out no not at all. Hopefully she'll listen it. Hotels don't have bathtubs so students I fully expect in an awesome No way in tune in for my way like Oh what are you going good fight you know just my normal entertaining ones. Are they letting you dress up. Do your thing okay. I love that. I love the fact that your kindness has now become like a promotional tool for this fight. I hope so is great thing and of course you've been burned in the past by people missing. Wait so I can understand why you'd want to look out for your opponent here when you when you actually think about the way she fights you see holes in game justice. She's I mean you have so many more you've been around this game for so much longer. She's still so young under twenty five. All that stuff wants to be the youngest champion ever. Do you see holes in our game at this point. Are you catching her. At the right time I certainly hope so. You Know My head coach John The game plan you know. I'm going to take advantage of some of the things that I see. Yeah I will. I will try I sal out yes do you feel like you're being put in that spot of you know. The veteran being fed to the young lion being used as a stepping-stone this is a scenario. That's all all this time in in this fight game. Do you feel like you're being put in that spot absolutely but bring it on. I will prove that I belong to stop that okay so you don't mind being put in that that's bought yet fight them in the UFC. I'm getting stronger and stronger. I'm getting better and better saying always get stronger after their fights especially to Lawson's yes. They're going to see a bit better stronger Roxie. Everyone spry and we're showing right. Of course we're showing that you pointed. Did out recently. That youtube can finish some fights as well so it's not just macy's as many finishes that she does by the way but you also have what this is like cure. My math is correct. Your fortieth pro fight right my sporty fight. They don't fight or one but I can't deal technically for me it's forty this'll be my forty th wow. Did you ever think that you would make it to forty five fights when you really not i. I mean you probably think initially ten something like that so when I first started fighting everybody retired at thirty four like everyone declined. It was Iraq and broken by thirty four. Chris I think retired by three thirty four but now I feel great. I feel better now at my age than I did when I was twenty five so I mean I'm getting stronger. Genre better do it was the move to Las Vegas. That really extended your career. Had you not done that you maybe would have been done by now. Absolutely one hundred percent. It was the the physical therapy in America. My massage therapist Terry Wallace Conditioner Lorenzo got stronger Absolutely honest Aubrac Mr Pan and speaking of Japan I understand a very special guest is going to be in attendance for for those that followed your career for for so many years. We know that you spent a lot of time in Japan. That's where you really hone your craft and became famous but I understand a very special guest. Can you tell us about that. Are you referring to my trainer from Japan. Yes yes unless there's another special guest. How did I know I got a nose for these things? That's a good one. Oh Yeah you can you Kuni NEOCON is gonNA fly from Fan. My former trainer He's going to be in attendance. I'm really excited. He cornered me and coached me for like four years in Japan. Psalm excited to introduce him. I think my mind is gonNA explode when I introduced into minute minute trainers and is this the first time you see him since you're in the UFC eighty now. I've met up with him like every time I visit after dinner or lunch. Never okay. Has He ever been to one year. UFC fights. It's no. Wow why this one. I think you always wanted to come to us. Okay Fair enough. That's is Zeke in your corner or just actually just watching it as a fan. I'm giving tickets okay. Very very nice and by the way just curious because I did see you at the Pi Pin Friday. What does it connor there? And it's kind of interesting to see the fighters interacting with them. Has it been a bit of a different scene with his whole crew being there. You're you're in Vegas. He probably go there. A lot has been kind of different. Seeing Conor McGregor the Megastar they're just amongst all the fighters. What has it been like kind of? I think I heard around. The corner wants that. He was lifting weights I know our team Didn't use the years one acre filming him but I mean it's it's cool I I try not the I can go over some people but space didn't actually meet him okay. You didn't cross pass okay. Johnnie Walker's their bankroll for him. Really your big Johnny Carson. He is talking huge. Johnnie Walker my head up like pectoral the shoulder crazy. He is a large man yes on there as well. So how do you see this playing out on Saturday. How do you envision it so you never know anyone could win a fight at any given time? But I really hope showcase some of my striking the minute schools Competent on the ground. It goes to the ground there. I just hope I do a lot of stuff. Because that's my main. Motivation is to try and hugh spot for you Roxanne. It's it's a great spot for a veteran like you. I'm looking forward to the fight. Great fight between a veteran up and comer. Those are fun fights always so good luck to you on Saturday. Good luck this week with the way cutting hopefully she makes wait no drama this time and we see great fight on Saturday. Thanks as always for coming on and thank you for the The Fan that has that has joined me here at ESPN. I took it all the way from the old job to here. I wouldn't I wouldn't forget it. Yeah awesome thanks so much for having me on. Thanks to all the fans who support me absolutely. You'll see a good show all right right. There she is the one and only Roxanne monetary pound for pound one of the nicest people in the history of mixed martial arts so always great to have her on and that's a big fight fight. That's a big opportunity for her. You see to forty six has a nice blend of veterans and up and comers like Civic Yousef like I said of course horse macy Barbara guys like Pettus and Roxanne Montazeri Alexia Lennick. The Grasso. Cloudy Delphi is an interesting one as well. So there's something for everyone one but of course. UFC Two forty-six headlined by Donald cerrone vs Conor McGregor. The returning Conor McGregor. We've been talking about this fight all show long and so great to have a coach own Roddy on the program so great to have the perspectives of someone. who fought both of them like Eddie Alvarez so great to have a mind like dominick Cruz and so great to have connor on the show from from our sit down on Friday but it has been a tradition dating back to? I believe the Max Holloway fight in Boston. If memory serves me correct so two thousand thousands and thirteen August of two thousand thirteen. We would always have John Cavanaugh before and often because they were winning the fights after the victories as well the Monday before the Monday they after but the tradition was broken prior to the last fight it was broken and well. We don't have to discuss what happened but you know what happened. And so now we get back on track we win and we learn and there he is back on track. The tradition is back. What did I say to you John when I asked you? Here's the big question. A couple of weeks said the question I want to know the answer to is. Is the tradition back on. What was your response? When asked you that question? Make mistakes. Don't repeat them. Yes there you go a great line so welcome record there as well L. Tree and tree. How do you feel about why did why did he have to rub it in? I'm sorry there's so much seriously corporate. What are you have to say really but great to have you on and by the way I don't know what kind of skype connection you guys have over the Internet connection but you and just absolutely flawless? Whoever you're signed up within Vegas tremendous stuff well done Cox? Okay yeah fine. How well perhaps we're about we're cooks? Yes okay okay yes all right. We'll leave it at that. So yes so much to discuss John. I remember talking to on the Saturday. After the Habib fight I remember. We were on Long Island for the Bell Tower. Show so much happened in that fight leading up to it the aftermath and you were very honest brutally honest about how it all went a couple couple months later. If I would have talked to you that the ban will be back together that you would be feeling like this that he would be feeling like this. That confidence would be like this. Would you believe me that it would all turn out like this and twenty twenty. I have to be honest and say no. I didn't think it would happen. Why not right after I talk about the great skype connection? That's what happens for God's sakes why did I say that I shouldn't have said anything. I'm sorry hey you don't. Ah I hope that was on the record. There you see you by putting up his record three three. It's actually not bad. I mean. Listen Yeah I'll take a three and three record. Are we going to reconnect them. My hunch is someone called them and sometimes that stalls it but we started off a little rocky as far as skype right but we ended really well and then I had to bring it up. Why did I bring it up? Can't believe I did it but that was a fascinating answer. We're about to get something and then it froze anyway. We'll reconnect with John. Great to have him on great to end the show with him. I'm very excited. Usually I go out to the fights on Thursday morning this one Tuesday because we're going to be doing aerial the bad guy from there and by the way I'm doing radio midnight eastern nine Pacific after the press conference on. ESPN RADIO SO WE'LL GET A. Oh my gosh. We're going to get to talk about the jinx myself on that one John. Yeah you don't talk about. A great connection is until the end. Gosh what a rookie mistakes I think after all these years and you're about to give us a tremendous answer so let's just go back to that moment because I felt like I totally ruined it. You said you didn't think so if I would ask. You all turned out like this this and then I asked why why. Why wouldn't you thought? So what did I do. What did I do? How could it have been so great? I own rotties behind this. What did I do? How could I have done such a think? This goes against everything I always believe in. I don't like to tell anyone who's on the show beforehand because I feel like I'm Jinxing it even. I don't even tell my wife she asked me. Who's on the show? NOPE NOT GONNA find out until I tweet about it. And the Harry. I'm talking about something as precious as skype connections. Are you kidding me Ariel. How could you do this? How can you let everyone down anyway? As I was saying Radio Show Midnight Eastern Nine Pacific press conference. This is five Pacific eight eastern. That's a one hour radio show at midnight which is when the freaks come out. So that's going to be fun. I like that taking your calls and there. We're doing another radio show and that will be on the podcast. We usually do a Wednesday park. That will be our Wednesday podcasts and will be involved so maybe we'll get a minimalist pick of the week there but we will also have another radio. Show Saturday from four seven Pacific sites knowing Fordis- I know sorry one very confusing one to four Pacific four to seven eastern one to four Pacific four to seven eastern. Yes that's a three hour show. ESPN ESPN radio in the midst of the Conference Championships. I might add how. `Bout that that's the coverage on Saturday. How about that at the top? No but in the midst of it I mean. There's a lot to talk about on the Saturday before the Sunday stretch. Come on. I'm taking this as a nice little feather in my cat. A UFC live on ABC to eastern ABC to Eastern. I heard some special guests are going to be joining us on that show. Then it's my show at four eastern and then it's Arianna Bagai live on this year youtube and twitter and then we've got the post fight show and a ton of sportscenter coverage it's going to be a crazy week. Okay okay. I'M NOT GONNA say anything I'm just going to go into the talk about this connection. John Are you there briefly. Yes okay God I totally okay. Why did you not think this would turn out like it did? It was like I actually taught after the fight. I felt it would be hard to tell to be hard for him to motivate himself the train like he used to do when he was coming up and winning cage warriors and then you UFC tiles because he had set out some goals and achieve them so what what was going to drive them again. Of course stand em mayweather fight. Come along and That you know of historical opportunity. That was that was motivation in and of itself. And but after that I just felt well you have the federal into light bells and you have enough money for your grandkids. So what was what was it. That was going to make you train again and I just. I found it hard to see a reason so I'm glad he did find his reason but I just didn't see it at the time so I'll be honest. I just Kinda start focusing on the next wave of guys you know. Every coach Kinda always has a a river of fighters mature Jim from sixteen seventeen years of age open till lender kind of wrapping up to career and I just thought that journey Arab particular particular journey was nearing its end. Did you think there was a chance that he would never fight again or that he would fight in. You just wouldn't be a part of it. Yeah I didn't think you'd be like a repeat myself but I didn't take you be able to trade away. He knows he has to train in order to compete at this elite level and because kind of training like I always figured he'd be around a gym. I always figured he'd be there training. Jitsu were you know kind of for fun with the the actual changing from being to training just for fall into training you compete is very very different than it's it's it's it's so hard it's so difficult ask any professional dinner for more than five years and you're dealing with injuries and waking up sore and whatnot and on them it's just hard to keep that intensity gone unless there's a very very good reason you know when you talked about the Habib fight and the camp in the days afterwards. It was very interesting to hear him talk about it now but when he told me on on Friday that he was drinking leading up to he was disappearing fearing for three four days. That's that's incredible to hear and I appreciate the honesty before a fight of that magnitude. Wow how bad was it. How difficult was it to be the coach and to have a fighter? He was telling us he was fight. He was all in when he was there but the problem was he would just leave and like celebrate the stuff that was going on in the gym. And obviously that's not the best way to to actually actually prepare for a fighter of that caliber in a fight of that magnitude. How trying was that for you? How difficult was it for you Yeah I mean you heard you. You heard him say it. It was it was it was not good and the whole training camp and was driven by a revenge by then you know even when you come down to Doodo sparring sessions. He was talking about the award inspires. There were fights and was actually interested him even for me to hear him saying that each of them was seen as a as a fight. So it actually Kinda makes a tiny bit a logical sense you celebrate a fight. You don't celebrate a sparring session sparring sessions just part of training camp but if you are a viewing it as a five and if you're going in and ruining true people you know destroying people. It wasn't doing rounds. It was just. It was how soon as the fight was over as soon as he could finish somebody then he was gone. He was out at a gym and just wouldn't be in contact with you for days. has that ever happened before. Wow even during the build up when you remember you told me that you got you. Would you would leave the gym. He would come to the gym right prior to the first one and the we. Yeah we didn't have much communication during that period. Yeah what he was still consistent. He was still was still showing him. I remember when I spoke to him in August and I asked him about his relationship with you because it was a bit up in the air and he said you know he saw that you did. Interviews is after fine so you didn't watch as I said I watched it fifty times on my way from the arena to the house. How could you not do that? And you know you just felt like there was no communication all that stuff. Did you guys ever have a serious sit down before for this new journey this new chapter and air out all these sort of things that were out there because there was a big question whether or not you'd be back together. Yeah absolutely and and a lot of it is something I could speak to you now for forty five minutes and one sentence comes out a certain way and you put out a headline and if you're just scrolling on your phone and you just see that headline and if you don't really see the whole interview you know it could be taken out of context and meaning you know he'll have to prove what what way a I have to show me. If I'm going to corner again. Mining behind that was taught was obvious was that I will you know. I'm obviously very concerned Garner. He's also always said he's like a kid rotor and I just didn't see the need for him to be doing anymore If he we already had all his goals achieved and I look now and I say this is what this is who he is. He's he loves a AH timid has healthiest physically and mentally. When he's in training camp and the motivations are healthy that's him at his is best and what else was he gonNa do? He's not going to go off and take gulls sit around all day. He's obsessed with this sport this lifestyle. So it's it's it's good for everybody involved. It's good for him. To be into professional element of anime. Keeps them on a good track as someone who has known him for so long. I remember the stories that you told me of trying to go to his house. His mom calling you to try to get him to come back to the Jim to wake them up to get him out of bed when he was nowhere near the connor that he is today. And you just referred to him as a kid brother I mean you. Don't often hear coaches refer to fighters like that but you guys have this incredible bond and to see the incident in Miami and the Puck to see these things happen. You care for this man to see the mug shots and things like that. What does that do to you to see? You Know He. He was starting to become as I they asked him. You know like the stereotype of the fighter who had it all and then is on the verge of losing it all to see that happen to your kid brother quote unquote. What does that do to you? It was heartbreaking does no order words for and those heartbreaking and you fear the worst trade a worse for people so you care about the most and you fear you're going to become that that's That stereotype you know that age old story of someone someone getting it all and then losing it all and it was Yeah everybody around were all worried. And but that's that's less than last year's news that's last decades news last few months of being incredible and I feel that you know you can say words and and people like us. We'll believe in adult Lakers will say it's just words. I can see where they're coming from because the proof will be on Saturday night. That's that's where you're going to see if what I as they're calling vintage connor but I actually think it's it's new and improved connor. He's if connor was to fight the Guy Guy to be Eddie Alvarez now connor is connor would win. While so it's it's it's been pretty incredible these last couple of months and it's it's it's been a him first of all the siding not using willpower or any doubt nonsense just the citing. He was going to come back and and be a certain way and then he just started doing it. And it's it's been going on. I feel actually almost a year ago talking to you a little bit about this. He started back with chromebooks Jim almost a year ago now maybe even longer and he did that am Easter Holiday Exhibition. And since then it hasn't taken you know. We had the unfortunate setback with the hand. But he still gets training two legs. You know that's anime. animate training is not about avoiding. Injuries is about managing injuries so he just worked around us and them. Now it's been clean. It's being healthy since August so August or September and looking at that video footage He's just looking amazing. I'm here all. We're all excited excited about it and like I said to coach. Roddy the symbolism of having Phil sutcliffe their Kremlin boxing at the great one. It's a really nice story for you as the head head coach have them in part of it. What was that like when when you first heard that he wanted him to be a part of the camp part of the corner? What did you think of that? I was delighted. Um I told you this today. But actually met Phil because Tom Egan that was the first guy to represent. SPG ORLANDS in in the UFC way back in the day and I believe it was connor APP. Roth Tom to Crumlin boxing gym so I went along for one of the. I think it was a media day. We're doing hit some pods there. Or whatever. And so I met fail. And we're exchanging stories about connor unknown connor at the time and just having a bit of legal about how he is and the gym is obviously. He's being filled for four years at that. Stage are maybe five years Congress about seventy in eighteen and being with Phil for five or six years so would come just joking about that and then I didn't see him again until recently and years later and It's fascinating to be around. The is is understanding on his knowledge of. He's got so many champions in this gym but he's taken from five or six six years of age right shooter career from a novice to an elite. You know to the Olympics or whatever our professional fighting and and so to be around someone like that as almost saying as you can see. We're sitting into Saint said here so I hear week on owns conversation. I love being around. Around experienced coaches to talk about strategies and tactics mindset. And he's just a fountain of knowledge and so you you talked earlier just moments ago about you know maybe words sometimes getting twisted or making these words that you say out to be a bigger deal than they are not and I'm wondering about a particular answer you gave to Oscar Willis of the MAC life recently which I've seen has been in a million different ways we're used century said you know we're staying. Hang out of the way he knows more about fighting. All of US combine the coaching staff and the reaction was how could that be the coaches. He's the fighter etc.. Could you explain what you you meant by that statement. Because it's not often we hear something like that. Yeah we all have to house. We tried to slip in one sentence. That's GONNA get the most fire reaction on. I'm winning. Yes so far. No what I meant was them of course. We structured the trainer program over the last couple of months but when we're talking to him at the fight breakdown is fight his MMA fight IQ. It was incredible the way he can see tendencies in opponents and say okay. Look I think this is going to happen. Let's make some predictions exum because look some fights. NCAA correct the are okay. Well look let's build some of our training around those particular shots and sequences and and his is insight you know is it to eight world champion for a reason. So that's kind of more to pint of US making one hundred and every Monday morning. We got a an A Monday the morning email from connor saying this is the next seven days training. You know. That's that's not really what I meant but I'm glad some journalists able to make a few articles out of videos and and I hope you made a few dollars out of it a few quid might get. I might. I might give them another another few L. Few little headlines over the next few days so that they can right a few more of those type of turtles perfect. Everyone loves that And so when the idea of one seventy was brought to the table when he decided on one seventy because ultimately ultimately was his call. Were you in favor of this Yes yes I was. Yeah now it's been a while. Well well it's just one less thing to worry about this fight if you look at Donald particular opponent I don't I there's probably going to be around ten pounds into difference on the night. That would be my guess. It's maybe a little bit more. And of course Donald is going to attempt a takedown on to use a grappling game. And it doesn't it's not like he has has a skill set of it. You know Olympic level wrestler. Or something like that. It's going to be. I think one and the striking exchanges and the way is not as is important. Air Does Not does not that big a difference so why have why have either of them you know so freeing to try and make away and then to go back to bean around about ten pounds difference on fight night regardless historically connors fighting guy on a long winning streak. He's fighting a champion. He's fighting being a legend. He's fighting on although it may whether Eddie average champion. This isn't one of those cases. There's no title on the line. He's not a champion in fact ceremonies coming off two you straight losses in which he was stopped. Does this feel big for you. Like the there's no real stakes other than coming back and maybe proving the doubters wrong does this feel like a fight that is worthy of the connor comeback or. Did you want him to fight. A bigger name Probably if few questions you're going to ask me especially when we start getting onto predictions and stuff we'll have to say amounts or so get it out of the way now to explain okay that we're I realized early on we focused. I didn't have the vocabulary that I'm gonNA use now but was definitely what we were doing that we were focusing on systems Rotterdam discreet goals. So if you look at the elbow fight where he dropped that with a few days as notice on Monday step in if we had to be in focused very on a discrete goal of every goal. Orientated the B. L. that would've been kind of disastrous because it was a new new name a new opponent a new style. Everything was different and you know you. You know the story of me. Santa cars change and he said they're all the same I. The reason I'm being was that his his his training was systems. Orientated I think later on on especially for the mayor fight we became very goal. Orientated even hurt himself saying his goal was to beat the Pity Shell system and then some the More I think it's called Mexican style system And he will be able to adjust into contests are that whereas in the past look at example beating beating Mendis on a couple of days notice a very very different style opponent because we were systems orientated. Not Goal orientated. So that's what I feel. We return to so. I don't think it really matter to was across pasta cage because connor is one hundred percent systems orientated. Now you see it in the interview here in his words on the way to training as being it didn't matter to me. I find it amazing. How people are talking about Donald thrown as though he's fighting someone that's number one you know he's fighting CNN punk or something like that? This is the guy that has so many records in in the UFC. So so bad. Is it complementary awards. Conner's ability that that's the kind of way he's been spoken about someone that's been so active. Even period of time that connors being inactive I am but Donald is a phenomenal opponent. Great anime fighter great. All rounder houses has a skill sets. This is this is a great fight. It is a great fight and it's kind of in my opinion why I thought it was perfect for his return. It's a good fight to return to you. Know you're not jumping into the deep when you're fighting a guy with a resume with those kinds of records who's respected the winningest fighter even. That's funny isn't it. Like a top five for the last couple of years. SIRONI crony yeah. Yeah and it's not defend isn't that it's kind of funny that show. Where's your losses yet? Now I get it I get it. Yeah I just don't think he looked down. I was at that fight where he fought just them and he he didn't he didn't look great physically going into that fight and I think I wouldn't seventy. He looks a hell of a lot better so I think it's going to be much better fight than if he was down at won't fifty dollars. One seventy seventy plus a five round fight do you have concerns about the cardio. No not at all yeah. Training is being. The training has been unbelievable. I know I've people are getting tired of hearing me. Say it's the best connor ever. But when he's in this mindset five five arouses five. That's not the issue. The system was the issue. The system is being fixed. And whether that's thirty second fight or twenty five minute fight. The system is right. Result will be right when you hear him talk about three fights maybe even four fights in two thousand twenty. What do you think possible? I think it's great. I think it's great I love being in this mindset. He's he's kind of Twenty nine team is almost like a year's years training I know twenty twenty should be a year competing so you know As long as obviously there's no injuries picked up. Why now why not? Why not right load a few? I think it would make sense for. I'll say here you go. Here's still be delegated. Some okay okay. I'm sure it'd be about. Hey hearing this. But let's say for example the next Justin just to pull an example. There's fight Justin at one seventy. I don't really see the point and I'm going to one fifty five for a belt with him just about one seventy ish. So what's the point. The boat arriving on fight week one seventyish spending a few days trying to get down weight weighing in a dead the next day being about one seventy is just like the hassle of a Waco. Is that who you WANNA go. It's bizarre it's bizarre that we use that language. Oh that's his natural weight on fifty five. No it's not. No it's not. What seventy is is natural way? And I'd imagine someone like Justin is not far off one. Seventy one seventy five or something and wait so just natural weights unless it's something major like a fight love. I won't fifty five pound belt contested on seventy really but besides sites that I don't what was the need. What is it? What would be the point and it would mean he'd be able to compete more often this year? That's what people WANNA see. Let's be honest. Is that your way of saying you WanNa get you next no. It was my way of explaining that I don't see the point pudding ways and give maybe somebody someone could get a good arch clarita but it was just a kid the again a focus on systems rather than specific goals discreet goals fight just and fight master towel densify could be that would be very discreet. Goals rather than the system is Rebecca the gym next week we stay healthy. Stay training at a good pace weeks. Keep eating right. We stay around about that one seventy Late and so that he could make. Obviously we've done one seventy two hundred fifty five and less than ten days in the past so he could make that a neighbor. Love it if the lightweight belt was was offered and but we can we can route. Let one seventy pound fights and in the meantime what any stress on the you know physiologically neurologically distress of of coding of cutting the weight is not part of how much you expect them to weigh on Friday. I'll say one six nine okay because people were freaking out about him saying to me on Friday the low one sixty s so that would be just a pound under the one seventy one seventy one for a non title fight. But that's not all that worried about before will end on the prediction. But I just want to ask you because you're so in tune with this I mean you're there you have the gym here with the people the I'm f all that stuff. Obviously I read a lot. I listened to a lot and I hear a lot and I see people right to me about you. Know what he means to the Irish people. What he doesn't doesn't mean to the Irish people as popularity and whatnot? Do you feel like the Irish people have turned on him. Don't support him as much. Do you think this will be a different scene on Saturday. Because it's always been great seeing the turnout out for him in Las Vegas You know it is just out Christmas i. I don't know how many many people are going to travel allows as for his us for defeating swords him in Ireland's and I don't take people being mean on twitter all all that series because I don't really believe twitter to be real life my experience of Ms in Dublin and I go into the shops or walking down the street and it's just you know people beeping their horn a wave and over people Russian and for for pictures and wishing those look on our next fight and and that's where my energy energy goes and that's what my focus is not on on a couple of meanings on on twitter fair enough. I'm inclined to say this feels like a new connor because of the way he was when I when I saw him on Friday but again you've known him long before any of this. Do you recall the last time he was this relaxed this happy. This zen like it was really. There's something to see and to feel that energy. Do you recall the last time he was like that day in and day out. No this this this is a this is new for me. The level of structure in his life. Now it's like You know he's he's already won nowadays always Mama two children. And he's very he's very settled in everything he's doing now and that means yes full. Focus on What he wants to do and what he wants to do is competed anime and it just emanates from this Calmness calmness this contentment with everything around them on a very rewarding. And it's very relaxing. I'm actually I was I. I was taken about Goldman onto this interview. I was more nervous coming onto this interview and trying to give good answers Diana that the fight on Saturday. That's that's that's that's actually honestly true. My God I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or not. But that's an incredible statement. Considering what's happening on Saturday. I appreciate that honesty. Let's see let's end with the prediction. How does it end if I may if I may give a quick shout please You know about our AH warrior. Training Program Buy Com W. W.. Yes and we have four seasons starting at the end of this month and between the four seasons in Cork Mark Taylor Moore and Belfast. We had over five hundred applicants for. And that's that's a little knock on effect obviously the McGregor affect but that's that's kind of what he's doing. Well you know there's a five hundred people get involved in amateur anime seasons a wimp a wimp two warrior starting all over the world and then own on talking about him injecting energy in today amateur scene in America. It's kind of a credible. Yes come out of this little team in Dublin. Oh maybe he's the one that's going to offer structure to the entire her amateur Mac and then in the US and then my own little world warrior training program that really taken off globally as well. That's kind of cool bill so it's going to give a shout out to all the people who are doing to try outs. At the moment I wished in the very best I look forward to train them with them. As the season progresses and by the NASA website for women to Warrior Royer DOT COM and the number two to our dot com at number two two Aria Dot Com. I prefer the term Warrior Warrior Training Program. But it's width warrior at Dot Com and the seasons in in Tristar Gym or seasons in Gilbert Melendez Japan Dan. It's an all at the top gyms around the world and it's only grown. I think there's about fifty seasons running annually now will lead and it's grown so jump on their of your gym owner or your interesting experience of of animated transformational effect mentally and physically want a review of testimonials at sea. It's see it's for you Anyway we'll we'll leave it at that They did the prediction. The prediction is that the the systems is. What's GonNa win this fight and a cool calm collected Conor McGregor with no mistakes? It's going to be beautiful fight as again I. I love watching by the various. I almost every time I watch it. I think up something new and this is a fight. I believe it will be studied for a long time as well and wetter dots. Connor catching them in a guillotine and the first two minutes or knocking at the twentieth. ninetieth minute I don't see that as important as the method that the fight goes the systems used within the fight so I predict a a beautiful destruction. I like it. We'll leave it at that. That's an interesting take on the prediction. A bit of unique one but I like it very much. Ah had nostalgic feelings going up and down my body all show long now doing the show. You know it's been a long time that we've had a chance to feel this way about a connor fight eight and the buzz. That is to come this week. It feels like two thousand sixteen and fifteen all over again. I know we all kind of long for that. That was a really fun. Time in the sport from the media perspective. Coaching Perspective Fighting Crisp. It was just a lot of fun to to be a part of it so this has been a really fun day and it's perfect and with you and you know the tradition is two fold. I just want to say you know. It's always been two full all. That's always been the Monday before and the Monday after the victory so I just WanNa put you on the spot here and hope that we get stuck and next week a big week for you to with Dylan in Bella toward orange. The train rolls along so nice to have you on nice to see the whole team. Everyone was so nice and welcoming to me on on Friday and I really appreciate that nice to see the addition of a Dj Ej. Well that's a long ways from the barn back in the day in Thank you so much John guys this week and of course. Good luck on Saturdays. Well thank you sir. All right we'll talk to you soon. There he is the one and only the head coach over at Sba Ireland the Great John Cavanaugh ending as we should on the Monday before a conor McGregor fight. So here we are. The Monday is over. I hope you enjoyed the show. I hope you had fun. I hope it brought back some nostalgic feelings as well. Maybe maybe if you're flying to Las Vegas for this fight maybe for one of those people. I hope that you are able to watch this. And maybe perhaps you are a little more excited about what's to come on Saturday. Saturday can tell you I am. I really am and by the way we gave you some celebrity predictions the most important prediction of the mall from my mom. Texted it to me. She said Conor McGregor prediction so they take us the favorite after all but mom knows weighing in as well what a great day. What a great time to be alive? What what a way to start the two thousand twenty year as far as the UFC concern appreciate everyone who watches today's program and I hope you'll watch our coverage read our coverage? Listen were coverage all week long. Starting tomorrow in Las Vegas thank you very much dominant crews get well soon. Thank you very much Eddie Alvarez looking forward to his return as well thank thank you very much and good luck to Anthony Pettis. Good luck to Conor McGregor on Saturday as well. Thank you very much to him. Thank you to Owen. Roddy and coach John Cavanaugh. And of course good luck to Roxanne Monastery might very if you missed anything. Of course you can check it out on our youtube page apple podcasts. spotify Google play all those places and more. He is back for for the first time since October of two thousand eighteen Saturday night. UFC Two forty six only on ESPN plus pay per view Conor McGregor against Donald Sironi. We'll be back next next week. Talk about the same time a place to tell that I say peace. I'm Outta here thirty. One you think is fighting forty. I think it's worth Ronnie is water law in the locker room. Ow God is going to win. You know I I think that this is his redemption story. I got Surani going to be a great fight. Two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second I think he's found his edgy again. I think he has a chip on his shoulder from his last loss. I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to you. I was but I'm even better than who I want. You know. Everyone says Oh we missed the at the two thousand sixteen fifteen or whatever it was connor. Does I got cowboy. Winning the fight via finished fourth or fifth round and this is a very very good match up to one hundred seventy pounds and both these guys are just average is report fresh shop fast night. Dangerous powerful full of energy. I kinda waiting. I'M GONNA have to go with my countrymen Burger. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be in good mental space Connor Lonzo people when he lands clan on. Sironi it's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an early night McGregor versus Donald Surani. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I I loved it. Amazing how people are talking about Donald Thrown stogies fighting punk or something like that. This is the guy that has so many records Tampa forever and always etched in stone coming off a lawsuit could be but I still got him coming back and going PIPPA care. I have McGregor in this one. If all of us as fans watching get hit third fourth and fifth round this is Albany. Get really fun with the cowboys. Ronnie I think conners able to get it not within three. Then he couldn't have picked another guy cowboy grow up guy that's every deserves a shot and respective and I'm telling you for both guys. How do you stop talking about?

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Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More

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Conor McGregor Exclusive Interview, Kavanagh, Roddy, Cruz, Alvarez, More

"Heroine it's area Hawaii before we begin. Today's very special show. I just want to tell you about a brand new podcast here. ESPN that we're all very excited about. It's it's called the S V pod starting this week Scott Van Pelt will be back on the audio airwaves talking sports gambling and honestly everything in between tween and if you don't know Scott Van Pelt where the heck have you been. He's an absolute legend. One of the nicest and most talented people here it is. I'm a huge fan of his and I can't wait for his his return to the airwaves. So if you haven't yet I strongly recommend you subscribe to the SV pod which you can find wherever you get your podcast and once you do so be Dan lookout for episode number one dropping later this week and before you take a listen to our very special show today remember that the following may not be suitable for all audiences prices so listener's discretion is advised. Enjoyed the show. Ladies and Gentlemen Welcome. I am too back in your life on this Monday January Kan.. Thirteen two thousand and twenty Hogan everyone. I'm area WHO WANNA. It is so great to be here with you on this Monday afternoon. In Bristol Connecticut Connecticut. What a way to start? What should be a really fun week? A really memorable and fun week. I feel it. It's been awhile since I felt something like this before. And of course these kinds of feelings come along with a Connor McGregor flight and so here we are five days away from the return of Conor McGregor arguably the most famous fighter in the history Eh of the sport of mixed martial arts. I don't know who would argue against that but nevertheless sure you can argue against it if you want the biggest draw the face of the UFC still his first fight since October of two thousand eighteen it's UFC two forty six. It goes down this Saturday. Las Vegas T mobile arena. You see the lineup. The main card hard right over there conor McGregor Donald Sironi main event welterweight fight five rounds. We are five days away from that fight. And you know I've been thinking why this one feel so exciting. Why feels special because I know some of the narrative has been? Hey you you know. It's kind of flying under the radar and hey it doesn't feel big doesn't feel like there's a lot of buzz. I would argue the opposite way I would say it feels bigger because we've had a break AAC and this almost feels like our version the Ma version of opening day. The last year of C event was December twenty first in the middle of the night in South Korea. The plus pay-per-view was December fourteenth. So it feels like it's almost been a month between events and that has given us a lot of time. I think to talk about this fight to talk about the return. The stakes the story leading up to this point and it feels to me. And maybe it's because I just came back from Las Vegas. I flew to Las Vegas late. Thursday night sat down with Connor on Friday afternoon and then flew home that night. And maybe because I was there I was around his team. I spoke to his coaches coaches and it started to feel nostalgic. It started to feel like the old days and they were saying to me about Connor. And I'll and I'll share my thoughts on Conor McGregor and that interview who is going to air on. Today's show in its entirety was around forty seven minutes. It will air later on. I'll give you the lineup in a second but the main thing that I'll say right off the top is as I was waiting for him and even in the lead up to me going out there and sitting with them and I really do appreciate him giving us the time. He's not talking to a lot of people and it certainly is. It certainly is something that we appreciate that he would give us that time. especially that much time but the main thing that I kept hearing was Oh. He's happier than he's ever been. Oh Oh he no. He's in a great spot mentally physically. This is the old connor. This is better than the old all that stuff and to be honest I roll my eyes and I said I've heard this before and and I said this is a cliche that we hear in the game in sports all the time. Best camp ever all that stuff. But then I sat down with Conor McGregor and I would say that that this is a completely different person than the one that we've seen the last couple of years completely different and we talked about a lot. We touched on a lot. He owned up to a lot. He was very he was very open. I thought he was very forthright. It was different than the guy that I spoke to in August in my opinion and so I'm very curious to hear what you think. You had a lot of thoughts on the August interview. I'm curious to hear what you think about. This particular interview was just two days ago and I know a lot of you saw the teaser. Clip that we posted and and a lot of you are saying that he sounds happier and he sounds more calm. And maybe a little more humble rejuvenated. I can't wait to hear the thoughts afterwards words because I left with a lot of thoughts and I left believing what they were telling me going into the interview. which is he is rejuvenated? He is refocused he is doing all the right things. A lot was touch on a lot was revealed. So I'm looking forward to sharing that with all of you This this sort of Zen like and to be honest. I've been in this before right. I've it reminded me a little bit leading into it of my situation with with John Jones. Back in two thousand and fifteen. When I went to Albuquerque after the hit and run accident I was talking to a guy who's telling me that he was going to change age and he was telling me that he was different and that he has a new lease on life? And all this stuff and I was thinking. Okay I'M GONNA here's some of the stuff that I heard with John because there's a lot of parallels there on with with the trouble that he was getting into and would John. I felt the entire time that he was nervous that he was unsure of himself. I felt that he was kind of feeling like one. One hundred percent. Believe what I'm seeing in this moment and of course we know what happened afterwards. He got in more trouble later on. Didn't get that sense this time around and we never know what's going to happen. It's impossible to predict but didn't get get that sense this time around so that's going to air later on today show. Of course. This is a special fight because there is no belt on the line. It's the first time since the Dennis in a super fight in two thousand fifteen where connors not a champion or. There's no belt online. Because even when he fought twice those were entitled fights but he was still a champion right he was still champion in those fights in this particular case. No belt no champion but it still feels like a big deal because of the comeback because of the stakes aches because of everything that's attached to this fight and so here we are for the first time since you have C.. One eighty three two fighters going into a fight off losing streaks takes off losses to fighters going into a fight main eventing a pay per view first time since Anderson Silva and Nick Diaz did it. You Have C. One eighty three. That's special on its own rate. And the first time since he fought Diego Brandao that he's fighting fighter coming off a loss as well. That's a key thing that no one's talking about the mental part of coming off a loss and then fighting on a stage like conor McGregor. Let's be honest a lot of you say that about surrounding. He has said that about himself. Mentally sometimes he falters in those situations he crumbles in those situations houses confidence going into this fight and and I know as I am about to tell you the line-up here I know a lot of you said over the last day where Sironi on this show whereas his team on the show. I just WanNa make this very clear. I've asked multiple times to come on this show. Not just today but leading up to the fight and team as well unfortunately he declined and as a result of him declining. His team declined as well. But Trust me when I say I tried to get him in his team on multiple occasions coming today show. Hey you got to play with the cards you are dealt and so we will play with these cards. We've got a great show lined up for all of you today all things you have see to forty six discuss now. This is our coverage scheduled for this week. I'm going to Las Vegas on Tuesday tomorrow. Look at all this stuff. We've got our own bag. I live from Sin City on Wednesday and stay on. ESPN plus we've got my radio show special edition of this show on the radio national. Espn Radio National Midnight Eastern. So that's going to be after the press conference which is at eight PM Eastern. That's going to be a lot of fun we've got the way in show on. ESPN plus at noon eastern UFC live to forty six pre show. We've got in addition addition to all that all of our coverage that's going down as far as Media Day Maswadeh doing a press conference I'm I'm told on Thursday's world is a ton. There is a special edition of UFC. She live on. ABC said ABC ABC NOT ESPN ESPN ABC. Going into a basketball game. Which is incredible my show at four eastern radio show three hours on the radio leading up to the card? So there's a lot there. Let me tell you about today's lineup. Because it's a special and I'm very excited about today's show and and then we will get rocking and rolling so in about two hours and thirty five minutes three thirty five. We're back torch tradition with coach. John Kevin Remember prior to the Habib. He didn't come on and we know what happened there. He wanted to keep things tight and in camp did come on the show. We saw what happened now. We're going back to the old ways coming on the Monday before. I'm looking forward to having John. Kevin on the show tells about the camp and everything leading up to that this fight. Roxanne Montazeri has a big fight coming up against macy barber on Saturday a UFC. Two forty six I saw at the Pi on Friday. And I thought you know what it'd be nice to have Roxanne on as you know friend of the program. We got our happy warrior. Fan Right over here. We've got her book. Had to be positive right over here. So we'll talk to Roxanne Bend modifier at three twenty. We'll talk to Rowdy Owen. Roddy striking coach for Conor McGregor. I'm looking forward to that as I knock over Roxanne's Fan. I always do that. We'll get his perspective effective and he's also launched a new amateur program here in the United States. I'm looking forward to talking to him about that. At around two fifty-five we'll have a lot of celebrities making their prediction of for the fight fifteen celebrities way in stay tuned for that surprise celebrities. I asked a bunch of them to weigh in. That's going to be a lot of fun. A lot of familiar faces at two o'clock. My interview with Conor McGregor will air in its entirety. The sit down from Friday where we talked about all those things leading up to this fight on Saturday. So that's going to be a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to you all seeing that one forty-five Anthony Pettis will join us. He has a big fight on Saturdays. Well against Carlos Diego Fajita pick for him coming back to one fifty five Fajita with a five five fight winning streak. He is the fighter on this car with the longest winning streak so a big spot for him an opportunity for Anthony pedestal. Get back on track. Eddie Alvarez we'll join us at one thirty. He is just one of three fighters to a fought both ceremony and McGregor the other two of course Nathan Deceiver and so we'll get his thoughts on the fight and also get thoughts on how he's feeling remember. Who's part of the one championship lightweight term and had to pull out due to the ankle injury? So we'll get his thoughts on on his health as well and y'all celebrate his birthday yesterday so a big couple of days for eighty Alvarez first birthday then appearing on this program and of course at it One ten we're going to be joined moments by the Great Dominick Cruz who is One of the most brilliant minds in the game of course co-host of unlocking victory with Gilbert Melendez which airs on all the different ESPN platforms. Wanted to get his take on this fight and how he's feeling as well everything going on in the Bantamweight Division with Henry. So who don't all. It's a by the way before we get to let me know when when he's ready. Oh I didn't you didn't tell me all right. Let me just say I appreciate everyone who watched the the award show and I appreciate all the comments. Comet everyone weighing in it was a lot of fun to to hear. Everyone's take on the award show last week. You know what I'm talking about anyway. Let's move along now and say hello to the Great Dominick Cruz. WHO's kind of to join ruinous from his car? There he is dominic are you. I do not here dominic. We'll reconnect with them here or try to fix that. Dominic you hear me give me a thumbs up if you do okay. Maybe he doesn't even hear me all right well. We connect with with dominic in a matter of moments. Of course one of the most brilliant minds in the sport and actually had a chance to talk to To Connor himself he posted a picture on his instagram. I think it was last Sunday that they had a chance either Saturday or Sunday they were both at the Pi and they had a chance to talk to each other. So I'm curious about that exchange but we haven't seen dominic inaction since December of two thousand and sixteen. There's the photo right over there. And by the way the one thing that struck me in this photo look how big connors left hand is. I mean that thing is gigantic is it just the angle or is it really that big. I mean I know. Obviously the left hand is his you know his famous hand and the famous punch and all but holy smokes. That thing looks like bigger than Dobbs head GonNA thing. It's unbelievable it's got the big appeared long hair Going into this fight. I'm curious about that exchange but like I said December two thousand sixteen we actually Recently on the ESPN may twitter and instagram page recently posted a TT of the last time we saw dominic in a in a post fight press conference setting that great scene after his fight against cody. Garbrandt he was standing up the whole time and that got a ton of love like a million views on that clip him standing up. I think a lot of people just hadn't seen it or just love seeing it again. Him standing up and just taking the the defeat in stride and just having such a great perspective when it came to that particular flight and we'd love to see him back on instagram earlier today that he appears to be in in great spirits he was getting some simplicity done. It seemed like on his shoulder. I think it was either a shoulder arms. So hopefully in two thousand twenty which we are in now we'll get a chance to the CMO back in action and things are wide open at one. Thirty five of course We don't know who Henry Pseudo is going to fight next to. You is pushing for the elbow fight Henry by the way finding love announcing on instagram Graham over the weekend so Mazal Tov to him. His his his lucky partner. But we don't know when he's going to return we also don't know who is going to fight that's still very much up in the air. He's talking about although we have been not so into that fight. Personally guy coming off a loss. I don't know how you should be fighting for a belt own one in a division. Where does Cruz fit into all of that? I Know Coy San Hagan trying to fight against him. He's not fighting on the January twenty fifth card in Raleigh North Carolina. So hello there is. There is a lot to discuss with Mr Dominick Cruz. By the way you know going back to the Connor fight here for a second as we try to connect with him you you know it's interesting because I do believe as I mentioned at the top. A lot isn't being made of the fact. That ceremony is going into this fight on to winning streak. Excuse me losing streak usually when you go to fight historically like. I said the last time someone went into a connor. McGregor fight on a loss. Diego Brandao. Usually you're going into a connor fight on a winning streak week right. You're you're floyd mayweather of course your. ATS COMING OFF A win. Your hubby made off coming off a long streak. Eighty hours coming off. Winning the belt your shows Aldo on on cheek. You're typically rolling right. You're typically on a high. Your your confidence is on a high as well and you're not not coming off two losses in which you have been stopped. It doesn't matter if you're fighting on the PRELIMS IF YOU'RE A fighter coming off of two losses in which you have been stopped I would imagine. Your confidence is a little bit lower than if you're on a winning streak so that's a really interesting aspect in this of course conner's coming off a loss as well uh-huh and he hasn't fought in a while but I think that's a really interesting aspect that people aren't talking about all right. Let's see if we can connect with dominic here. He's joining us now via the phone. Dominic are you there dominic. Do you hear me all right. But I don't think he hears me. We'll connect we shall. We shall make this happen okay. Seems like he's maybe using his his bluetooth. We'll get it done. We'll make it can happen so anyway that I find to be a really interesting thing of course wondering how Connor is going to react to being back everything everything. That's happened pressure on him as well to gain fans back at the end of the day. It really doesn't matter the opponent in my opinion like I said to him versus a broomstick. We can argue about. Should've been this guy. Should it have been geeky. Should've been a guy on a winning streak. Should've been a top contender for the casual Israel Fan for the Joe Sports Fan out there for the mainstream sports fan. All they needed was a win in my opinion I think that a lot of fans are trepidation. I think a lot of fans are taking a bit of a wait and see how this all pans out. is He really back about a lot of people. Come up to me A.. And say you know. Is He really back is he. Is he going to take this seriously. is He really going to stay on the straight narrow all this stuff and I think a lot of fans are not wanting to buy in fully and that's okay but I think one big victory I think one great session Russian on the microphone after and might even honestly it might even happen leading up to Saturday with the pest press conference on Wednesday that five o'clock Pacific eight o'clock eastern eastern might even happen then I think after that and I honestly wouldn't be surprised if if he actually throws us for a loop remember before the Chad Mendes fight a lot. Lot of people thought that he would come out very strong very aggressive that he would come out throwing insults and things like that didn't do that. He was very calm going into that. Fight supremely calm and I think he'll come out. This is my guess. I don't think anyone knows. I don't even think he knows. I think he'll come out supremely calm in this one. If if my conversation with him on on Fridays any indication I come out very calm on Wednesdays. Well I don't think you'll see the same kind of fireworks works in Vitriol and animosity that we saw in the Hubby fine. I think that turned off a Lotta people. As well in fact I was looking back at his debut debut we do a thing on our our linear TV show which airs on Tuesday nights on either ESPN TOUR ESPN news. And I was looking back at the debut. Gugans Marcus Bridge April six of two thousand thirteen in Stockholm Sweden He was the fourth fight on that card on the facebook. prelims amazingly came out. beat him. one-sided win sixty seven seconds like I said gets the sixty Jeez and then I watched the post fight press conference and it's fascinating because in the post fight press conference. He says something that is actually something that he has been saying leading up to this fight and it was great foreshadowing to what was to come in his life. No one could have guessed that he would have turned into what he ultimately became but he actually gave us a clue as to who he is and what he's all about what could happen if he does get riches and fame and all this stuff and maybe starts to drift. We have that we have that sound. I wanted to share that with you. Because I thought that was fascinating insight into who he he is and even though he's changed so much he's really just the same guy. He was telling us that this was going to happen. This is seven years ago April two thousand thirteen post by press conference Stockholm Sweden. Take take a listen to what connor said after that fight. Just I felt the same. You know what I mean even walking in you know people say about. UFC jitters an auto. uh-huh feel it just felt like another contest and competition is competition as a matter of an local club here and I just felt the same to be honest. I don't know what's is going on here. I'm just here in sixty thousand dollars. I'm just thinking what I'm going to spend on a car anyway. Nice car maybe. Some citizens awesome customer. I don't know just last week. I was collecting the social welfare. And I mean I I was in the name like I don't know what's going to happen. Scientists Labra now as opposed to tell anyone you want you. You WanNa fight next whatever I just want to be kept busy. Competent competition keeps me focused on time. I don't have competition ahead of me. I just seemed to drift. You know what I want to be kept busy and let's just whatever whatever you wherever and whenever you know you see that. He said right right there when he's not competing he's drifting when he's not competing he's losing focus and that's been the knock and of course he went in a completely different direction and no one could have predicted the legal issues and the incident and the Miami incident. I mean there's just everything that happened post to twenty nine. Look at all that but he said right there when he had no money when he had nothing nothing nothing to his name. When I'm not competing I'm drifting where I'm not competing I lose focus and it's very much the same things that you say now? I wasn't competing. I was losing focus. I was drifting. I found that to be fascinating. Little turn back the clock for all of you in another fun thing. That hasn't been talked about so much. It's leading up to this fight conor brought in a new slash old face to his Catt Ball. Tell you about that person in a moment. Let's try to connect once again with Dominick Cruz. Let's try this now. Dominic are you there dominant. Can you hear me okay. We shall reconnect connect with Dominic. Not sure what's going on with the phone situation but we'll We'll effort as they say in the business So I was just was telling you about. I'll give you the cheese now. This is what happens sometimes when you do live stuff an interesting story. That's played out that I think has flown under the radar that I think we'll get more attention leading up to this fight. One guy that he brought in a familiar face man by the name of Phil sutcliffe cliff. Who is the owner of the Crumlin? Boxing Club the first guy to introduce them to any form of combat sports. When he was twelve years old he went there for the first time and trained in boxing? There we've heard about chrome Phil had never been a part of any of his camps had never been a part of his corner owner for any of his fights in the UFC. He will be part of his corner in this fight. He is a part of the camp for this fight. He is in Las Vegas. He has been training with him and He has said that he did recently. A Good Friday a sparring session and at atk Crumlin for the for the locals for the community for the boxing club and he had a moment. tiffany where he's like. I should have had these guys. My old coaches from back in the day the people who introduced me to boxing back in the day I should have had these people helping me out for the Mercer fight which makes a lot of sense. You have boxing coaches. You're going to have them a part of your boxing camp. When you're making your pro? Boxing debut people who you and so he has brought him back and I think there's great great symbolism in that I think it's it's really fascinating part of this new old going back to the old ways a simpler time a more innocent time to bring back the people who introduce you you too fighting. Who taught you that left hand taught you how to compete taught? You had a fight you bring those people on. That's a really cool story all right. Let's try to get dominant crews here. One more time dominant. Please tell me you can hear me. Can you hear me. I hear you dominic. You're the man thank you. I'm sorry about that. I Apologize Let's get into it. Thank you for joining us. First off I just on your instagram. You're getting some PT. How are you feeling physically? Great you gotta stay on range and most of the movements when you're building back at My tie here going from Mama build a big win everything is up fee just gotta stay on the PT. You'll be able to return yet. I'm I'm sure her I look at the next six. Months is my goal as an exact time. None of that's been established yet I do we know that I'm just building this actress back right shoulder and I'm feeling really good on track. You will return. You will fight again. I will try it again. You you know and this time I'm just staying focused on. Do you know any chance you return fight. It is against Henry Pseudo. Well there's possibility The way I look at it. He's a champion current and he told me that he wanted to fight me. So why would I wouldn't if I happen. Unless he plays musical chairs call out which is what he's been doing So I'm not sure what Henry thinking but when the champion of the division calls you out you step up and you take it right now is right. I need right for me so I think that's the fight that makes sense. I mean I did lose my last flight. But it was for the title. I was the title holder. And you know I didn't really get my thought to jump right back in there. 'cause I got myself injured back toback but my skill sets have not tarnished at all. They're still there. It's just a matter of stone up and getting that's right with Henry but he's got a right now. I don't think anybody knows what he wants. I don't think he knows what he wants to be on it. Yeah that is that is an astute astute observation perhaps. Let me ask you about this because we were just talking about it. We even showed the photo as we were trying to connect with you. You conversation it seems like with with Conor McGregor regret the last week and I saw a photo that you guys took together. Could you tell us anything about that conversation. What was it like what was what did you guys talk about? It was super like clear and concise conversation. I'd never gotten an opportunity to actually sit and have a conversation with him because there's always some people put like his security guards. He's got an interview or he's gotTa go have a drink window or something. I always going on so This time I walked the Pi. Shut down because I feel unlocked. Victory after the Pi shutdown either in the morning or at night And conor with their closing it down he was there doing training and right at the end of this training he was sitting there and and we just got talking to pick his brain a little what. He's well he's doing different. Why he wants to find his I kind of explained to them how I style I say. Look look this is. I'm being you tonight In this breakdown and miss it how I see in the past few dismantled a lot of people and some of your habit and says team accurate and he agreed with with the stuff that firm but he also said you know. I got some other tricks up my sleeve and he showed me then as well and you know I didn't break those down on the show because you know I I wouldn't have known those I'm GonNa say that conversation with them the Pi. So but I like where he was. I like what he was thinking. I like what he was telling. And I think it's GonNa be fun for the fans to see kind of a different set of movements for him. I mean for me as an observer is an analyst. I two different set of movements. I'll be curious to it'd be how it shows up on fight night for everybody else to see if they're able to make the reads and if he's able to make those investments that he showed me if you're one of the most brilliant it minds in the game that's why I wanted to have you on for this particular show leading up to the fight and you had the opportunity to talk to him a little bit but you also did that unlocking victory show which I'm really looking forward to as well but if I could ask you how do you break down. Surani versus McGregor. What are the keys to victory for Surani McGregor? Could you do that for us. Can you give us a little taste. Yeah that show Oh itself will break all that down Where you can experience the movement? But if I'm talking about it in words Sironi gets to stay tall and and he needs to make sure that he's throwing combinations ending combinations with a kick to fight that I like to look back at her only a few shows up like this. I think he'll do really well against rick story a long time ago. It was a while back that he fought Rick Story and restore eh big seventy founder and throwing was coming over and he did really really well and fight now. Rick Stories and up is not under McGregor stand. We all know that however at the south fault it's very powerful and it's more than a bit sick Stony Tony. You want to go back and watch that I think would really work against the guy like Connor and you're going to need to because it's long nation slowing finishing with kicks either high or low. He's GonNA WANNA attack the body of early and he's GonNa WanNA attack attack the lexicon early but more than anything. I think the key has thrown is he has to come out already having a first round of fighting in the back so that when he shows up that octagon he's in his second round already because because honor McGregor on fire in the first round leaves. Nothing nothing almost in the tank in that first round and Sironi if you look a bit silly does like that in the first he takes a lot of damage and take getting punched a little bit before he goes up second third fourth fifth round and he really easily win last for around but that first round rarely if I've seen thrown come out awake and never have I seen them come out as a week I've connor does in the first round. So I think that the big adjust in this fight is GONNA BE SARONIC can come out in that first round as a wake and his warm and as punch ready at the second round when he's fights anybody else and if he can make that adjustment while the very good first round and if this out of the second round into three four and five hundred feet getting closer and closer edging towards ceremony with a with a good answer gives miss. Win I even told that to to connor honor as well and one of the things. That is why. I don't really like people thinking that I can't go five. I've done with nate I've shown that I can do this. And I said to them all all we have is history and what you've shown us through. Have it and I asked her. I said habitually. What if what if we see and well in the late around? That's the only time we've ever seen fade. So that's all we have to work with and That's how I'm seeing. This fight laid around to throw money at first round. CARONI doesn't come out as awake as he does in his fights and the second round and I think it's GonNa be a hard a hard ground windfarms fascinating stuff can ask you when you say like to to the Layman Fan. When they hear you you say he he has to start the fight? Almost like it's a second round. What would you do in the back? Would you do a full five round fight. You go as hard as possible to to sweat into like just try had to mimic what a first round might look like so that you are not as cold in that first round. Is that what you would suggest. Well I have no suggestions because thrown. He's got a a million fights. I mean what are you gonNA suggest to guy like that realistically. I have no suggestions. All I have is what I do myself and I do a long warmups and and you know ever since I was young. My wrestling coach always told me that always stuck with me. I would go to step on the Mat and if I didn't have a full blooded sweat going before I stepped on that wrestling Matt I wasn't I wasn't even allowed to go onto the mat. He's like no. You're not warm. You're not going so he's gotta be warned. He's gotta be woke up. I don't know what that takes take take from his camp but if you just watch any of his fight after the first round when he comes out in the second round he looks different he look awake. It looks like a different fighter. Punches faster is reacting to different defenses. Improved everything is better in the second round with Ronin so my only only thing is if your him your his camp how do you create that second round fighter in round one that that's all I can ask the question of being I think for everybody. Do you think conor made a mistake by taking his fight. A one seventy no. I talked to Connor. And he's very confident. And you know something I heard you say it was the size of his hand next to my head. It's actually a valid point when you look at the size of his hands when you look at his feet and the size of joint. He's got the frame that can support report the way it's not like he's fat out of shape but once seventy he's just eating and not cutting way and for a guy like connor after talking to him. He prefers that feeling sick. The guy like me who grew up wrestling since I was you know eleven years old. I've been cutting weight my whole life so do not come a little bit away almost feel eerie to me. It almost doesn't feel normal for him. No that's not the case for him. It's harder to cut the way. It feels Erie to be drained and stuck down so I think mentally this is a good move for him and he's he's facing a ceremony where like I said in the first round when connor shows that the best thrown he doesn't generally he. I think If we're looking at habits and what I've seen in and film. Connor has the speed advantage. Sironi probably has you know the range advantage that how far out we can keep the fight. He has the advantage. I believe with his legs but realistically I think conor has the boxing advantage in the speed advantage in the powers. Pretty even on both sides I think ceremony has more powered his legs. Connor has more power in his hands. And this is a very very good matchup to make one hundred seventy pounds and in both these guys are just savages in the sports so nobody loses his fight fan. You've been around this game for a very long time this fight game and and I'm wondering I know you said that you haven't had a chance in the past talk to counter but when you did talk to him last weekend did you get the sense. People are saying that he is just happy. Calm relaxed it seems like he's in a really great place mentally. Did you walk away from that conversation. Saying this guy is like putting on a front or this guy's truly in a really good place and is peaking at the right time. I'm going into this big fight. My experience of Conor McGregor in that moment if somebody at peace who's really looked at all angles and is really learning to deal with the spotlight in a more mature. Way I think everything that happened to him has been a learning experience from them when I sat down and talked to him and he's really understanding standing. What created the mistakes and where he was at when he was creating beautiful thing and The fact that he can recognize intake responsible for where he was at when things weren't working and the fact that he can recognize and be responsible for where he's at when things do work. I think that's a good sign for everybody. What he's WHO's watching this fighting everybody who is a bigger fight and that his mind is at least coming at it? He's in his life outside of the gym from what I saw and that was you you know that was. I think the question is we always know. He's shows up to fight. But how is he able to contain his mind. His heart his his life is spirit when he's outside of the octagon that's most of US fighters riders. How did how can we contain life without fight And it to me. He looked like he was in a much more peaceful place dealing with what he needed to outside of lights. Make fighting eight more appealing and more effortless for him. How much stock should we put into effect on a two fight losing streak and not just a two fight? Losing streak been stopped twice in in his last two fights like I said earlier it usually connor fight someone there on a long winning streak. Confidence is high. Here's a guy who's coming off. Two straight losses in the span of six months is. Is that a tough spot for Sony debuted. Because don't you wanna be feeling good about yourself going to fight of this magnitude. Yeah I mean honestly with as many fights thrown tat how many times he lost and then come back and gone three four five winning streak. You can't even really like attach that to a guy like ceremony my opinion because what he's got is so bad already. It's fought so many times you've got so much experience I think really what you got to look at. If I'm looking at cerrone e over the years and how he shows up and fights I think it comes down to his activity activity level. How active has he been? And how much rent has he given his body leading up to this fight because his last fight that I saw him lose. I don't believe that was the Sironi. That is the Rony I believe. That's the ceremony that got himself to four or five thousand a year and keeps grinding grinding grinding grinding and just take whatever gets thrown at him because he enjoys it but I think that a more clean cut strong savvy. Cowboy comes out if he'd lessons from four or five year. Two maybe three at least three. I mean that's a lot still so two to three. You know if you're fighting five around if a lot how to fight and he's got to get ready for a hard long fight in camp if you've got a five round title fight so it just depends on how well he took care of his body lead into this I think. How much did he give himself? So did he rest at all. Nobody ever knows that was her oni. 'cause it doesn't look like you ever really read if he's not training he's building something if he's not building something he's like walking taking a pit bull down the street or something you never know what what he's doing and if he's actually arresting so it really just comes down to rest I believe so for Surani final thing. Are you you calling this fight on Saturday. No I got that question a lot You know I kind of pulled away from some of the calls recently because I'm getting my body in in really strong shape and you know all that travel makes it all Davis he's office Sounds Great. It's probably call Mr Wonderful. No but I've been building my body stronger to get back in there and compete myself so difficult to is going back and forth area like all right how much TV. How much work can I do? Like a General Israel working class citizen in this regular life of ESPN and color commentary and podcast and all that and how much. How much do I need to set that aside in move into focusing on getting my body strong training competing to today's Rehab when you're traveling going cross country every single weekend you and me both can attest that's very difficult to stay in routine treating your body nicely so I've been focused and staying in? I will be calling John Jones versus Dominic Grant. So if you WANNA hear detailed call make sure you tune into that one okay. So then can I get your pick real quick at the end here. If you're not calling it give us a prediction who wins. Wow Hey you go. That was a nice one Mary. I'll give you that You know if I had a breakdown that fight I like Rony but what you just said about him. Being active in the past six months two times. That's the only thing I don't like I think that that's a little busy for for him. And I think I think conners able to get it done within within three all right. What a pleasure? Thank you dominic. I really appreciate great to hear that you're doing better. Sorry about the stuff at the beginning. Appreciate your patience and we look forward forward to talking to you again. Thanks as always all right. There is the one and only dominick Cruz. Such great insight. It's such a pleasure to hear him each and every time breaking these these fights and checkout unlocking victory later this week you can see it on a multitude of platforms him Gilbert Melendez. He did a fantastic job of breaking things down from a technical standpoint. Now let's transition to our next guess Eddie Alvarez standing by. Let's not wait make him wait any longer there. He is the birthday boy himself. Eddie Alvarez Edward how're you don't hear here Eddie and did you hear me. I can hear you all right. Cool happy birthday my man. What did you do yesterday? Nothing we we. Don't we have a dry January me and my wife never drank on January or burke's or kind of Just out get a good dinner getting good meal and hang out with the kid. Wow okay well. Why don't you do that only February or something? What you have to do it on your birthday month now yes start year off right all right fair enough? Speaking of which. How are you feeling? We talked to the beginning of the show about the injury that forced out of the one championship tournament. How's the ankle? How's the leg? How's the health? I'm back through one hundred percent. We are wearing one championship about maybe about a month ago month or so ago. So I'm just waiting on the batch. Maters Gimme my next opponent. Giving my my date. So we're ready. Wordy barring one hundred percent and when you say okay. You're ready to go. Do you think I know. They just announced in April Dj is going to fight the lightweight. Champion adrenaline is possible on that card possible beforehand. What are you targeting? I just seen this morning about l.. Dj Fight and so on. I'm hoping April. I'm hoping in April as well so I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we're we're going to be ready regardless I'm going to be ready to fight three fights this year The idea of getting healthy again with the able to be busy or twenty. I want going busy title. Fight on my mind on it. Percents there to take Jacob Final this year so when twenty we we should go undefeated. I WanNa get the world vital. Okay I like it Obviously one of the reasons I want to have you on this particular week as well as because you're one of only three fighters lighters to a fought both Donald cerrone Kinda McGregor. The other two Dennis seaver and nate says when you first heard about this matchup what did you think what were the thoughts that went through your mind when you thought about you. No these guys very well. My my first thought was This by Probably should happen a little while ago. These guys were going at each other a while back though But what a match up. I mean both fighters And both guys can win. Both both guys has what at eight to beat the other to show off that night. I'm excited about it as a fan thin had on it back maybe Fleiss and ask ask for your picking a second. But I'm just curious as someone who fought them both at one fifty five and as a veteran student of the game. What do you think of it? Being at one seventy does that change the will you think about the fight. There's what changed the way I think about the fight. The fact that this fight is happening at welterweight as opposed to lightweight. No it doesn't is it because both are lightweight. Great and they're just choosing not to cut the fifty pounds order so I don't look at it like this is a welterweight fight. This is a lightweight. Eight by and both guys agreed not to cut the fifteen pounds of water from Tuesday to Friday that we all normally hut so to me. Hey this is a real welterweight. Fine okay dare. I say taking a page at the one championship playbook right yeah. It's hydrated lightweight. Fight we get to see both fighters The best of both fighters the fans the fans wins the fighters win and promoters went. So we want anybody different Gal overweight and one of the Story lines that have been discussed going into this. Fight is the magnitude of a connor. Our fight and historically Surani himself has openly and I really respect him for doing. This has talked about you know sometimes mentally. He hasn't been one hundred percent there. He gets very nervous before his fights. He's even his coaches have told me that before the Leeann Edwards fight. He tried to get out of the fight. He was getting nervous before it. And sometimes he has. You could say crumbled under the pressure. He hasn't won the WC title even though he fought for it a couple times never won the title. You've been in there against Connor. You know what that moment is like. Do you think this will be too big for someone like that. Who has has those tendencies? Who has those traits will that be a factor? I don't I don't think I don't think it's going to be an issue of Surani. Buckle under pressure audience. I don't think southwest you're only has any issue with an audience and or just showing off anywhere in fighting. He's already proven that I I started looking at this fight about two weeks ago. Who I would think would win this fight? And why so life for cowboy for me and When I looked at Dominick Cruz was like I thought that what I had to say? They had some value. Why it all as from a fighter standpoint but dominance though the words right out of my house my bell now despite for Rony is won or lost in the locker room before he comes out He needs to be hot. It needs to they do a full barring A full sparring round before. He's come out as a second round because the second round and third round cowboys caroni that we all know who is keeping distance letting US pick those needs go and combinations is on. That's the unstoppable now with Ronnie that people log and and the one that went by. I'm that's the guy. EAT The show up immediately the night his point it's fascinating to hear both of you mirror the same thoughts as one another and so let me ask you the same. Follow up that I asked him. How would you do that in the back because the back is kind of like? How do you actually do a full round? Would you just say go. Full as far as hitting mitts. Would you like mimicking entire row. What would you do back there? I would I bring my bring my head gear Out these binding guards and everything I bring my best barn partner And then and then you would you around. I mean it's go time. There's no turning back then so you do your full round and you come out in state not have to Like now boy almost his first round of every fight is sparring and he don't start fighting and stop barring though the second and third. He can't afford to do that with someone who comes out so hot like on on I would guess there. I remember there was a belief it was where I grab one of the fittest brothers. Sergio and me and him fought each other almost belong long. What is I felt like? I needed that From me out of felt like I needed off and When you watch even honor? I shared a locker room with him in the back back before he he was sparring beating the shit out autumn for life. ardal out. I was I was almost like I kinda get why someone comes out hot when they spun the back like that they don't need to get into state because they're already in state when you did that with Sergio did it help. Did you feel like it helped you in the fight. which was that you remember and might have been might have been against ag it was a real fast starter? It was there. I think it was a get H.. H He may be in Detroit when I grabbed him. I said Hey man. Can we get some rounds at both of our coaches kind of decorated us. Physicians getting again. Then why light Longtime Philip. You need that especially against a starter and someone connor who he has the best. I eight minutes of any fighter out there So you're going to need to be on your kids like for Cowboy. I would say coming out hot number one I would say attack the lead leg very hard and fast the the body and stay in picking rain. Don't let him get in boxing. Ring for the first at least the first around St Discipline Flint stain kicking range. Let the door to his body and let the the lake go and whenever he can like he did on that Brazilian cowboy fight. Feel a take down here and there but we have some underrated like wrestling and you get through that. Don't get to show everyone all the time but these dangerous. They're amazing insight. Can I get your prediction. What's the official pick? So I have a horse race I I love the old school guys who started when I did my positive Alvin lawler Anita cowboys so my heart goes out to them. I respect both to these guys but in this particular point I'm picking Bonner and it's not because I think he's the better fighter. I actually think Aronie has more wedding and has more ways to win when I'm picking tonner because of where I think you're GonNa take place I think I think it's it's GonNa take place standing up that just won't this won't be resolved on the ground and even more importantly it's going to be taking place in boxing rate honors. It's GONNA force and pressure Surani. And he's GONNA draw bad punches out of he's GONNA be able to bid on so I think it it takes place standing up. Take replace in Boston rains. And kind of wins because of his feet advantage reach advantage and that south hold Iran caroni has been victims a lot of south Wales. RDA headed He's been a victim of a lot of south poles and I think founders owners of bad recipe for him and and if the fight days were at the. It's going to when I envision the fight. I think it's GonNa be standing up an inbox range. I see Connor winning but but that being said if all of us has fans watching get the third fourth and Fifth Brown. This is all going to get really fun. It would be able to seek cowboy Surani Echo. They'll I'm looking forward to a good fight just like all you guys are can wait. Great Stuff Eddie. Thank you so much I really appreciate the insight and happy birthday happy to hear. You're doing well looking forward to the return in in a big year for you in two thousand twenty. Thanks my man thank you all right. There he is the one and only the underground king himself at Alvarez. All right now. Let's go to a guy who's actually fighting on Saturday. UFC see to forty-six huge fight for him. Going back down to one fifty. Five is Anthony. Pettus he meets these streaking Diego for his last five in a row. Let's talk to showtime now via the magic of love skype. Anthony how are you. He can hear me but I can hear him. I hear I hear him. I see his lips like shelves reading my lips saying that he can hear me. All right. We're going to connect with Anthony Hero. I heard him anthony. I hear you you hear him. Yup All right cool man. Thank you for doing this and thanks for doing it via skype. I was expecting so. It's nice to see you by the way he was just telling a story. I don't know if you heard it do. Remember that with your brother going going at it with him. I'm in the locker room to prepare for one of his fights sparring you there for that. I'd rather know. He said that he asked your brother to help him prepare for one of his fights and they we did like a full on sparring session in the locker room before one of his fights and it got really tense and everyone had to break them up. Not Not an animosity thing but I was just surprised at Eddie. And you're way classes as you remember. That and I wasn't part of that. Okay that's crazy anyhow. Good to talk to you good to have you back on the show. Big fight for you this Saturday. First off why go back down to one fifty five to one seventy last year ultimately. Why did you make this call? It was always that opposite of fifty. Five I I did myself take a year off cut weight and and help man like right. Now I'm feeling great on weight. Cut My body's not hurting and rests on fourteen months on since I went down the halls and like on this Monday how are you how are you feeling. And how much do you weigh. How much more do you have a great man? I have about eight pounds waking up until gallons. He owns watering track. Okay and then obviously this opponent dig overhead and not a household name but a guy who's really good and like I said he's on the longest winning an extreme of anyone as far as UFC fighter concern as far as anyone on the card is concerned five fights in a row. He's one when you were told that this was the opponent did you. Did you know of him. Have you seen any of his fights. Yeah actually fought teammate. On Jared Gordon so I didn't know he was And he's scrapped. Roads could fight. Okay impressed. Press with him. I am five injury. I mean he has a two thousand four hundred one like me so I'm excited about in their skills on and when you look back at the last time we saw you that was a big spot against. At as a lot of hype surrounding that fight. How do you feel about the fight? Now what are we five or so months later in your feelings about it about how it all went down. How do you feel man crazy? Young training camp for that flight was perfect. I know claims he didn't get into California. I was like wait that Wednesday like the Tuesday before I was leaving perfect training camp on and then we go to the fight. A Walk Behind the scenes of Yuzawa comes off like. Hey we need this. This warrior drug test Monday the first drug test and was to believe you re hydrate so they had into a second drug test but I had to wait until the end so as by our house fight and I had I had to go again and his inclosing. I did a pistachio on those of the second battle. First bottle those I Bala kristaps person clap acquitted inside of a plastic lasted bag. And I see blood there wasn't as bag and I look at my hand and gashed my foam on you saw mcgirt set. What's on Yeah I call you? Can you not telling you thought it was going on. You'll see dot com zanies. Like argh need stitches can do two things we can s- tissue and then you're probably bleed in the fight or we can glue you shut. What would our whole fight? But then you won't believe in the final shot so I'm like damn. I had to make decision when our reform fight like. Do I WANNA get stitched up Lewd up data comes back my coaches like now. We're not fighting Eddie. Do do did women fight. I have perfect training camp. I felt amazing in my head. I'm like man like the cut my thumb like they're not gonNA stop. Looks like report the blood on my phone and then I know my process might my thought out without comes in as little team so Lucia a hit with a a lighten it a flashlight and maybe like hardy flew the burn like crazy though agoos shut their houses paid my hands up to the fight. So I paint Lucia on my talk with my fiance to who doesn't want me to play It's not up to be at that point like So I'm like. Let's take my Angeles c-i-s warm-ups I'd say my hand house. My hands by Hamlin spreading my fingers like this wedding rose in though seed right wants they make it sound leading my hands up to for the flight. I couldn't warm up thereby crunch. The the rule of Radovan congrats Wilkins Ozzy. I got. I'm so happy. Don't warm up and you'd be deceived in. The fight. Goes a perfect training camp. I felt so. Then you're in bed. Ed Rolling I was in my head on us the wrong energy knock them. I remember thinking like Oh. I'm going to believe easier to hit with that right hand right Hook I saw what is it is rolled back. I think that will mean me attack. That nitrile knocked out in the nineties along. I didn't I don't watch that fight. I'll though apple too aggressive so much adrenaline so it was crazy every chain. Count the one hour before the dashing. Miami's evidence and in our fight no compromise so it was trading like even coming from the one. I had so much confidence going on that year's Camp I felt I felt perfect. Don't I don't know like I was ready to fight and you know shit happens. Wow that is an insane story. You've talked about this before right and talk about it because I know I gave you a chance to fight And right now we're going through some Gort on your suing. You saw for this For sure I mean the test the rules are the person administering the drug. That's that Dutch. That bottle glass glass bottle that and put it in. Yeah so I had to touch about. I had a close. I gave up his desk before. This is my second of the night and I know holding the last cop or something like a jagged Ed Join Dash Mohammed and my head to get up and former claim. That's absurd and your right hand. You said right hand yeah right here you you see it like in the fight but I had a house painted up you see this or not Yup Yup House tape it up and you see it in the fight eight. He wraps it around here. I'm like a CB grab with like the the UFC tape around it. But I can't fight with that so they were like once you out there. We'd have to cut that piece off in Europe and fighting excludes cut would just lunar and I'm just just like man I'm the man I'm not bitch I can't say despite wire before the world's leading me to walk out Elena and that no the the cars were dealt not favor. Her was it hurting. Like was a throbbing now. It hurt when I got goose shut. It was a cut and I need digits so they use. It's like now Polish blue. And then they hit with this light and it hardens it up and that shit hurts so bad at Berlin crazy but then like after the shot obviously just doesn't cut my. Oh my gosh that is absurd when you said your weight you were waiting for them to make a right but now you're gonNA actually go with. What do you mean by that? What do you mean by making? I was waiting waiting for respond a lawyer in a way that we eat I immediately went and and talk to you. I think they were talking back and forth and I'm not sure exactly where that's at. I wants to fight came about. I just not worried about that and I'll have my my my legal team take care of that but Yeah so you know they responded or something and I think that's fair out right now. Where are we have to push for and safe to say like in the fight? You're thinking about it a lot like it messed you up now. I mean I wouldn't say that man like I say like I warm up for the fight so our shots instead of actually going in there using my game plan against it. Let's reverence for the rest of my career tells tells me not to fight. I'm not fighting. Wow so in the back duke. Your head coach longtime head coach. You know a guy who knows you almost as well if not better than anyone in this game told you to step away told you not to not to walk out. Duke was begging me not while I'm in the back arena. I hear the crowd. I hear the fans tough guy is. I didn't want to lose that opportunity denounce dolls. What was going on the history? And how big an alias man. So it wasn't perfect those great opportunity Again my head. I just thought no I don't think build style of fight. Were kind of hand so was dudas. Wow and as far as the actual lawsuit is concerned. Where are you in that process? I honestly like I stopped calling my lawyers about two weeks ago to make to the he can see update update. So I mean I I find. I know it's it's moving forward and in the fight itself used severely injured your foot correct. Did you actually actually break it. Yeah wrote the top of my foot. I Will Point Kiki Chat. I thought it was hike ignored when I got done. The five check locate him a big left hook and then a right locate but again. I didn't set it up bombs like I was planning an amateur out there brown and it just pisses me off the sea. So Oh I'm excited to go this week in the race. That did you have surgery on the foot now. I need surgery Liz Frank or something like the top. The foot is located with thank God. It wasn't July early in the second round. Okay around around great in the beginning of the second round less with right low kick and he checked. Are you even able to go back and watch that fight or Zimbabwe too much because you have been. Yeah I watched it. I looked like an amateur you. You know what I'm saying. That's not my. That's not how I fight. I would never have fought Navias La. I knew that's the wrong way to fight. A Guy with a chin. Like estee is what I mean. How's going on you? You've obviously had a lot of highs and you had the lows and we've talked about the roller coaster career but do you think this one because of something as crazy as like closing a bottle cap. Do you think this one will stick like with you for a long time. I don't want this to happen in either fire. Something needs a change in the rules back there like you should be doing this after we perform because I doubt avenue did my fight light and then do my dirt as an hour. Never had to do it on my or my fight. So Crazy yeah that's a good point like what's the difference if it happens ten seconds after after the right after the fight walked me out then this or stay with me until I've done now before he's in the League for you in Rome and you've got to warm up so you feel pressure can kinda hurry up and get the Pistons down so I did it and it was a lot of. It was too watery because I was too hydrated and then I had to wait till at a p again and I couldn't get until hour before and fight so oh wow well. I'm sorry you went through that. So now you get a chance to come back get back on track. Would it be fair to say you're done on one seventy or do you think you're going to no no definitely not. I feel like a no for me. I can bounce between the two guys at one. Seventy fighters dies at five. They WANNA fight and this year on this. A motive really fell in love with the process of training. Again this camp. I did my own my own Trish I did. I did Tristesse. I made all my own the bills. I've never done that before. I got myself down on where I'm at right now. I love process and I'm excited about by the way. How do you feel and congratulations to your brother? But how do you feel about him now leaving the UFC going Delatour Omega was a business decision. you know we are professional fires. We are price-fighters doesn't matter honestly what what what he's under. I mean my brothers my like you know everybody knows and I took him under my my pops died now. Sixteen years old. He was ten and know that for for me to the scene where he's at right now makes Brown man. He's making good money doing a squirt that we do as a family. And he's about to go into pedestal. Bella Tiller so I'll be there. Yeah the following week from your so big couple of weeks for your family and you don't have to fight on the same card anymore which is probably a good thing for you guys by the way just wanted to ask you this because because you were there and I haven't talked to you about it. I believe you were there when fellow manage early abilities appear to have struck your manager Abraham Cowley. What's your side of the story? What did you see their PF L. early one against that as that's just something like these guys are too old and where I mean not talk? Simple they're in a position where they're supposed to be professional. We're the fighters there the managers. So I mean I mean. Abe Abe handled itself correctly alley at. I don't know what happened personal so things are or is this thing but that's just not I don't I don't agree with that. I agree with that network. Okay Fair enough and being on the same card as connor because I know there was talks of you fighting and connor over the summer. What's that like for you? Maybe even if he didn't break his hand he would have fought you in July right. Madison Square Garden. Is it. Weird for you. Is it mixed emotions. Since being on the same part but not fighting him now man honestly I love I love Irish fans burly they come into any debt so they like me so I'm performing in front of these Irish fans in the crowd he brings and he couldn't have picked a better guy cowboys on a guy that's neuro forever. He deserves his shot. Shot and respect. And I'm GonNa tell you for both guys I think can be yours is well. I'm looking forward to that one. That's a big big fight for j goes well thank you so much for the time I am am really sorry you went through that I had no idea and I hope it all works out in your favor and I hope Saturday night does as well for your sake. Good luck out there. They all right there is is Anthony Pettis sharing an absolute crazy story about If in case you missed it an hour before. His fight against Nate D.. As in the locker room cuts his hand. And you see. I tried to ask them questions about. Did it affect you there. This is not a guy who's offering excuses. He could have probably told us the story back in September October. The fight happened in August here. We are January to cut your hand like that mess. You up your right hand. That's crazy stuff. What kind of cup is us? You know like those key cups you get in the doctor's office right you close it up. I mean how could there be a thing to cut open a hand. That is wild. That is absolutely crazy. So we'll see how that had no idea about that but I'm looking forward to his return. That's on the main card. We ran through the main card very quickly. There Holly L. E. Home Raquel Pennington on on the card as well Carlos Diego for head as I said on the five winning streak on the main card against Anthony Pettus Alexi Olympic against Maurice Green on the main card as well so big fight macy Barbara Against Roxanne modify looking forward to Seduce Joseph A lot of names but also some younger talent that are getting an opportunity to shine on this card like Barbara like yourself so a big spot. Obviously when you fight on a conor McGregor card all right thank you very much to Anthony Pettus for that later in the program. Of course we're GONNA talk to John Cavanaugh on Owen. Roddy and Roxanne Modify Jerry about Saturday night as well but now let us go to interview with Conor McGregor. This happened on Friday in Las Vegas and I know a lot of you are looking forward to it. I had an opportunity to talk to him in August after the The video of the incident in the In the bar and the pub in Dublin was released by. TMZ Him punching the man. We spoke poked him after that. That was a heavily scrutinized interview as far as the meaner and the actions and his future were concerned so I was really looking forward to seeing how he was five months later and of course like I said at the top a lot of people were talking about you know the best camp the best mindset the best health the best training all that that stuff is that really true or is that just the classic Cliche prefight talk so I had an opportunity to sit down in front of him. Talk them for about forty seven or so minutes and we touched on a lot of things and I think a lot of you will find it very interesting and so here without further ado is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor who returns to action this Saturday at UFC. Two Forty six in Las Vegas against Donald Surani. We did this on Friday. The UFC performance institute take a look Connor. It's great to see you again. Good to see how are you good. Yeah it's been a while since I've seen you in person so it's nice to be back here. It's a little bit style. Jake seen the team and whatnot and it's interesting because I've been talking to a lot of members of your team and I keep hearing the same thing we haven't seen him this happy and so long. It's a different connor. He's engaged. She's so motivated. Do agree with all these statements and if so why is that. I'm feeling really good of enjoy my trainer. I took him. I just took my. I listened to myself what I needed to to deal in in in in my in my train and set up and outside of the gym and I- execute them I followed followed. What I what I said to myself that I needed needed to deal? When it's it's it's giving me energy it's given me focus on? I'm happy now young. I'm enjoying my China. So why are you happy now. I mean I'm just focused. I'm just committed. You know when you say to yourself right you know what you've gotta deal we all know what we've gotta deal we say gotTa do. I should do it this way. Honestly do this and if you don't do that and then you carry beyond you. Feel doubt is removed by action. So if you're not working and that's where the Dow I knew things I sh- I should have been doing things I shouldn't shouldn't have been done and still did them and didn't do get me now. I'm I'm listening to myself and I followed my my internal instruction and it's just giving me more passionate focus more driving. I'm doing what I feel I need to do on. Its feels good. So that's what got you back on track like. Is there the moment in your life back on track to call when you when you started to tell yourself. I need to go back to how I once was. I thought about a specific moment. It's life life is a crazy roller coaster especially this life and also we've talked we've bounds. I find my best when I set out when I say okay and when I when I must do something I must do it and I do it I execute it and that's what I'm doing right. Now that's what I have done. The China has been phenomenal. My coaches my team. Everyone's been in in sync together and we've had a great camp or very very happy here and you've got to be back in Australia. Haven't been very well very excited Eh. Happy somewhat of a Cliche in the fight game best camp of my life. I've never felt better all this stuff and I think in your particular case because there's so much scrutiny on everything that you do mhm people roll their eyes when they say best. Can't we've heard this before. And why should they believe you. Do you want them to believe here. You know I can't I can't focus too much on the external. Okay it's great. It's all positive overweight. Now everything's going great and everyone's saying it's not but I just most focused on my internal. My internal is amazing. My taught strong. My belief is is hi like my confidence is high. And that's it I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to who I was even better than I was. You know. Everyone says we miss the old the old Colorado Two Thousand Sixteen Kinda do whatever it was but I feel better than that now. Fill 'em mature. I've come full circle of have have experienced everything in this business right. I mean just an explains individual. I know what I need to do what I'm doing and I have a solid team of masters stirs tacticians behind me. That are that I discussed my feelings and my talks with them. We brainstorm and communication as an auditing. Hey I wasn't communicating with my team on my people and I was almost assuming that it should be understood now. I just think like every this conversation's nations constant conversations about techniques skills practices and we're all just rising at feeling the energy and it's a beautiful time. was there ever a point where you thought you wouldn't be back to this spot. Maybe not even fight again was ever doubt in your mind. No no I was there. My training was flawless. I like I said when we had that discussion of World Back Right I. I was in phenomenal condition. I had a few little slabs and caused me. I ended up on sale at you know what I mean. It just slipped off slipped slipped away from me but I was in a phenomenal place then also so am I knew I knew I back. I knew I knew it. Sometimes you need sometimes things need to happen to to get things right right. So that's what happened to me and here. I am always spoken in August. It was a bit of a a different connor. You're very contrite. You're apologetic you. You've never been known to be an apologetic guys as a party. Hit in apologize. Absolutely no absolutely everybody and it was different than what to make of it right and they weren't sure if you're being sincere. You're not why we never seen connor. Look as real as against like the slogan of the you get what you see with me. I mean the wrong the wrong and I'm really that's too I am so that wasn't that long ago. That was just five months. Your demeanor is different. You seem different using happier. Of course you're about to fight. What's the difference? Thirteen this guy and that guy in August where were you nervous about your career you know let let people down. And that's it. I'm in a position where I I must take take control of things and and not shy away from things. And that's that's I've never done that my career and I never will do it. I'm back here now. How many how? Many months five months ago. That was solid five months work so very very happy with one thing that I remember you saying in that interview interview was you felt like it was a knife in the heart when you when you started to hear the Irish fans in particular whose faith in you lose lose that trust because they they propped you up right you meant so much much to them. The support of the people means a lot of me. You know I do this to entertain the people you know this. This is for my for my fans and my people who believe in me not not not so much. It's just my my lack of commitment. I think the people who believe in me and support me deserve better and I wished to give them that night and I will I am. I don't like you said people can see that and I'm putting in the work and I'm I'm Putin the focus woken. That's why we're all we're all in good spirits. Did you feel like they are back on your bandwagon or do you think you have something I generally pay you know. That's if even thought of that then. They're not really with manny rates of look. I've got my team people. I know who's with me and I knows not and that's you know I'll say a prayer for those who who of course me try and bring come to me and and move on and stay focused on the positive aspects of my life and there are many many great things in my life and that's it and you know. Ignorance is bliss they say rights. That's that's that's helped me a lot and I'm like I've got blinkers on right. I'm just focused. Nothing can infiltrate my internal herald thoughts. You know no external. It's like a lot of the narratives aerial that people say and it's a crazy game used. I used to irritate me. The way the way certain ways narratives spread and twisted and these things and I just I had to disengage from an eight. When I came into the game it would happen? And kinda laugh it off and play and play up to it and do my thing and then I just kept on and on and on and that just get a little a little a little more than our area reactive I reacted to disrespect no more. I'm just focused on myself. My inner thoughts my my teams thoughts awesome. And that's where we're at the legendary boxer Marvelous Marvin Hagler He wants said many moons ago that it's it's hard to wake wake up at five. Am to go run outside when you're waking up insult pajamas. You've experienced that now right. I'm kind of in a tracks. McGregor line I am a real thing. It's hard to it's not I don't he gets from me. It's not about when I'm in a position where it it's not. It's forever honing long Tom. This is not for money from me. And so knowing that the money will stop my hunger furnace on my hunger to to compete and entertain and just live my life the way I wanna live in the way. I enjoyed the Lynn. And it's certainly. It's too much money and without an awareness of in the the past can be dangerous. You know we can. There's no limits there's no boundaries. You can do anything he can go anywhere you can put him. I know what I WanNa do and what I enjoy the on. This is what I enjoy. We downtown GonNa keep the on that now. I'm doing it full steam ahead and I'm in the best shape of my life mental and physical. But it's like you're throwing a basketball into a hoop right. You're getting punched in the face as you get punched in the face leading up to the fight in the gym and the face already on. I mean let's me on that but I'm just saying where do you find that motivation. You have forever money. Why do you keep doing this? Because it's far too low of aerial. I absolutely love the game. He spoke. They love this business. It's a world game. I'm involved in so many businesses right driving businesses with. There's no business like the business right. was there any possibility in the making of this fake. Remember time you wanted to fight in December and it didn't work out and it was the Edgar Tong's but then of course we settled on this when the momentum donald in a second but was there ever any issues because of what happened last year with all the stuff making this fight of getting a gun of being able to come to America to make this happen. The roadblocks what companies the ultimate fighting championship bright such and such an amazing company. That's held me and the people in the background and we've we've always on great business on. Its people know my character. You know people that know my character so everything went smooth. The people helped me in the background. They understand that and they helped me. And I'm very thankful for that. So and there was no problem making everything went smooth. I know you were in court in November. You paid the fine guilty for the incident with the bar. We spoke about what happened in Miami. Is there anything else. That's pending in your life now or we have a clean slate in twenty twenty clean slate sweat. I remember you telling me not that long ago you felt like your your your character was being assassinated constantly in the press. You feel like that is still the case you we have what I just said blink or is all that good look at i. I will say a prayer for that. You know what I mean I just it is what it is. It's part of the library. It's just like I said it just got on top of me and then as I reacted but no more now I am. I had I had to go to that point. I I wanted to react and then say I'm done with this. Look we're led me my. I'm looking at where it led me reacting to disrespect and these teams and I just I've learned valuable lessons in this that I'm very very thankful for. I will use them going forward. You Talk to anyone that helped you. You'll see this light to help you. I understand that you have to stop reacting to anyone in particular. I've got some great people in my life. I've got great great people in my life. My coaches my management and everyone like my family. Of course I've had some good conversations with people and the most important you've got to have those internal tape conversations because if you can tell yourself then no-one can tell you so. I'm grateful for paths that that I've been on truly it's phenomenal pat and I'm very very thankful I'm very very excited to be back. How would you describe twenty nine thousand nine for you learning year? A Year of figuring out myself my situation twenty twenty the year of perfect perfect vision right actually got better vision than twenty twenty. I was in the exam. That two thousand fifteen twenty the last the twenty ten but then the lady was like twenty today at this time and two thousand ten is like so I think good eyesight and now you have two children who children boy Connor Junior your daughter which is always a great influence on on on a young man right. How has that changed yet? My daughter Create Marie. Laura McGregor on my heart is with my kids. They are here with me now in Las Vegas. We Have Vegas residence scraper. Bike in the Vegas home with the family is here. Yeah my sister's here helping now absolutely amazing. I'm very very blessed. What a what? A time for the happened for me. You know what I mean. It was right right on the money from me. You know what I mean. I needed my kids to help me. They have helped me and I'm very very happy and very very proud. I remember there was a time when you were talking I remember leading up to the Aldo. Fight Oh he has a family. He's not one hundred percent focused walking around with the way and so did it turn out better than it was a positive. Of course now. I'm very very grateful very very blessed that I can bring my family with Marie. Jose was on his own over here when when we were dealing the tour and all of the all over the United States. It's very oliver who are actually on then Ireland Brazilian everywhere but he ended his family with me. I'm very grateful that I can bring the family with me and the kids and wow how life life is life is crazy right. If his life is beautiful would you want to bring your kids to the fight in. I Don uh now. My daughter's a little your Latino. My my family's coming out like they always come out and I think maybe more mates might stay in the Hilson. We'll see we'll see how it is. It's I'm at work. You know what I mean this work at the the end of the day. And it's a word game so I might bring junior. He's been at some intense sessions. He loves to fly. He lose finding themselves figuring out. I I don't think I won't. I won't bring my daughter my daughter when my when my mother and figure out maybe junior who you are and what you do or not quite yet saying he understands sounds fighting unit here. We are champ junior you. I look forward to the day when I show him tapes and show him footage and doesn't quite honestly all those are very intelligent young boyfriend. I two and a half two and a half years of age. He is very very proud of my family in a in a weird way it is almost possible to say that they help save your. I'm wondering right at the time that I needed. It needed it the most so I'm very very happy very very blessed. Obviously you know we've covered back in August. We covered a lot of this stuff. Happened over the past year for you but serious things have been written about you and I've been alleged towards you. Is there anything that you want to say about these allegations that have been written about you. That have been said about you. Look just no. I can't say anything about this just has to take place right. Does it bother you that these things are out there that people call you you. Yes but so why not on time. Patience patience is a skill we must master. Patience is one of the most valuable skills a human being must monster and I'm working hard to master it and I feel I'm getting there so time. Time will time time show all. That's it right now. I'm focused on on. The ballot focused positively thoughts. And I'll say a prayer for those who try of course me I try and bring home to me with with with these these type of teams and that's it and as a family man as a father. I mean even things like you know the story that came out. Someone says the father of the child comes up. You're not that bothered that that sticks to you the two and a half years that that situation was going on for so that was that was a tough one for a while but it is what it is they rico last question on this. Can you say as your manager said and your your your legal team said you deny any of these allegations that that I've been yes of course one hundred percent Adia come on you seriously time time please just fine. That's all time will reveal all time and then I just let's see. How did we end up with Donald? Toronto's your opponent you seem to have many options options. Why him well? I said DONALDA history along history. Well not a long history. But we've had the issues. It's an exciting bill. It's a fan friendly belt. Fight that excites me. And it's the fact that I said I partake and I appreciate it. I appreciate Donald. I have to say you know. He's fought a lot of times and since last time I saw him I saw him at that Aldo press conference many many years ago. He's gone on fought so many times he's also a family man who with his grandmother and these things I appreciate that and I respect that melts. Respect demanded edit the method he went about with the proper whiskey. And you know so much so much walk goes into these things and have a bit of respect appreciate that and I look. forty-seven good belt and I know you're not interested in that. That wasn't there on the runway for for me in this part of this time of my life. That is the right way to go about it. You know and especially now. I'm happy to come back and have my combat and the beginning of of my season against Donald and I look forward to. It's going to be good night. I'M GONNA shine here on January. The eighteenth I'm going to create magic inside the many times before but this is going to be something special so the opponent and the weight was your decision ultimately. You could have made this. This is one fifty five. I'm underweight right now so how much you weigh on this Friday. Before I'm underweight I'd say sixty one sixteen bit so why not make him. I know I could have. I just don't think he looks wail at fifty four right. He does not look well. It won't be seventy five so don't you want it to suffer on the way to want them. I don't know I could be. It would be anyway when he played you know what I mean. I beat him if I had the flu. I don't hear you know what I mean. I don't WANNA focus on my train and I keep shopping man. Bill includes you know. I'm happy when I and also one seventy is an excitement from seventy. I like what's going on in the division at the minute. You got away with that belt. You've got guys fighting for the belt and and I am. I like all what's going on on the I. Feel good on seventy energetic. It's what I way way. And and that's it so it opens up so how many more options right now. I'm not five now. I could make off of this this problem but I am. I just want go information as it is. Let the let the FI play as it is and then look up all my options. Historically the knock on Donald has been. He can't win. The big one never won the belt and WC everyone you've seen it when it seems like he has a big fight. When the spotlight is on him he falters? There's no bigger spotlight than a fight against you. So are you counting on. Cut You counting on him to not show up so to speak and all that all that mean means nothing. It's it's me. I'm going in their fresh shop. Fast night night dangerous powerful and full of energy and it can be if you WANNA put it on the first flight of the of the of the card in the forest pre lymphoid or something. I think that's that's GonNa make Donald Comfortable. Do and see what happens. It's still GonNa be you know what's going to happen. So let's see I know you're very in tune with what the fans saying. When this was first announced there was like he's ducking gay cheat the fight to make Donald? How can you? Donald is the fight to make. What's your response to the people who say that you were engaged and you pick these fights well first of all I put it into the? US's he's hands right it was like they wanted to make about. I wanted to make the battle juices too heavy to he was going on at certain things or said a lot of people saying things are phone these these he's narratives these these vicious narratives that are going around about me and I'm just I'm just putting on on the backbone of for a minute and we'll get to him. He's not a party is not the way our is. That's a handyman. That is a true handy fight from me so whatever he has made it very personal view right. Now you're not going to be able to make a personal with me sanding now. I've gone to the brink of personal attacks on bulletproof I am. You'RE NOT GONNA you're not going to do. That's that's not that's nothing but I'll fight. Fight him at some stage. I think fighting some stairs yet this year possibly this year. I'm going to be active. I'm going to be. This is a spark in me. I'm going to enhance their replacing here and Michelle fans and and get a beautiful win and we don't do the visions look at me. You know what I mean. A tree tree weight divisions in the on this so very very excited. I'm very happy as long media. pollens continue to take home and I'll continue to knock them down so you're viewing this season as you said hoping for three fights right plus no more possibly more. Yes you laid out perfectly for us. That's what we're all spectrum is hard hard to do right now is actively does activity. I don't even know in the next well if I could win here and put it on the way in which very well could happen. I probably in the next event. That's the type of like for me right after the fight is going to be the next. I'm not I'M NOT GONNA I'm not gonNA like Singing with this this this boys you know because you can get caught open it right you get to win. Great Dan and all this all this still. I'm I'M GONNA go out and look at an after party said I'm going to go out and have a few sips of my problem with. I've abstained from that promise to myself. I made a promise to my team. I made a promise to my fans that I would stay born represent fully focus stand from that and I miss it. I do love my liquid. I'll have a few little tips on my after party. I'll take the fallen day to rest. And and then the day after that I will engage in a red zone gratifies training session. Like Oh. Don't post the as after the DS to fight. I went and had my after party and took a day rest after the fight I went in I don residents on the skier scared of stationary machine. We pull the strings down because the leg was jammed from kicking the as me and his legs and so I couldn't I was I was on Chris and I got that walk in and just set my mind. I just sent my mind. Put me back on that train. It's so easy for you to finish a fight. Have a little celebration and then it straight into the next day and then you read a bit about field and then the next thing then is kind of hard to pull it up again so I have my plan that I'm going to set out and that's what it is. I'M GONNA I have my little celebration. Rest the next day and then back into training and then and then what's next. Wow Okay so this is I mean we. We haven't seen you active like this in a very long time so if I asked you to even have the opponents in mind does not matter to so many Joosten the whole hazed Air Macau models. There you'll have a preference. I don't WanNa end with suburban Moscow. Because that's what I'd love that one. That's got the happen to happen happen. It must happen so I wasn't able to Moscow. Yeah it wasn't it like amazing Moscow's a great place. Rouge is a great place. I've got to say I'm very impressed with him. He didn't feel safe at any point. And all Russian people see the fans could people. I you sort of I could. I caught it as well. I love it I love I love the game and look for that track. Competition fully focused. You can see it. Come on you can see shape incident different. Everyone knows everyone knows them no matter what they can but he cannot hide from it so in the build up to that fight a lot with said. It's a very personal between you and a lot was said that it wasn't just sad. Those actions that led to what was it wasn't just didn't just get towards it was it was action that lead it. I was bored so like what I I just think that throughout the course of the bill with the situation you know. He's a move maybe slip under the radar. It was me kind of began all this and whatever whatever did get it get very very personal. But I'm I'm taking a back step from that and focus on the skills. It's a very skillful belt and he he poses Specific specific style set and I- poses specific starts at and it's an interesting clash with with to fully focused fires. And that's what will happen then the next belt and I look forward to and settling it but I'm just curious because it got some personal things about his family and he was talking about things that were being alleged about that you. Do you regret any of that. Do wish in hindsight it didn't get that personal about his family. The religion all the dad s some things. Maybe maybe too far would. Hey it's it is but it isn't. It's the fight business. At the end of the day went away it went. Let's see what will happen again when you hear him. Say He's gotTa Win Ten fights and and all this stuff. Well what is your reaction to that fear. Fear you know doesn't want it so this is what it is. You mentioned something very quickly that I just want to ask about because I think a lot of people would be surprised. You said no liquid in this camp under. When's the last time you had drink Coppola Kookaburras gotree rowlands almost here? Is that a first for you or at least I in a while. I was drinking week last when you might think it was on the phone. Brian Show labral amine part. The subplot drinking in the build-up yeah was that common for you. And you're not not not not to that extent. No not that ED extent. Vaneman me something. I had people holed up in a in a hotel from that part of the world and and I would I would ring and arrange a fight so they come from the hotel down the gym and have a full block full flight. No head guard close. Make a fight. I'd win whatever war and win today. Oh Man I go off and celebrate and then I'd come back three days. This is for you doing you know just donald not not doing what I should have been there celebrating partying just just not living a life that I should should be living. And that's it back there in a great spot. Now let's see and I've I've made mistakes and you know I've been mad enough to admit and correct and that's what I cannot. I mean I'm waiting. I might not be perfect area right but where would I would i. Would I good sleep. Fool belly Hamdam close time. You're going to sleep these days. Well right now we're on. We're getting onto the clock of five-time right tabby walking into the acting on champion Las Vegas this time but back home and Ireland. I was sleeping early. I was waking up early. We had a set time. I think it was it was eleven. AM and Seven PM Training Sessions Slots Colette. So that was it. I stayed structure that now that we're here or in the gym now every time on Friday night and at the time of the fight and counting on I feel. I've got eh costume for the time already to the time zone so perfect absolutely flawless camp. I've heard you call that previous news camp disaster right. I'm not trying to get you know it's not a disaster. You learned something from everything. I heard a lot about myself. And how come you're on. The walk was great. Like it's not like I was coming into Jimbo. Lazy and have is that goes what the deal is almost hugh to intensive who series in two working into hard in the gym. And they're not working hard enough outside because that's a that's a big part of it as well. You know what I mean. You've got to be focused outside 'cause then the next stay rolls around interviewer and focused when you left and then it's time to go back. You're not a shopping not especially not as eager to be there. And that's what kept happening to me and I just didn't want to beat get in and get their and then I'd have the the scrap and then off go again and it is what it is. Everything's a lesson and some parts of it were though I do scrap. Just stay at the gym. Nancy how are things with your head. Coach Kevin Amazing absolutely amazing very very very in contact contacting on. We will discuss a lot all we. We discussed training methods and practices everything. That's communication has been excellent discount. I made sure that it wasn't the last camp not nothing. Not even. which would everyone involved? You know I've been a lot more in communication with my team and relay ain't how I feel and what were some humor together. We are truly some unit. I brought back my box and coaches and the mail box and GM feels Lavar and and then at Chroma boxing club where the punch. That's been good for the soul and that you know I said in my head after to me after went back then I was like I don't box and and built a good show and I had feel in the corner and that and I was like Damn I should've I should've had the guys there for there may be a little bit. You know as Privata Team Amen but look that's the box have still there also. It's good to have the guys back and does a great energy in the Camden Walkman phenomenal. Everyone's in sync and Matt's it. I'm a true team of tacticians behind me. I'm excited to represent and I work in. This is something that I don't think I've caught on just yet. You and Phil Sutcliffe. I've seen you working with him kind of like the classical boxing guy. If you will the decision to bring him back I think is really interesting. I think symbolic of the fact that you are trying to go back to when it was similar to your roots so to speak. Is this the first time in your career that you've had them apart of of your camp in your corner parts of the corner. Yes and not part of the cabinet since my early career stealing stealing the box in the box and GM will in the fascinating mixed martial arts gym. We were kind of loggerheads a world back at the very beginning because it was not understood the mixed martial arts and that's kind of what led me the interest to kind of stay focused on the on the table box and such a beautiful beautiful discipline. These guys are the best you know what I mean. So I'm very very and this is what I learned how to fight at the box. Feel Kremlin how. How would you say about twelve twelve year so you you see the symbolism and that to have a proper balanced everywhere for six two four six is UFC two for six to twelve was a twelfth fight? Fight something else. That was another one. I think in date counted up to twelve. A one. numerology is is a is a is a marvel and there's some great symbolism in that right gathering back the the old coach so to speak and of course the push out. But you're having was gonNA be better together. Most everyone everyone. Everyone on my team has amazing skills and amazing knowledge of the fight game in specific areas Toronto. And like I said we're all in Singapore all Scotia and we're in a great spot. Did you sign a new deal. Signed a new deal. I mean it's just I usually just before you had about got a piece you negotiate. I believe that's that's all happen after this one. I don't know point of deviate fight deals anymore. If you're just going to renegotiate there's no you know I'm confident. That is going to be a good and Nice paycheck. Most ever probably in mixed martial arts career really gives the range. We knew how much you made for. Mayweather I'd say a about could be. I'm estimating who eighty million Come on yeah because I have I like. I said we've got the Australia Kinda in England and Ireland. She'll be a good one. What did you make for Habib Fifty fifty? Wow Eighty no one's ever made any mostly feathers combined having made that. Yeah so they take on still the bread this. This is the first time since the SEAVER fight that you're not a champion or there's no state there's belt on the line or anything like that. Even with nate not a still a champion and whatnot. Does it feel a little different. No they champ the champ forever and always etched in stone were you know that the title stuff now thought it was great. Yeah that was great straight away. It was like show me that bill. I I wanted this. I saw before. Dana said that with me and that I was messing with this only because we've seen the draw the outline of but I didn't see the color of and I was estimating was going to be to be with the gold all right and then when I saw the seal the black and I thought about it's really well skew. Go to the thing definitely so you almost feel like those two should finish up up their business and maybe the winner fights you because I do who has it on because it ended see in what way is now you know what I mean. It's what did what did he wants to do it again. I think we arrived in. Hurry I mean you could see how the open while he was dipping their enough at the end of that tour around. And that's Tony kicking in. It would've been great acidify. We didn't see it. Look whatever. See what happens. You really feel that the W Tony Fight won't happen. I just maybe you know possibly supposed to have a fourth man to know who put an outlay. I should took a baby donald about three or four times and also in the Andrea Andrea Laden. Something happened but his liver and saying that he's put the they're not for pulling out of belts leading tripped on a studio or violence. And I'm bleeding chair stacked on WSB Tony's the right so see what happens. Did you see reply to your comments. Not what was it again Essentially essentially you know if you WANNA if you WanNa have your courage and all this stuff can make hold on my leg. Come on this these are not the fight all show yourself you know what I mean. The people know what the scrap. What's not a scrap metal? Fine is not although the last musical for the moment but you know what. We're trying to find me so but isn't it a little disingenuous. Everyone like yeah obviously yeah so tainted Baloney right you laugh at it exac recently that you have someone come visit the Gaff as you would call it the apartment and as a as a as a bit of a motivational roms has been happened. What happened because when I was in Miami I went into into health and deals and speak to his people like platinum there's people of the Platinum Lyons had called a great man? We did the room using stop playing and I was just going to great Bosworth. I had a great conversation when it's on it's on. It went everywhere not NAM and I've just kept in contact with very very helpful. Top Montagny Tony Is. It's not just it's not just words. You know what I mean does action in there in the structure and Maurice and he came at Hilson went over some things and again I had my coach. Gosh coaches they are John my conditioning gorgeous and speaking to Tony and we close the is was awesome. Awesome good good good thing I wanted. I wanted my mother John and dot com fast coach. So they can understand where my team can was and you'll be a bit more than seeing can can very happy when I felt really uplifted. Coming out of them took some things very thankful for that. And I'm going to continue that. I think he's GonNa come to me on on the day before the flight maybe also yeah so so. It's almost like a motivational shape. An interview it's actually not even a motivational thing does not. It's well. It is that as well. But it's mature with the title would be of it. But it's only probably shaping up to be more culture and he doesn't live here right comes. He came the interest Florida. Isn't that showed me a lot as came to my house. And is there a lesson or two that he that he talked to you that I'm just yeah we went over some things and I'll just keep it at that. Okay do do do you ever go back and look at your early fight even pre UFC or early interview course is saying that. That's one thing that I have recently. Yeah definitely I went back and listened to my old self. You know what I mean the way. I was thinking when I was when I was you know everything was innocent. Everything was you know what I mean. What it is now are and that helped me a lot? I was able to go back and see what way might way of thinking. Was Dan to the way it is now. And we'll just add what is useful discard not Bruce Lee quote. That's what I don gives you. Motivation of course gives me motivation. Remember what that was like being on Welfare I was actually watching the documentary last night. The notorious documentary documentary your lifelong partner. A tiny tiny room in your parents upstairs. And you're both eating there. It's insane to see that and not to see. Oh you know what you become. You even remember what that's like. He of course I stay. I stay close to my roots. Always stay close to how I came up always in my way of thinking. Of course you've got to you. Yeah because there's a part of you they could forget or you have all this money. You don't know what to do. You're buying things whenever you want. Fancy clothes is all that stuff There's a part of you that could forget that that's understandable. But you know no. I made sure to stay close to my roots. Steakhouse to WHO I am and who who I was and that's it you still want. Never forget spending. You still do not less a lot less lies that I have a lot of things I don't I like I said I actually said this. Tony Robbins because I read something about Lebron James a while back about maybe a year ago steady spent one point five million annual on his helped right and self as his his. Everything is nutrition is China's everything and I spend not only in camp. I bring a team together. People and I'll say that's not the way to do this but I drop. I drop money on blading car ably our award like spend on myself. You know on my held on my fitness on. And that's helped me and then and then I then you acquire more here acquired even more than a shock and that's what I am now so unless I'm possessions and things but you've got to go to write your offer go through that when you get a windfall going to stack things get a little bit it doesn't excite me as much as we'll have you know what I mean. What excites me now is creating now I like I like to create things that I love the clothing and very much involved in the designs audience and building buildings we would reebok in with my company August McGregor and of course the whiskey and the these ventures and that's what angel deal until you're thirty one do you think they'll be fighting at forty? It's probably like a cap now. I'm going to have a solid couple years on out. I'll be rockin over. You can tell a good tool for. I'm GONNA hit the believer early but I'm I'm twenty five years of age the billy. I'll be a billionaire at home twenty five. That's that's so three and a half years. Yeah really. You're getting there. Yeah you look at those lists and compare yourself you know when they put the highest earning APPS KBOI listen to me. I'm calling for you on the list. Now well it alternates by year. I think I was not sure what I was not bad. I think it was. Jeez I forget the honest look there. I was up there I saw the decade on Floyd was top of the decades is very playful. And she's not so good at the management of it right man. How are you know? I'm still a good way away. Yeah I mean I get that I've got I've got the methods and it's something that excites me in and you're supposed to keep fighting in order to get that you can't just leave part of the success. I don't know in Florida. You know what I mean. That's fine definitely helps. Everything zipped up through the Membrane Megan Shouldirefi game. I'm not even scratched scratching the surface on what I really probably shouldn't be paid right. I mean like the back end when Israel Israel but it's it should be it should be guaranteed right but whatever whenever it is what it is so the fine defines definitely an animal to get there like like the restroom. Ford's done you WanNa have another boxing match. Do you feel like that's no certainly. Yeah I like to rematch floyd. I think we should rematch. Loyd I mean he's flirting with it and they'll all this sneaking own pick somebody else that's not going to be the same it's not. I don't phenomenal. I don't film Oakland up and the only reason lost about was 'cause I prepared. I prepared for back. Footed Philly shelled style of opponent. I'm I'm on. The flight was like that. I was picking him apart then. He came forward with at present. I wasn't seeing an intimate shots. Like I am now my my coaches my bill. That that drill silence specific boxing things into me again. And I know I be Floyd Floyd we matched and when we re much. He's not going to be one mission. Question is bound like he said it was supposed to be. It was supposed to be me box. And then we'll mix much allies belt. That was what was said and our his melt as well. It was not not very not written but it was a variable agreement rate. And obviously that's not going to happen and I'm not even I don't even push them either but I would like to box him. I think I think that would be. That would be a good good hair re much. Have you even broach the subject yet. Have you Stephanie. We've talked as always talk to him now. People all this coming back in the basketball game right there. The handshake deal capital capital. Good Yeah Yeah. You could always make this year. Is this something you want to do. Business with the showtime people and Floyd did you never know but it's also you're actively pursuing something you want. Activity is what I'm pursuing right so I'm just keep myself in shape. Fresh focused list and everything will happen true off of that even even even the maywood ability or ten weeks within weeks of that and and before that I wasn't I wasn't messing around again. John I mean I wasn't good solid now now fully focused so we'll see what happens. You do look at that as a man. I could have been the one at end up doing that. In Part I could've been the one to beat him. The one guy. I squandered that one it was great it was a great conversation. Good internal convert a good inner conversation. You have a fight with him so it's great to play Florida. Great great to be in there with him and he's a crafty veteran Sunday's truly craft you. Don't get fifty profile are now through the pro wins and an extensive amateur career. And you know what I mean so it was a great great experience and you know doing it again if if if it will happen. That's going to happen again. Ticks mystic may happen again but also I would be opened the box you know. I know the my money has been. We're actually closed as we're actually comes to sign the money. And what do you mean what's looking at me and he's been talking about the money for you've versus many that's been that's there was an offer was an offer made on that year and what happened just not yet not yet so but in the possibility very very much so great in the box party is are we not. That's that's real parlay a box and bill and I WANNA boxing. I will boxing. I'd love a book. I will get a boxing world title. Boxing is probably GONNA have multiple times to get that the back box multiple times. I love box. He truly walks in so damn good. When you say sci-fi Excuse me Simon what do you mean outages? And they know she as it's going on right yeah okay. Let's have taken up a lot of your time. You know I remember when you beat aalto. You told me that I went from nothing to something to everything right. Yeah what a line that were good quotes put it on clothes rose and seldom out quick. That's right but you know job until we have the elephant you've done it all saw and said he said you've done it also so you know how it on your don't sound much more. Yeah what are we going to say so you have everything and then there was a chance maybe people thought you might lose everything right and that here you are in sitting in front of you and I know people aren't going to believe this your different guy. You're different than the one that I spoke to an even different than the one part of the Habib fight. You were a little bit all over. uh-huh enjoy remember the interview that you did with the Mac Stanford over there you were looking all over the place. You're so zan right now. I don't even know what to make of this. How what do we? What do we make of this? Is this the new new chapter. Is this a new. Connors is back to the old new. I just feel reinvigorated say it. That's let's see. Yeah you lose. All the other stuff is amazing for excitement. The excitement is building. The fans are very excited. That people every seat is balanced semi competing. I'm very excited to be back back and to be to be gift. Gifting this to the people and I'd be remiss if I don't ask for a prediction because that's what you were known for for all those years. How do you meet Donald? I stopped him when I knock him out early. Possibly you've never been a possibly you know yourself I'm GonNa be what's I'm ready for at all. So let's see what happens. John estimates a little bit later. I think it could be very early. I could get knocked out. Welcome combat thank. You thank you so much. Appreciate it all the best. Thank you so there you have it. There is my conversation with the notorious Conor McGregor tape this past last Friday at the UFC performance institute. In Las Vegas First things I have to thank him again for the time. I appreciate it since the first time we spoke back in two thousand thirteen. Yeah I remember I was in Las Vegas. It was prior to. I do believe you have C.. One it was the one fifty six it was although Edgar and I remember deeming him ask him to come on the show prior to his UFC. Debut and I remember him writing me. I've been waiting for this for for quite some time. And it's because his his fans were hounding me after he won the second cage warriors title. They were hounding me to have him on the show and that following Monday he was on New York Rick and I were talking about. How at the time was one of our favorite interviews in the history of the Ma our ever since then always responsive always gracious with his time? He didn't have to do that. I don't think he's doing a lot of one on one interviews. He's leading up to this fight and for him to do. That was something that we really appreciate it. So thank you very much to him and his team for making that happen as you can see my takeaway as I said at the end in a zen like state he seems happy. He seems at peace he seems to be in a good place. He seems to be in a good place mentally and physically. He seems seems to be really happy with the idea of not having to wait now having to go down to one fifty five unjust worrying about the fight itself. Not The extra fifteen and I was a little taken aback by how zen like he was Comu- was and of course we talked about a lot of things and I thought it was really interesting to hear him up up to a Lotta things own up to the fact that he was drinking leading up to the hubby fight drinking leading up to the hub fight leaving disappearing for three or four days. Not telling anyone where he went. What was he doing could explain his performance? A little bit talking about how it got a little personal. Maybe a little too personal with these are things he had not owned up to. Who in the past and talking to him about the allegations that have been written about him when he got really quite there at the end? Almost seem like you got a little a bit upset that I was harping on it. I thought that was a really interesting moment. The eighty million dollars We've never heard of a of a number like that. Never heard of a number like that in our sport like I said I don't think a lot of people combined have heard of a you know. Combat fighters combined have made eighty million the best fighters of all time time. He said fifty million Habib so he says that's what he walked away with. That's now over double October of two thousand eighteen but eighty million. Potentially after pay purview. That would be a big deal. That would be a really big deal and a show that obviously the still values understands that he is still a a very big dry thought. It was really interesting to hear talk about his activity this year. And maybe turning around quickly if this ends quickly. Here's one thing to keep in the back of your mind. March march seventh. Still doesn't have an official meaning. They can go with your WANNA and Jong Li. But it still doesn't have an official main event last week Israel. I was telling us that he's GonNa fight on that card and that's with their targeting. But what if those talks go. Well clearly there's something up clearly there's a reason. Why is it possible that they they try to turn around conor for March seventh? Maybe against the gate she maybe a quick fight maybe a Mazda fight. I wouldn't be shocked something to think about this week as the week plays out and of course as the fight actually plays out. If it's a quick one I think that's a really interesting thing to watch. Come next Monday. Phil sutcliffe being in his corner. I think is very symbolic like I said. And what about that line. They say I'm toast aerial but I'm still the bread. I thought that that was a great line. Man Who's giving us a lot of great line so in the end I walked away listening to what his team told me beforehand digesting it and then saying you know what they may be right. He does seem to be a much better place he does seem to be happy. And like I said that interview with the Mac life when he was standing there with Andrew again prior to the fight he was all over the place it was it was a little bit jarring to watch. Go back and find that that interview completely different guy a week before this fight completely different man blinders internal family man. It's a really interesting thing now. We'll see how plays out these are are his words. We've been here before with athletes time and again we'll see what it translates into. But I think that was a really interesting table. Set are going in to this week. Seeing what kind of mind frame us in I and seeing what kind of state. He's mentally and physically so. I hope you enjoyed that again. Thank you very much to connor team for the time I appreciate it. It's not often you get to fly out and go for the Data Vegas and come back and then do the show and then go to Vegas but hey this is the life and I love it. Now everyone's talking about McGregor Oni. Everyone's talking everyone has a say. Everyone's winging we got Alvarez's take cruises take earlier in the show but I called upon fifteen F ot S.'s friends of love the show celebrity friends of the show. This is me playing fail. I'm now going to namedrop. I called upon fifteenth celebrity fans who are also friends of the show friends of mine. Perhaps maybe I don't know to get their pick on this fight some fun name. Some fun faces. You're gonNA recognize the majority of these here. Here are the celebrities weighing in on Saturday. Night's main event between conor McGregor. Donnie enjoy I think kind is going to win. You know. I think that this this is redemption. Story this is This is his year to get back into the limelight and to get those big fights that every wanna see I wanna see him in Mazda down next area. What is your man? John flee from the Buffalo Bills Connor COBWEB NBA. Great fight. I think cowboys and come out. Strong things toss around conor for the first couple of rounds By think causing him him with a counter left com connor really fight. He's been losing for years I'm really pulling for college so he can. He can get that game brave and Moslem beat his ass at three blood running me. What's up guys Freddie Prince? Junior here we're on the legends mask and picking your McGregor Sarony fight the brains telling you to go with McGregor. I know the hearts telling you to go with Sarony but remember takes a lot of heart to step in that cage. And when you're a multimillionaire you're going to lose some of that heart and that's why I'm taking the underdog Donald Sarony. You heard it here. Meal Moscow top legend. I Prince Junior. Not so much Booze Airport Josh Donaldson you asked me for my Donald Surani Conor McGregor flight predictions got ceremony McGregor's and a half to prove to me that he can win again. This is Christine Navarro. And my prediction is what it always is. When the man comes to town Conor McGregor knock out in the forest? It's hard to bet against some of conviction so I will be watching the room for ECOMOG again. I'm going to have to go with my countrymen Conor McGregor. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be a good mental head space. It's like John Cabina. Having a what legend said happy fighter is a dangerous fighter. I think you're GONNA see the same caliber from McGregor as in two thousand fifteen. I'm predicting a Kale late. In the second what's up Ariel Sharon Williams here giving you my cowboy verse Connor Prediction. I got cowboy winning to fight via finished in the fourth or fifth round as He survives connors attack early and connor tens of gas out in the late around so I got him finishing Towards the end of the fight what's up areas. NCW with the Orlando Magic January. Eighteenth Cowboys aronie verse. I conor McGregor going to be great. Fight two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second. I think he's found is again. I think he has a chip on a shoulder from his last loss cowboy fan since two thousand ten. And I'm a proud American but I do believe cowboys heavy activity in two thousand nineteen gene. We'll work against him and connor will be coming in fresh in what seems to be a very good match up for him. If Cowboy Russell's connor defending the takedown and the Irishman countering cowboy cowboy was something that Donald doesn't see coming I see connor finishing him in the first round in a post fight bonus for the Celtic Tiger. Whatever happens on Saturday we the fans will win? I think this one's pretty quick one like the gauge. I think it goes to connor and somewhat anti-climactic first round finish. What is going on at Schuyler? Ouston here's my prediction for the cowboys. Running conor McGregor fight. I see Donald Taking McGregor McGregor into deep waters potentially winning by split decision. Or maybe even a late submission round five or late round four C.. Surani pulling guard McGregor Gregor overcompensating raining down punches and Saronic catching him in a triangle as zone so many times not that I'm biased or anything but let's go cowboy picking McGregor I think I had to pick But like I said I'm I'm looking forward to a great five meter. Best man win. Hey this is Mick Foley. And I'm I'm looking forward to a great fight between Conor McGregor and cowboys Sironi but I think Connor realizes to draw distinction between being one of the greatest attractions attractions in MMA extreme might very well be the greatest and one of the greatest fighters in anime history that he absolutely has to win this fight and I think he will but I look for great fight conor McGregor getting the nod. What's up my prediction is Connor Cao's cowboy to I first round Love both fighters low cowboy levies personality. So I'm happy day. He's GonNa get that Red Penny night and that's it I'm gonNA be their lives. I'm extremely really excited. Bom what's up aerial Coming to you from Vietnam Storm Rolling through. I wanted to do this yesterday. But it is what it is McGregor versus Donald Sarony. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I loved it These are two exciting fighters surround. He's been in the game for a while. been doing it for a while. Elba Gregor is not doing it. So long but he's been doing huge things he's coming off a loss with Khabib but I still got him coming back and going on but a tear. I have McGregor in this one But it's going to be exciting. How much fun was that? That was amazing. Who cut that by the way it was? Then you're putting Devon Sour on last longtime friend of the show little trivia the only time someone other than me host of the show was near quick and Devon was on back in two thousand sixteen when my my wonderful well daughter was born so that was a lot of fun. How about that? It's nice to have friends in high places in case you weren't watching and listening. These were the names that appeared. Stevo Mick Mick Foley Michael Carter Williams Point Guard for the Orlando Magic Action Bronson former. NBA All star. Darren Williams my man. KRISTAPS Porzingis wow what guy skylar Aston longtime friend of the program former maybe panelist as well Mario Lopez Buffalo Bills Star. Jonathan Feliciano Louisiana Devon Sawa Prince Junior with a great one with the Basque. Becky Lynch Dominick Murcia New Christian -Ly Navarro and the Great Josh Donaldson Two Thousand Fifteen fifteen. Al Mvp for your Toronto Blue Jays. Now thank you very much to all of them. I appreciate them doing this. They're big stars didn't have to do that. That was a lot of fun and I wanNA remind you as well that if you want to go back and read of of the transcript read about the transcript. The read the quotes. Read the stories that we have coming out of the Connor interview can do so right now over at ESPN DOT com slash. Emma Mesa do check that out there doing phenomenal work. We are doing phenomenal work over there. And it's great to be a part of that team as well so a great day continues to roll along here here on the program and it wouldn't be a conflict of wouldn't be a great day without some spg representation as well later on the program. We're going to be talking to John Calvin but first let's say hello for the first time in a very long time. Wow finally I've been asking this man to appear on the program for quite some time. And he's been dodging me left and right like a boxer bobbing and I'm on her rowdy. Roddy himself it's like it's like old times again. How are you sir you? It is a pleasure to have you back on and it's so it's a very exciting time. It's a very exciting way to start the week. But I have a bone to pick with you. Oh and right off the top you know a staple of a connor fight week is the Owen. Roddy blogs and I've been looking I've been searching SPG Charlestown. I've been looking at the youtube page. Nowhere to be found. Where are they I just at this time around? I just really wanted to focus on on one. I'm here to do you know there's a lot of work to go into the blogs and and stuff like that and just Islam around I just wanted to get in focus on what I'm here to do which is get Kanna cage get a mandate get them ready get them to get in and get NOCCO alko Shell. So that's that's my main focus this law around fair enough all right. I'll give you pass for this one next one. I know he's going to be active this year next one. If it's not there we're going to have some trouble or I just WanNa I put it on. It's insane yes. I know 'cause I saw it on your instagram as well. So let me ask you this. I know he was inactive last year. He didn't and fight and it was somewhat of a tumultuous. Your were you in contact with Connor. Were you training with him last year. Or did you only really link up again. Once this camp started yeah no not so much we went. We went in contact as much as us. Bamble go you know. He's got so many other businesses and stuff like that lease is Ronin so calm we don't we don't walk as much as we as we usually one more income so I didn't see as much as you. You would for that at the same thing. Once we got back walking together we get that flow again. And it's it's it's a history of being German what what kind of physical state was in when you guys started. This camp phenomenal. So there's one thing that he didn't give all this time on. ESPN very very consistent. His strength and conditioning and his nutrition. He's been all pulling for the past year on So it's always good when you have an athlete a combs in the COMP fit and ready because then it doesn't you don't spend half the comp twenty in shape yet you focus on the Task Ohio and look at the opponent look at take threats that they pose look the whole game and then and then excuse game plan so once we start getting back into the swing of things things you know I. It took me to get into pace by cope too macho man on. was there ever any talk of the old band not coming back together or is that a a foregone conclusion because you know he talked about the last have not going well. was there ever any fear that you guys wouldn't come back for this fight. No no I mean kind of from day one is always always kept kept saying goes around them with. I think I think the known who you have around that they've been which from day one and the date is approach Georgia. And it's just for me. It was just for all of us is just knowing when it's time to Gaul Excel. Wouldn't you get the knowledge then. It's all hands on deck so everyone's just sitting around waiting waiting for the Botswana to come up in the air on all band together and you know we're you in favor of the idea of doing this. Fight at one seventy he was first brought up. Did you like that idea. A Forest Service on short it was like why would you WanNa Park up there with ten talk in the nineties. Look look I feel comfortable at this way as he said in your interview. He's out the way he walks around that way. And he's confident that without way and then when you go in and see move around because I thought you see how we put the pace on them head was hell. We had power 'em tires open that outweigh then. It gives you the confidence you know. And as far as this camp compared to the last one he's talked about it. You know the last one not being great John talked about it. People have weighed in he even said I mean somewhat surprising to me in the interview that we just aired he was drinking leading up to the fight itself disappearing. Can you compare how this camp has gone. Compared to the last one against could be. What are the differences yet? Obviously speaking to you today as well audience. It's a confident and happy. And that's you know we didn't see the last for you and you know even the last couple of weeks it's been tension between component of competition and Kana. There's been bad blood between his opponents. This does not include foam. He's happy he's got everything else in the background around. All this business is all flown and now we can focus one hundred percent on what he does today. which is when you see an excuse me when you see Colorado coined Obam Moines frame? It's great to watch and down when connors in good form and and he's enjoying join train and unease switched on then. We have the monster so the whole camp you know follow suit and we all fall into that role and it's been a phenomenal Lecompte company. Help you you know. That's a really great point because it's something I noticed after I left on Friday. You mentioned like no animosity and being in a great spot the Diaz fights and and Floyd and without those also tense right and when we were waiting for him to arrive on Friday and I had a chance to talk to a lot of us at the gym and even seeing this Dj that that he brings. I notice everyone is really happy. You know sometimes when you wait for a guest the common it's a guest of his stature and it's a guest where maybe he's ornery or not happy. Everyone's walking on eggshells and doesn't want say I walked away with like these guys are in a really great mood like they are loving life. They've got the DJ. They're dancing there singing their enjoying the training. It really does seem like the whole experience at least from what I saw on that particular day on Friday. Everyone is just an incredibly high spirits. When's the last time you remember it being like this or feeling like at this for you guys? It's it's it's been since it's felt like that encompasses probably you know maybe the Mendez or a something like that was tumultuous too though right because of the knee yea Today that enable the lead open it was just in good form and everybody was enjoying and he was switched on Cloyne when he could see e could see what was the head of the money was. He's just as you said. That's that's what makes all the boys boys and this time around. It's the same. He's in great form and he's enjoying his train. And I tink as you say when you when you when you go form everything just flows the better. You know. There's no tension. I'm curious to get your take on this. One of the interesting story lines. Silence going into this fight is him bringing his old boxing. Coach Phil Sutcliffe of the Legendary Crumlin Boxing Club and I had an opportunity to meet him and and what a great character he is but you have always the known as connor striking coach. How did you feel about Phil being a part of the team as well on the corner too? Yeah I was like. I didn't know whether like saying the CON is nowhere. Now whether it's going to be you know just post a focus. It's been a very very good. Nash has some which experienced when you talking. Typically that has fifty years experience in boxing. Man where can you get that wealth of knowledge as not even around up years a year so there is nobody in ended the anime fields. That has that kind of wealth of knowledge and talking to fill alarm land on a lot myself from Amemiya. Now if you can't pick up some they're some techniques and so on so many ideas from Amanda has fifty years of knowledge. You're doing something wrong and so yeah it's it's been great and on you know we've all booked Bravo come together and you can see economies. He sat down on the shots. That's when you need say he's A. He's a vase when he needs to be evasive. He's using his weapons when when the opportunities are there and it's been phenomenal there. I think you're gonNA see on NFL. Most definitely I saw an interview. That you did with Oscar Willis over at the MAC life. He's been doing a great job as well and I noticed that you said to him that everyone has holes in. It's part party your job to find the holes in your opponents game. Donald Surani's a veteran. There's there's a lot of footage on this man out there. Tell us what are the holes that you're seeing Donald's game not going to get into Tim. What's that echo to look the COP and lawyers? You know you know is a bit rigid you know. He's crafty as well as craft. You just have to be switched on surrounding A.. A not play to the strengths and Kana get into his flow team like I said this before if Kana gets into his flow east you you just pose it too. Many threats to surrounding so only as only has a few damn tricks himself and very crafty and these veterans really really good for so if we stay switched on E.. Shouldn't you shouldn't get near. Khanna wanted to get your opinion on something that was said earlier in the show. Both Eddie Alvarez and Dominick Cruz suggested justice that ceremony do this. They said that it would be wise for him to have essentially a full five minutes sparring match in the locker room so that essentially he starting the first round like it gets his second round so that typically he's a slow starter. Get warm done. Get the cobwebs out. Don't get all nervous and actually like let it out in the locker room so that. You're really fresh sweating and all that stuff wants to fight actually starts. What did you make of that that piece of advice? What do you think of that is? That is that that I could actually help. I don't think thinks oh to be totally honest. Reason being like a forty minute is a forty minute round five minutes bar and then takes say twenty minutes to get out to the Cajun and you're cold again and you're having a spa and I don't really think people say comes out at East starts slow. I don't think she starts slow. I just think he takes him along a little bit longer homeless to get the people you know you watch him. In his last flights he comes out of the gates. Quick Kenny Mills Finance and Ford possible for him to get into flow takes a couple of rounds. Economy get into his flow with takes milliseconds just needs eh needs to look. He's he's got the east got the radio and I think that's the difference will be put at does know yet. Surrounds will come out. So I don't think you were there any limitations. Because I knew he broke his left. Hand early in the camp was taking some time for it to get well or was it good as as far as the camp started was you know. One hundred percent Khanna's one hundred percents no non noting knocks no buyings no compare effect great mindset in could phone on. Yeah it's okay. It's in pretty flawless. Mummy really can't complain now. I see that you're wearing a very interesting. T. Shirt over there. One ask you about this the nuclear MMA. This is when you told me about this. On Friday I was like what Owen Roddy starting as an amateur Emma may program here in the United States. This this is very interesting and then I looked up the instagram page and the twitter page. Tell us about this because the amateur. MMA seen here in the United States has been virtually nonexistent. What is this all about? Tell us all about about this. Yeah so so more self to business partners East Florida set up a new annonay. Which is the the National Clubs Association for Mixed Martial Arts so we'll be a college based amateur? MMA organization that would want events nation would and give the students and college the opportunity to compete in amateur mixed martial arts now. I think it's I think it's going to be huge. A A huge boost for for amateur mixed martial arts. In general given given these at these students he'll trough onto to compete and then move on in in In that mixed martial arts career in the in the studies wherever they WANNA deal future you know. Now what sparked this idea. Why do this why get involved in this? Sorry well spoke to an my business partners and it was bound to happen. Happen eventually. Arielle You See College. Sports and the states is huge and the introduced a new sports every for every year so on. MMA's grown Felt it was a need for a and we took it on board three years ago when we were walking on her. Ever since you know and how many were announcing go go ahead. Yeah so I would be in February in at UCF Florida we've got a few colleges onboard on them. Yeah works on what date exactly February twenty eight so when you say a few colleges like are these. Are these students. Student athletes going to be coming from different colleges all competing on this particular card. Yes so we've got. We've got a few colleges because Amb or university western Illinois Love Miss. UCF obviously so yeah. We've got lots of colleges colleges signed up. We've got about five or six colleges and compete on a four stash. Showcase event will be which is going to be a showcase which is going to give everybody taste of what we're looking to do with new anime over the over the coming years. Yeah so it's a very exciting time on. They're very proud of of all the walk. That goes with Donna. ELVIRA over here in 'em in Florida there and I'm excited to see where this takes. How many vents are used slated to do in twenty twenty? Do you know yet. We're hoping to do maybe tree showcase events and then we're going to go into full season in two thousand twenty one which will which will consist of regional championships and then regional. It's gone onto the national championships to be to be crowned National Nuclear Eh champion Sandoval College College Championships in an individual championships for students as well. So I think it's it's GonNa be great twist on on on amateur and a Heaven Heaven there. The colleges joined the athletes and you know college sports. I've had the privilege of common over and seen some stuff visit is it. UCF on the scale of of the college over here on on the students have towards awards that the teammates in the colleges. It's amazing so I just think it's going to be insane. Wants to get rolling in. Will you just do this in the United States or Canada Other regions now. Well at the start we want to. We want to just focus on the US colleges in the US the biggest in the world and get the biggest fans you've got you've got At people that were in college years ago that's still supported colleges that dough headphones. Then when we when we introduce and they will you know you're GonNa get the whole backlog of people support their athletes so we start in in the US and who knows where it's GonNa take us and as far as commissions are concerned you have to get them on board or is this sustainable and thing because it's amateur obviously Each day we it will be. We will have to get cleaned from from from from a commission. Okay all right very interesting stuff while I wish you the best February twenty eighth event. UCF UCF University of Central Florida of course in central Florida now. Before I let you go your team famous for predictions. Let's hear this Saturday the return. How does it go down for me? I know you get the sandwich everytime. It's just always seated. The people they crumble when he lands clan on Sironi. It's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an alien annoy he's GonNa Lionheart. Surani's hit start the clone of it's it's it's a countdown before announced that killer blow them away. It probably probably take a couple of minutes in the fourth round in middle to late late foreground and then eighty second Mt. Just uh-huh Landstuhl shirts. You're pretty much pretty much stolen. You know everything from the vibe and the prediction itself feels like the old days to the confidence that you guys have going into. This fight feels like the old days as well Great to see you on Friday coach. Have you back on the show. It's been too long and I'm really really excited about this program like I said amateur may seen Has Been nonexistent here in the state. So I'm curious to see how this plays as well. Yes so we will. We will have you on again sir. Her and I wish you guys the best this week of course with all the HOOPLA and the drama that is sure to come. The storm is coming to Las Vegas so to speak. It's going to be a lot of fun with the Irish coming as well. Good luck this week and of of course. Good luck on Saturday. Can't thank you enough and on real on all right there. He is Rowdy Owen. Roddy Irish legend. Later on. We're going to talk to another member of the coaching staff. John Cavanaugh and that is a tradition of ours. We broke the tradition. which we'll talk about with him when he comes on? But we broke it. Prior to the hubby fight it's back back on so in around fifteen minutes or so we're going to be joined by coach Cavenaugh. That's how we'll wrap up today's program and again as I said at the top for those asking where Sarony whereas coaching staff I asked them. I asked all the hard feelings here. Donald Surani legend of the game an absolute hall of Famer one of the greatest ever and one of the most beloved ever. No hard feelings. I said my opinion on how he one about trying to get the fight on our little show. He didn't agree with it would love to have talked about it with him. talked it out. But alas he didn't like it and told his this team that's come on as well but no hard feelings. I still love you. Donald and I wish you the best on Saturdays. Well now. Let's go to someone else competing in a big spot on Saturday. Her name name is Roxanne modify. She is a legend of this game as well she's at syndicate and I have had my flag here. Excuse me I have my fan here. I should say Roxanne Yeras still rocking it. After all these years you signed it for me and in fact by my side because I think we all need this Roxanne. I have your book how to be positive mental training by Roxanne modify the happy warriors. I just WanNa let you know I have not forgotten about you Roxanne. How're you doing? I'm doing fantastic here syndicate trained a little bit. I really really ready for us by okay. So this is a big one prior to getting this opportunity against macy. Barbara Rising Star. I think she's going to be champions. Did you know a lot about her. Was She on your radar Dr. I've seen a fight you know. She's pretty awesome. Doesn't watching her fight a little bit and Yeah US coming up in the ranks. Are you impressed by I. Her you know she really gets the job done. Is it possible to say she's over hyped. You think she's over hyped. Could you think she's getting the right amount of hype. Think she's worthy of all those type she's getting I think she's worthy of it. You know she. TKO In her last however many five minutes you know she's strong she's spunky so when you say funky what do you mean by that. What do you mean by Funky? How funky spunky like monkey? Okay okay what do you mean by that. How can you be a spunky fighter? He's Yeah I don't know okay. I guess I was thinking Funky because her mentor of Funky Ben Aspirin. So I wanted to know for style was Funky as well now. Of course. Everyone's talking about this message that you sent her and her reply to the message. Can you tell us the story for those that didn't see. What did you send her? What was this the that you sent her? What was it about so I met her? I ran into her at that. You have to institute and we were just chatting. Hey looking to our fight Yak over pool we we somehow week putting him on the up in the conversation and we both like cutting weight the bathtub sweat it out and I know that sometimes you have see books that don't don't have bathtubs so me being the excellent planner that I am. I'll tell an APP. Hey our rooms have bathtubs and they said no so. I thought it would be great if you both made Leslie and healthily. So I should let her know so she can make other plans so I turn instagram. I don't know if she follows me took a chance and no let her know. Hey make other plans. Whatever and then she Apparently posted that which is fine But yeah just trying to be nice and make wait. She she's always made it a flyweight so now. Here's here's my follow up question and did she even though she posted that she actually replied privately as well she did not. Oh come on macy. She didn't even say like. Hey thanks nothing nothing like that. No Man you feel you feel like it was a bit of A. I don't know not a nice move on her part to do that. Well I kind of was still a little worried that he didn't see it. Because when you see a message does read she didn't actually set my message For before like hey come. I'm trying to whatever and she'd read it either so I would have liked some acknowledgement that. Oh steamboat whatever's when you saw the tweet that she put out we just showed it on the screen and her apply apply reply. What did you make of that? Man by all means hyped fight. Let's go even though I was hi. I'm highly ranked like I don't always get the hype end. She has the high. I would love to benefit from that height so bringing go all right so you know Hartfield do regret sending her this message helping her out no not at all. Hopefully she'll listen it. Hotels don't have bathtubs so students I fully expect in an awesome No way in tune in for my way like Oh what are you going good fight you know just my normal entertaining ones. Are they letting you dress up. Do your thing okay. I love that. I love the fact that your kindness has now become like a promotional tool for this fight. I hope so is great thing and of course you've been burned in the past by people missing. Wait so I can understand why you'd want to look out for your opponent here when you when you actually think about the way she fights you see holes in game justice. She's I mean you have so many more you've been around this game for so much longer. She's still so young under twenty five. All that stuff wants to be the youngest champion ever. Do you see holes in our game at this point. Are you catching her. At the right time I certainly hope so. You Know My head coach John The game plan you know. I'm going to take advantage of some of the things that I see. Yeah I will. I will try I sal out yes do you feel like you're being put in that spot of you know. The veteran being fed to the young lion being used as a stepping-stone this is a scenario. That's all all this time in in this fight game. Do you feel like you're being put in that spot absolutely but bring it on. I will prove that I belong to stop that okay so you don't mind being put in that that's bought yet fight them in the UFC. I'm getting stronger and stronger. I'm getting better and better saying always get stronger after their fights especially to Lawson's yes. They're going to see a bit better stronger Roxie. Everyone spry and we're showing right. Of course we're showing that you pointed. Did out recently. That youtube can finish some fights as well so it's not just macy's as many finishes that she does by the way but you also have what this is like cure. My math is correct. Your fortieth pro fight right my sporty fight. They don't fight or one but I can't deal technically for me it's forty this'll be my forty th wow. Did you ever think that you would make it to forty five fights when you really not i. I mean you probably think initially ten something like that so when I first started fighting everybody retired at thirty four like everyone declined. It was Iraq and broken by thirty four. Chris I think retired by three thirty four but now I feel great. I feel better now at my age than I did when I was twenty five so I mean I'm getting stronger. Genre better do it was the move to Las Vegas. That really extended your career. Had you not done that you maybe would have been done by now. Absolutely one hundred percent. It was the the physical therapy in America. My massage therapist Terry Wallace Conditioner Lorenzo got stronger Absolutely honest Aubrac Mr Pan and speaking of Japan I understand a very special guest is going to be in attendance for for those that followed your career for for so many years. We know that you spent a lot of time in Japan. That's where you really hone your craft and became famous but I understand a very special guest. Can you tell us about that. Are you referring to my trainer from Japan. Yes yes unless there's another special guest. How did I know I got a nose for these things? That's a good one. Oh Yeah you can you Kuni NEOCON is gonNA fly from Fan. My former trainer He's going to be in attendance. I'm really excited. He cornered me and coached me for like four years in Japan. Psalm excited to introduce him. I think my mind is gonNA explode when I introduced into minute minute trainers and is this the first time you see him since you're in the UFC eighty now. I've met up with him like every time I visit after dinner or lunch. Never okay. Has He ever been to one year. UFC fights. It's no. Wow why this one. I think you always wanted to come to us. Okay Fair enough. That's is Zeke in your corner or just actually just watching it as a fan. I'm giving tickets okay. Very very nice and by the way just curious because I did see you at the Pi Pin Friday. What does it connor there? And it's kind of interesting to see the fighters interacting with them. Has it been a bit of a different scene with his whole crew being there. You're you're in Vegas. He probably go there. A lot has been kind of different. Seeing Conor McGregor the Megastar they're just amongst all the fighters. What has it been like kind of? I think I heard around. The corner wants that. He was lifting weights I know our team Didn't use the years one acre filming him but I mean it's it's cool I I try not the I can go over some people but space didn't actually meet him okay. You didn't cross pass okay. Johnnie Walker's their bankroll for him. Really your big Johnny Carson. He is talking huge. Johnnie Walker my head up like pectoral the shoulder crazy. He is a large man yes on there as well. So how do you see this playing out on Saturday. How do you envision it so you never know anyone could win a fight at any given time? But I really hope showcase some of my striking the minute schools Competent on the ground. It goes to the ground there. I just hope I do a lot of stuff. Because that's my main. Motivation is to try and hugh spot for you Roxanne. It's it's a great spot for a veteran like you. I'm looking forward to the fight. Great fight between a veteran up and comer. Those are fun fights always so good luck to you on Saturday. Good luck this week with the way cutting hopefully she makes wait no drama this time and we see great fight on Saturday. Thanks as always for coming on and thank you for the The Fan that has that has joined me here at ESPN. I took it all the way from the old job to here. I wouldn't I wouldn't forget it. Yeah awesome thanks so much for having me on. Thanks to all the fans who support me absolutely. You'll see a good show all right right. There she is the one and only Roxanne monetary pound for pound one of the nicest people in the history of mixed martial arts so always great to have her on and that's a big fight fight. That's a big opportunity for her. You see to forty six has a nice blend of veterans and up and comers like Civic Yousef like I said of course horse macy Barbara guys like Pettus and Roxanne Montazeri Alexia Lennick. The Grasso. Cloudy Delphi is an interesting one as well. So there's something for everyone one but of course. UFC Two forty-six headlined by Donald cerrone vs Conor McGregor. The returning Conor McGregor. We've been talking about this fight all show long and so great to have a coach own Roddy on the program so great to have the perspectives of someone. who fought both of them like Eddie Alvarez so great to have a mind like dominick Cruz and so great to have connor on the show from from our sit down on Friday but it has been a tradition dating back to? I believe the Max Holloway fight in Boston. If memory serves me correct so two thousand thousand thirteen August of two thousand thirteen. We would always have John Cavanaugh before and often because they were winning the fights after the victories as well the Monday before the Monday they after but the tradition was broken prior to the last fight it was broken and well. We don't have to discuss what happened but you know what happened. And so now we get back on track we win and we learn and there he is back on track. The tradition is back. What did I say to you John when I asked you? Here's the big question. A couple of weeks said the question I want to know the answer to is. Is the tradition back on. What was your response? When asked you that question? Make mistakes. Don't repeat them. Yes there you go a great line so welcome record there as well L. Tree and tree. How do you feel about why did why did he have to rub it in? I'm sorry there's so much seriously corporate. What are you have to say really but great to have you on and by the way I don't know what kind of skype connection you guys have over the Internet connection but you and just absolutely flawless? Whoever you're signed up within Vegas tremendous stuff well done Cox? Okay yeah fine. How well perhaps we're about we're cooks? Yes okay okay yes all right. We'll leave it at that. So yes so much to discuss John. I remember talking to on the Saturday. After the Habib fight I remember. We were on Long Island for the Bell Tower. Show so much happened in that fight leading up to it the aftermath and you were very honest brutally honest about how it all went a couple couple months later. If I would have talked to you that the ban will be back together that you would be feeling like this that he would be feeling like this. That confidence would be like this. Would you believe me that it would all turn out like this and twenty twenty. I have to be honest and say no. I didn't think it would happen. Why not right after I talk about the great skype connection? That's what happens for God's sakes why did I say that I shouldn't have said anything. I'm sorry hey you don't. Ah I hope that was on the record. There you see you by putting up his record three three. It's actually not bad. I mean listen six H yeah. I'll take a three and three record. Are we going to reconnect them. My hunch is someone called them and sometimes that stalls it but we started off a little rocky as far as skype type but we ended really well and then I had to bring it up. Why did I bring it up? Can't believe I did it but that was a fascinating answer. We're about to get something and then it froze anyway. We'll reconnect with John. Great to have him on great to end the show with him. I'm very excited. Usually I go out to the fights on Thursday morning this one Tuesday because we're going to be doing aerial the bad guy from there and by the way I'm doing radio midnight eastern nine Pacific after the press conference on. ESPN RADIO SO WE'LL GET A. Oh my gosh. We're going to get to talk about the jinx myself on that one John. Yeah you don't talk about. A great connection is until the end. Gosh what a rookie mistakes I think after all these years and you're about to give us a tremendous answer so let's just go back to that moment because I felt like I totally ruined it. You said you didn't think so if I would ask. You all turned out like this this and then I asked why why. Why wouldn't you thought? So what did I do. What did I do? How could it have been so great? I own rotties behind this. What did I do? How could I have done such a think? This goes against everything I always believe in. I don't like to tell anyone who's on the show beforehand because I feel like I'm Jinxing it even. I don't even tell my wife she asked me. Who's on the show? NOPE NOT GONNA find out until I tweet about it. And the Harry. I'm talking about something as precious as skype connections. Are you kidding me Ariel. How could you do this? How can you let everyone down anyway? As I was saying Radio Show Midnight Eastern Nine Pacific press conference. This is five Pacific eight eastern. That's a one hour radio show at midnight which is when the freaks come out. So that's going to be fun. I like that taking your calls and there. We're doing another radio show and that will be on the podcast. We usually do a Wednesday park. That will be our Wednesday podcasts and will be involved so maybe we'll get a minimalist pick of the week there but we will also have another radio. Show Saturday from four seven Pacific sites knowing Fordis- I know sorry one very confusing one to four Pacific four to seven eastern one to four Pacific four to seven eastern. Yes that's a three hour show. ESPN ESPN radio in the midst of the Conference Championships. I might add how. `Bout that that's the coverage on Saturday. How about that at the top? No but in the midst of it I mean. There's a lot to talk about on the Saturday before the Sunday stretch. Come on. I'm taking this as a nice little feather in my cat. A UFC live on ABC to eastern ABC to Eastern. I heard some special guests are going to be joining us on that show. Then it's my show at four eastern and then it's Arianna Bagai live on this year youtube and twitter and then we've got the post fight show and a ton of sportscenter coverage it's going to be a crazy week. Okay okay. I'M NOT GONNA say anything I'm just going to go into the talk about this connection. John Are you there briefly. Yes okay God I totally okay. Why did you not think this would turn out like it did? It was like I actually taught after the fight. I felt it would be hard to tell to be hard for him to motivate himself the train like he used to do when he was coming up and winning cage warriors and then you UFC tiles because he had set out some goals and achieve them so what what was going to drive them again. Of course stand em mayweather fight. Come along and That you know of historical opportunity. That was that was motivation in and of itself. And but after that I just felt well you have the federal into light bells and you have enough money for your grandkids. So what was what was it. That was going to make you train again and I just. I found it hard to see a reason so I'm glad he did find his reason but I just didn't see it at the time so I'll be honest. I just Kinda start focusing on the next wave of guys you know. Every coach Kinda always has a a river of fighters mature Jim from sixteen seventeen years of age open till lender kind of wrapping up to career and I just thought that journey Arab particular particular journey was nearing its end. Did you think there was a chance that he would never fight again or that he would fight in. You just wouldn't be a part of it. Yeah I didn't think you'd be like a repeat myself but I didn't take you be able to trade away. He knows he has to train in order to compete at this elite level and because kind of training like I always figured he'd be around a gym. I always figured he'd be there training. Jitsu were you know kind of for fun with the the actual changing from being to training just for fall into training you compete is very very different than it's it's it's it's so hard it's so difficult ask any professional dinner for more than five years and you're dealing with injuries and waking up sore and whatnot and on them it's just hard to keep that intensity gone unless there's a very very good reason you know when you talked about the Habib fight and the camp in the days afterwards. It was very interesting to hear him talk about it now but when he told me on on Friday that he was drinking leading up to he was disappearing fearing for three four days. That's that's incredible to hear and I appreciate the honesty before a fight of that magnitude. Wow how bad was it. How difficult was it to be the coach and to have a fighter? He was telling us he was fight. He was all in when he was there but the problem was he would just leave and like celebrate the stuff that was going on in the gym. And obviously that's not the best way to to actually actually prepare for a fighter of that caliber in a fight of that magnitude. How trying was that for you? How difficult was it for you Yeah I mean you heard you. You heard him say it. It was it was it was not good and the whole training camp and was driven by a revenge by then you know even when you come down to Doodo sparring sessions. He was talking about the award inspires. There were fights and was actually interested him even for me to hear him saying that each of them was seen as a as a fight. So it actually Kinda makes a tiny bit a logical sense you celebrate a fight. You don't celebrate a sparring session sparring sessions just part of training camp but if you are a viewing it as a five and if you're going in and ruining true people you know destroying people. It wasn't doing rounds. It was just. It was how soon as the fight was over as soon as he could finish somebody then he was gone. He was out at a gym and just wouldn't be in contact with you for days. has that ever happened before. Wow even during the build up when you remember you told me that you got you. Would you would leave the gym. He would come to the gym right prior to the first one and the we. Yeah we didn't have much communication during that period. Yeah what he was still consistent. He was still was still showing up. I remember when I spoke to him in August and I asked him about his relationship with you because it was a bit up in the air and he said you know he saw that you did. Interviews is after fine so you didn't watch as I said I watched it fifty times on my way from the arena to the house. How could you not do that? And you know you just felt like there was no communication all that stuff. Did you guys ever have a serious sit down before for this new journey this new chapter and air out all these sort of things that were out there because there was a big question whether or not you'd be back together. Yeah absolutely and and a lot of it is something I could speak to you now for forty five minutes and one sentence comes out a certain way and you put out a headline and if you're just scrolling on your phone and you just see that headline and if you don't really see the whole interview you know it could be taken out of context and meaning you know he'll have to prove what what way a I have to show me. If I'm going to corner again. Mining behind that was taught was obvious was that I will. I'm obviously very concerned Garner. He's also always said he's like a kid rotor and I just didn't see the need for him to be doing anymore If he we already had all his goals achieved and I look now and I say this is what this is who he is. He's he loves a AH timid has healthiest physically and mentally. When he's in training camp and the motivations are healthy that's him at his is best and what else was he gonNa do? He's not going to go off and take gulls sit around all day. He's obsessed with this sport this lifestyle. So it's it's it's good for everybody involved. It's good for him. To be into professional element of anime. Keeps them on a good track as someone who has known him for so long. I remember the stories that you told me of trying to go to his house. His mom calling you to try to get him to come back to the Jim to wake them up to get him out of bed when he was nowhere near the connor that he is today. And you just referred to him as a kid brother I mean you. Don't often hear coaches refer to fighters like that but you guys have this incredible bond and to see the incident in Miami and the Puck to see these things happen. You care for this man to see the mug shots and things like that. What does that do to you to see? You Know He. He was starting to become as I they asked him. You know like the stereotype of the fighter who had it all and then is on the verge of losing it all to see that happen to your kid brother quote unquote. What does that do to you? It was heartbreaking does no order words for and those heartbreaking and you fear the worst trade a worse for people so you care about the most and you fear you're going to become that that's That stereotype you know that age old story of someone someone getting it all and then losing it all and it was Yeah everybody around were all worried. And but that's that's less than last year's news that's last decades news last few months of being incredible and I feel that you know you can say words and and people like us. We'll believe in adult Lakers will say it's just words. I can see where they're coming from because the proof will be on Saturday night. That's that's where you're going to see if what I as they're calling vintage connor but I actually think it's. It's new and improved conner. If conner was to fight the Guy Guy to be Eddie Alvarez now connor is connor would win. While so it's it's it's been pretty incredible these last couple of months and it's it's it's been a him first of all the siding not using willpower or any doubt nonsense just the citing. He was going to come back and and be a certain way and then he just started doing it. And it's it's been going on. I feel actually almost a year ago talking to you a little bit about this. He started back with chromebooks Jim almost a year ago now maybe even longer and he did that am Easter Holiday Exhibition. And since then it hasn't taken you know. We had the unfortunate setback with the hand. But he still gets training two legs. You know that's anime. animate training is not about avoiding. Injuries is about managing injuries so he just worked around us and them. Now it's been clean. It's being healthy since August so August or September and looking at that video footage He's just looking amazing. I'm here all. We're all excited excited about it and like I said to coach. Roddy the symbolism of having Phil sutcliffe their Kremlin boxing at the great one. It's a really nice story for you as the head head coach have them in part of it. What was that like when when you first heard that he wanted him to be a part of the camp part of the corner? What did you think of that? I was delighted. Um I told you this today. But actually met Phil because Tom Egan that was the first guy to represent. SPG ORLANDS in in the UFC way back in the day and I believe it was connor APP. Roth Tom to Crumlin boxing gym so I went along for one of the. I think it was a media day. We're doing hit some pods there. Or whatever. And so I met fail. And we're exchanging stories about connor unknown connor at the time and just having a bit of legal about how he is and the gym is obviously. He's being filled for four years at that. Stage are maybe five years Congress about seventy in eighteen and being with Phil for five or six years so would come just joking about that and then I didn't see him again until recently and years later and It's fascinating to be around. The is is understanding on his knowledge of. He's got so many champions in this gym but he's taken from five or six six years of age right shooter career from a novice to an elite. You know to the Olympics or whatever our professional fighting and and so to be around someone like that as almost saying as you can see. We're sitting into Saint said here so I hear week on owns conversation. I love being around. Around experienced coaches to talk about strategies and tactics mindset. And he's just a fountain of knowledge and so you you talked earlier just moments ago about you know maybe words sometimes getting twisted or making these words that you say out to be a bigger deal than they are not and I'm wondering about a particular answer you gave to Oscar Willis of the MAC life recently which I've seen has been in a million different ways where you essentially said you know. We're staying coming out of the way he knows more about fighting. All of us. Combine the coaching staff and the reaction was how could that be the coaches. He's the fighter etc.. Could you explain what you you meant by that statement. Because it's not often we hear something like that. Yeah we all have to house. We tried to slip in one sentence. That's GONNA get the most fire reaction on. I'm winning. Yes so far. No what I meant was them of course. We structured the trainer program over the last couple of months but when we're talking to him at the fight breakdown is fight his MMA fight IQ. It was incredible the way he can see tendencies in opponents and say okay. Look I think this is going to happen. Let's make some predictions exum because look some fights. NCAA correct the are okay. Well look let's build some of our training around those particular shots and sequences and and his is insight you know is it to eight world champion for a reason. So that's kind of more to pint of US making one hundred and every Monday morning. We got a an A Monday the morning email from connor saying this is the next seven days training. You know. That's that's not really what I meant but I'm glad some journalists able to make a few articles out of videos and and I hope you made a few dollars out of it a few quid might get. I might. I might give them another another few L. Few little headlines over the next few days so that they can right a few more of those type of turtles perfect. Everyone loves that And so when the idea of one seventy was brought to the table when he decided on one seventy because ultimately ultimately was his call. Were you in favor of this Yes yes I was. Yeah now it's been a while. Well well it's just one less thing to worry about this fight if you look at Donald particular opponent I don't I there's probably going to be around ten pounds into difference on the night. That would be my guess. It's maybe a little bit more. And of course Donald is going to attempt a takedown on to use a grappling game. And it doesn't it's not like he has has a skill set of it. You know Olympic level wrestler. Or something like that. It's going to be. I think one and the striking exchanges and the way is not as is important. Air Does Not does not that big a difference so why have why have either of them you know so freeing to try and make away and then to go back to bean around about ten pounds difference on fight night regardless historically connors fighting guy on a long winning streak. He's fighting a champion he's fighting Legend he's fighting on although it may whether Eddie average champion. This isn't one of those cases. There's no title on the line. He's not a champion in fact ceremonies coming off two you straight losses in which he was stopped. Does this feel big for you. Like the there's no real stakes other than coming back and maybe proving the doubters wrong does this feel like a fight that is worthy of the connor comeback or. Did you want him to fight. A bigger name Probably if few questions you're going to ask me especially when we start getting onto predictions and stuff we'll have to say amounts or so get it out of the way now to explain okay that we're I realized early on we focused. I didn't have the vocabulary that I'm gonNA use now but was definitely what we were doing that we were focusing on systems Rotterdam discreet goals. So if you look at the elbow fight where he dropped that with a few days as notice on Monday step in if we had to be in focused very on a discrete goal of every goal. Orientated the B. L. that would've been kind of disastrous because it was a new noon name a new opponent a new style. Everything was different and you know you. You know the story of me. Santa cars change and he said they're all the same I. The reason I'm being was that his his his training was systems. Orientated I think later on on especially for the mayweather fight. We became very goal. Orientated even hurt himself saying his goal was to beat the Pity Shell system and then some the More I think it's called Mexican style system And he will be able to adjust into contests are that whereas in the past look at example beating beating Mendis on a couple of days notice a very very different style opponent because we were systems orientated. Not Goal orientated. So that's what I feel. We return to so. I don't think it really matter to was across Austa cage because connor is one hundred percent systems orientated. Now you see it in the interview here in his words on the way to training as being it didn't matter to me. I find it amazing. How people are talking about Donald thrown as though he's fighting someone that's number one you know he's fighting CNN punk or something like that? This is the guy that has so many records in in the UFC. So so bad. Is it complementary awards. Conner's ability that that's the kind of way he's been spoken about someone that's been so active. Even period of time that connors being inactive I am but Donald is a phenomenal opponent. Great anime fighter great. All rounder houses has a skill sets. This is this is a great fight. It is a great fight and it's kind of in my opinion why I thought it was perfect for his return. It's a good fight to return to you. Know you're not jumping into the deep when you're fighting a guy with a resume with those kinds of records who's respected the winningest fighter even. That's funny isn't it. Like a top five for the last couple of years. SIRONI crony yeah. Yeah and it's not defend isn't that it's kind of funny that show. Where's your losses yet? Now I get it I get it. Yeah I just don't think he looked down. I was at that fight where he fought just them and he he didn't he didn't look great physically going into that fight and I think I wouldn't seventy. He looks a hell of a lot better so I think it's going to be much better fight than if he was down at won't fifty dollars. One seventy seventy plus a five round fight do you have concerns about the cardio. No not at all yeah. Training is being. The training has been unbelievable. I know I've people are getting tired of hearing me. Say it's the best connor ever. But when he's in this mindset five five arouses five. That's not the issue. The system was the issue. The system is being fixed. And whether that's thirty second fight or twenty five minute fight. The system is right. Result will be right when you hear him talk about three fights maybe even four fights in two thousand twenty. What do you think possible? I think it's great. I think it's great I love being in this mindset. He's he's kind of Twenty nine team is almost like a year's years training I know twenty twenty should be a year competing so you know As long as obviously there's no injuries picked up. Why now why not? Why not right load a few? I think it would make sense for. I'll say here you go. Here's still be delegated. Some okay okay. I'm sure it'd be about. Hey hearing this. But let's say for example the next Justin just to pull an example. There's fight Justin at one seventy. I don't really see the point and I'm going to one fifty five for a belt with him just about one seventy ish. So what's the point. The boat arriving on fight week one seventyish spending a few days trying to get down weight weighing in a dead the next day being about one seventy is just like the hassle of a Waco. Is that who you WANNA go. It's bizarre it's bizarre that we use that language. Oh that's his natural weight on fifty five. No it's not. No it's not. What seventy is is natural way? And I'd imagine someone like Justin is not far off one. Seventy one seventy five or something and wait so just natural weights unless it's something major like a fight love. I won't fifty five pound belt contested on seventy really but besides sites that I don't what was the need. What is it? What would be the point and it would mean he'd be able to compete more often this year? That's what people WANNA see. Let's be honest. Is that your way of saying you WanNa get you next no. It was my way of explaining that I don't see the point pudding ways and give maybe somebody someone could get a good arch clarita but it was just a kid the again a focus on systems rather than specific goals discreet goals fight just and fight master towel densify could be that would be very discreet. Goals rather than the system is Rebecca the gym next week we stay healthy. Stay training at a good pace weeks. Keep eating right. We stay around about that one seventy Late and so that he could make. Obviously we've done one seventy two hundred fifty five and less than ten days in the past so he could make that a neighbor. Love it if the lightweight belt was was offered and but we can we can route. Let one seventy pound fights and in the meantime what any stress on the you know physiologically neurologically distress of of coding of cutting the weight is not part of how much you expect them to weigh on Friday. I'll say one six nine okay because people were freaking out about him saying to me on Friday the low one sixty s so that would be just a pound under the one seventy one seventy one for a non title fight. But that's not all that worried about before will end on the prediction. But I just want to ask you because you're so in tune with this I mean you're there you have the gym here with the people the I'm f all that stuff. Obviously I read a lot. I listened to a lot and I hear a lot and I see people right to me about you. Know what he means to the Irish people. What he doesn't doesn't mean to the Irish people as popularity and whatnot? Do you feel like the Irish people have turned on him. Don't support him as much. Do you think this will be a different scene on Saturday. Because it's always been great seeing the turnout out for him in Las Vegas You know it is just out Christmas i. I don't know how many many people are going to travel allows as for his us for defeating swords him in Ireland's and I don't take people being mean on twitter all all that series because I don't really believe twitter to be real life my experience of Ms in Dublin and I go into the shops or walking down the street and it's just you know people beeping their horn waving over people Russian and for for pictures and wishing those look on our next fight and and that's where my energy energy goes and that's what my focus is not on on a couple of meanings on on twitter fair enough. I'm inclined to say this feels like a new connor because of the way he was when I when I saw him on Friday but again you've known him long before any of this. Do you recall the last time he was this relaxed this happy. This zen like it was really we something to see and to feel that energy. Do you recall the last time he was like that day in and day out. No this this this is a this is new for me. The level of structure in his life. Now it's like You know he's he's already won nowadays always Mama two children. And he's very he's very settled in everything he's doing now and that means yes full. Focus on What he wants to do and what he wants to do is competed anime and it just emanates from this Calmness calmness this contentment with everything around them on a very rewarding. And it's very relaxing. I'm actually I was I. I was taken about Goldman onto this interview. I was more nervous coming onto this interview and trying to give good answers Diana that the fight on Saturday. That's that's that's that's actually honestly true. My God I don't know if I should take that as a compliment or not. But that's an incredible statement. Considering what's happening on Saturday. I appreciate that honesty. Let's see let's end with the prediction. How does it end if I may if I may give a quick shout please You know about our AH warrior. Training Program Buy Com W. W.. Yes and we have four seasons starting at the end of this month and between the four seasons in Cork Mark Taylor Moore and Belfast. We had over five hundred applicants for. And that's that's a little knock on effect obviously the McGregor affect but that's that's kind of what he's doing. Well you know there's a five hundred people get involved in amateur anime seasons a wimp a wimp two warrior starting all over the world and then own on talking about him injecting energy in today amateur scene in America. It's kind of a credible. Yes come out of this little team in Dublin. Oh maybe he's the one that's going to offer structure to the entire are amateur. Mac and then in the US and then my own little world warrior training program that really taken off globally as well. That's kind of cool bill so I just want to give a shout out to all the people who are doing to try outs. At the moment I wished in the very best I look forward to train them with them. As the season progresses and by the NASA website for women to Warrior Royer DOT COM and the number two to our dot com at number two two Aria Dot Com. I prefer the term Warrior Warrior Training Program. But it's width warrior at Dot Com and the seasons in in Tristar Gym or seasons in Melendez Japan Dan. It's an all at the top gyms around the world and it's only grown. I think there's about fifty seasons running annually now will lead and it's grown so jump on their of your gym owner or your interesting experience of of animated transformational effect mentally and physically want a review of testimonials at sea. It's see it's for you Anyway we'll we'll leave it at that They did the prediction. The prediction is that the the systems is. What's GonNa win this fight and a cool calm collected Conor McGregor with no mistakes? It's going to be beautiful fight as again I. I love watching by the various. I almost every time I watch it. I think up something new and this is a fight. I believe it will be studied for a long time as well and wetter dots. Connor catching them in a guillotine and the first two minutes or knocking at the twentieth. ninetieth minute I don't see that as important as the method that the fight goes the systems used within the fight so I predict a a beautiful destruction. I like it. We'll leave it at that. That's an interesting take on the prediction. A bit of unique one but I like it very much. Ah had nostalgic feelings going up and down my body all show long now doing the show. You know it's been a long time that we've had a chance to feel this way about a connor fight eight and the buzz. That is to come this week. It feels like two thousand sixteen and fifteen all over again. I know we all kind of long for that. That was a really fun. Time in the sport from the media perspective. Coaching Perspective Fighting Crisp. It was just a lot of fun to to be a part of it so this has been a really fun day and it's perfect and with you and you know the tradition is two fold. I just want to say you know. It's always been two full all. That's always been the Monday before and the Monday after the victory so I just WanNa put you on the spot here and hope that we get stuck and next week a big week for you to with Dylan in Bella toward orange. The train rolls along so nice to have you on nice to see the whole team. Everyone was so nice and welcoming to me on on Friday and I really appreciate that nice to see the addition of a Dj Ej. Well that's a long ways from the barn back in the day in Thank you so much John guys this week and of course. Good luck on Saturdays. Well thank you sir. All right we'll talk to you soon. There he is the one and only the head coach over at Sba Ireland the Great John Cavanaugh ending as we should on the Monday before a conor McGregor fight. So here we are. The Monday is over. I hope you enjoyed the show. I hope you had fun. I hope it brought back some nostalgic feelings as well. Maybe maybe if you're flying to Las Vegas for this fight maybe for one of those people. I hope that you are able to watch this. And maybe perhaps you are a little more excited about what's to come on Saturday. Saturday can tell you I am. I really am and by the way we gave you some celebrity predictions the most important prediction of the mall from my mom. Texted it to me. She said Conor McGregor prediction so they take us the favorite after all but mom knows weighing in as well what a great day. What a great time to be alive? What what a way to start the two thousand twenty year as far as the UFC concern appreciate everyone who watches today's program and I hope you'll watch our coverage read our coverage? Listen were coverage all week long. Starting tomorrow in Las Vegas thank you very much dominant crews get well soon. Thank you very much Eddie Alvarez looking forward to his return as well thank thank you very much and good luck to Anthony Pettis. Good luck to Conor McGregor on Saturday as well. Thank you very much to him. Thank you to Owen. Roddy and coach John Cavanaugh. And of course good luck to Roxanne Monastery might very if you missed anything. Of course you can check it out on our youtube page apple podcasts. spotify Google play all those places and more. He is back for for the first time since October of two thousand eighteen Saturday night. UFC Two forty six only on ESPN plus pay per view Conor McGregor against Donald Sironi. We'll be back next next week. Talk about the same time a place to tell that I say peace. I'm Outta here thirty one now. Do you think is fighting forty. I think it's worth Ronnie is water law in the locker room. Ow God is going to win. You know I I think that this is his redemption story. I got Surani going to be a great fight. Two of my personal favorites I got connor winning by knockout in the second I think he's found his edgy again. I think he has a chip on his shoulder from his last loss. I feel like I'm not I WANNA say back to you. I was but I'm even better than who I want. You know. Everyone says Oh we missed the at the two thousand sixteen fifteen or whatever it was connor. Does I got cowboy. Winning the fight via finished fourth or fifth round and this is a very very good match up to one hundred seventy pounds and both these guys are just average is report fresh shop fast night. Dangerous powerful full of energy. I kinda waiting. I'M GONNA have to go with my countrymen Burger. I think I think he's looking sharp. He's looking fluid seems to be in good mental space conlon's on people when he lands clan on Sironi. It's it's GonNa be it's GonNa be an early night McGregor versus Donald Surani. People didn't like this fight when it was first announced but I I I loved it. Amazing how people are talking about Donald Thrown stogies fighting punk or something like that. This is the guy that has so many records Tampa forever and always etched in stone coming off a lawsuit could be but I still got him coming back and going PIPPA care. I have McGregor in this one. If all of us as fans watching get hit third fourth and fifth round this is Albany. Get really fun with the cowboys. Ronnie I think conners able to get it not within three. Then he couldn't have picked another guy cowboy grow up guy that's every deserves a shot and respective and I'm telling you for both guys. How do you stop talking about?

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"Before we get started with today's showed that any of you see that tweet. That Lebron James sent out congratulating Conor McGregor on Saturday night as a basketball anime fan. I gotta say say that really warmed my heart so if you enjoyed that moment as much as I did you might also like the next episode of the low post. podcast where my guy. Zach Lowe will have on Lakers beat reporter. Dave McMenamin to talk about Lebron's Lakers and a job. Well done by rookie head coach. Frank Focal so if you want to check that out you can find on the low post podcast wherever you're listening to this show right now. Today's episode of Area Who WanNa show contains explicit language that may not be suitable for all audiences listener discretion is advised and gentlemen them too. Yeah back in your life on this Monday January twentieth two thousand and Twenty Twenty Hogan everyone marijuana welcome back to the program. I'm excited about today's show back from Las Vegas Dare I say since I joined joined. ESPN in June of two thousand eighteen. That was the most fun. Fight Week that I've ever had. I've only been here around eighteen months but still that was incredibly fun. Got There Tuesday night all the way till Sunday. It was amazing. Doing all the shows sportscenter in Ireland. The bad guy there and the radio shows and the coverage and the media days as and the and the press conferences. All that stuff was just amazing. It was just such a such a fun time and it was amazing to see like how the whole thing worked just to see the muscle behind it all. It was just an absolute blast. And of course the big news conor McGregor victorious. The notorious was victorious. Forty second win over Donald Sironi when he defeated him in the first round via. TKO unbelievable sequence starts out incredibly fast reminiscent almost of the muzzle atkin fight almost Russia's into him Overshoots his shot hits them with the knee. Hits them with the shoulder strikes then the like The the head kick and then the strikes at the end. I thought it actually went ten seconds too long to be honest but Surani dental land a single punch. He out struck him. Nineteen to nothing in significant strikes second-fastest Asas win of Conor McGregor. As you have see career the fastest of course the thirteen second knockout of Josie Aldo and in doing so he becomes the first fighter in UFC history to score finishes in the one forty five one fifty five and one seventy pound divisions. Isn't that incredible. And all the talk that maybe he was too small for one seventy or that. It was a miscalculation to fight at one. Seventy absolutely not true at least on this night and it was good to see him back on top unfortunately for Donald Surani. He didn't do much to redefine his legacy. This was an opportunity to shed some of that. You know he doesn't win the big one he doesn't isn't he doesn't rise to the occasion when the spotlight is on him the most it was reminiscent of his title loss to Rda around four and a half years ago he lost that fight in around sixty sixty seven seconds and it just seemed like he just wasn't there in fact not only did he not redefine Alexi. He almost reinforced the legacy. which is unfortunate for him because of course he is one of the all time greats and winning is fighter in UC history and most bonuses and finishes and all this stuff? But I just did not show up on Saturday This was all about connor from start to finish and now once again he has all the momentum he has all the leverage she has all the options uh-huh and we wonder who can be next for him is it. Mazda is a nate. Is it the winner of Habib Ferguson. By the way I is fighting on April eighteenth at least as of right now. We stopped disrespecting respecting this guy. And just talking about Habib like it's a foregone conclusion that he's GonNa win that fight. I mean really the guys on the twelfth winning streak. We stopped disrespecting him but it could be the winner of that fight. And please let's not entertain the boxing stuff anyway. I think that it's always more exciting. It's always more interesting when connors around when he's winning running it's even more so than that and so we see where he goes from here but what if week that was. He was on his best behavior. The entire time phenomenal week for him from from the moment that we saw him what what Wednesday just was gracious was was happy to be there was appreciative. was grateful on his best. Behavior was cool towards Sarony cool towards him afterwards for its towards his grandmother. Not Much to complain about and we wonder now if the narrative back home in Ireland will be that the fans are starting to jump back on the proverbial bandwagon for him. And when can he return. Will it be. Before the summer's he told me so much on this program today. We're GONNA be talking all things to forty six throughout the entire show. Many different perspectives. It was a fun night in Las Vegas from top to bottom and we got a lot to discuss. Let's get into the lineup. And then we shall get to our first guest of the day who had a phenomenal night as well at three forty as you probably guess. We'll be joined by CONOR McGregor head. Coach Sean Cavanagh. We have not heard much of or I should say from John. Cavanaugh other than and some tweets. But I'm curious about the game plan of curious about those shoulder strikes and if you thought it would go down there remember on Monday of last week. He said beautiful destruction. That's what and he predicted. And I think I think that qualifies as Beautiful Destruction Conor McGregor manager Audie Atar. Who's been by his side threat? What is entire? UFC run will join us at three twenty five curious to get his perspective on the business side of things where he goes from here all that stuff and more three. Oh five the man who was in attendance sitting in the front row with adverse achieve receivers Saatchi robe for him at all. See what I did there with the song receivers such as He will join us once again to get we'll get get his thoughts on what transpired and in particular connors comments about him afterwards. Judo Bor had a huge win. At you have to forty six against Nasrat huck past cost and I'm looking forward to talking to him. First Time that we've ever had job I do believe on the show also play by the way my interview with Congress in the Locker Room in case you missed it. So I'm looking forward to that Brian. Kelleher Boom Kelleher longtime friend of the program had a massive win over O.`day. Osborne got bumped to the main card after the Alexa Grasso versus Cadila fight got bumped off the card because Grasso miss wait. So what an opportunity for him to shine and he did so winning via submission. We'll talk to holly home at a two. Oh five about her big win over cal. Pennington Diego Fajita had an amazing victory over Anthony. Pettis subbed him very nice and now he's one six and and six in a row so a guy who's been new since two thousand fourteen all of a sudden streaking. These days Michael Best Bang will join us at around one forty talk about his book. That's coming out in the United States dates this week tomorrow to be exact. Also he was with me all week long annoying me quite a bit. If I'm being honest but we'll get his thoughts on what Connor McGregor did in Las Vegas. Kevin Finley will join US found out last week. He'll be headlining March fourteenth card in Brazil against Islam Mafia. But first let us say hello to our first guest most of the day. What a performance by that woman? Roxanne Motto Ferry. Everyone wrote her off. She was a massive underdog. Going to fight against macy. Barbara and all she did was beat. macy Barbara Hand macy Barbara her very first defeat inner pro-career and there she is the one and only the Happy Warrior Roxanne Modify Roxanne. Congratulations thank you so much for joining us having me on. Oh it's so great to talk to you. Everyone was writing you off. The odds. Were very much against you. Everyone thought this was just one step on the ladder that macy was climbing on route to becoming the youngest champion in. UFC history. We we've talked about you being just so nice and gracious in the epitome. Adamy of what a martial artist should be but deep down inside all that talk just kind of dismissing you an og a veteran of the game. Did it bother you that talk fuel you did you WANNA prove the doubters wrong and I'm always the underdog you know so I just have to focus on myself and be confident in myself and go get it. How confident offer to where you going into this particular fight? I felt great. I felt very confident coach. John Wooden made a great game. Plan for me you know. Move a lot a lot of INS and Out You know. Try to split her strikes you know head out to the side do a lot of uh split straits and it worked really well. You mentioned that you know you're always the underdog and I get that but in this particular fight it really did feel like you're being set up to be a stepping stone for her. You even pay you even hear that stuff or are you that focus on the fight itself that at this point in your career all that is just same old same old. I don't know I I don't really. I didn't really feel us. It was great opportunity for me. We ought to fight strong up and comer. She's tough. I respect very much. So it's okay whoever okay. Her father told Brenna Komodo yesterday today that he believes and they believe that she injured her her knee in the first ten seconds of the fight. When did you realize that she was an injured fighter that her leg was? Actually you know compromised in the second round When I she she was doing a very good job blocking my punches Che's with her face especially in the second round? I hit her with a great job. She went down and cried out. I thought that was odd. You know but I keep fighting and then between rounds two and three Dr Tim looked at her. And my coach said you know keep it stand keep standing and I hit her. I was trying to keep standing down so I thought okay. Let's go down. Wait a second. Was that Roxy Trash talk that we just heard. I think that's the first time I ever heard you sort of trash talk. Same fact so do do you buy the notion that she injured herself in the first ten seconds or do you think they're trying to take something away from your performance. No I don't think it was the first ten seconds I think it was you know when I hit her in the second round. She's steps and went down. Funny I think it was the the accident. You Know Steph was the actor not the bunch and there was a moment with the the doctor afterwards where he he says in the corner that he believes she had a partially harshly torn. ACL were you aware of any of that talk. Were you aware that she was that injured. I didn't hear any of that. I just knew that was bothering her. And you know never wants to cross my mind kick the leg you know. I think you know some people and I was going to take advantage of the mobility issue. But he didn't really want a huge injury like that's really for anybody right. And why didn't you want to attack that. At the end of the this is a fight in you. You win a fight by inflicting damage. You see that she's injured. Why not zero in on that like I didn't really think thoughts during the fight but now I'm reflecting I? One of my philosophies as martial artist is to win fights without causing pain so that's why I loved you just so you can choke. Oh come they go to sleep or they tap out so I mean it just didn't occur to me like I wanted to punch face no in house Kinda still the plan standing do some striking. Then she went down so I just kept going with that and she was still pretty partial. She refers me you know so she still had a lot fight in. She was dangerous so I said afterwards towards still pleased with my performance I still had to Karcher that victory of course and I think a lot of people respect that out of you that you didn't zero in on on that I said afterwards that okay. Maybe the doctor didn't stop the fight but considering how injured she was and how much pain she appeared to be in that her corner should to stop the fight. Live to fight another day. You're young fighter. What's the point? It just seemed like she was having a hard time standing. Do you feel as someone who's been around the sport. Do you feel like that's something that should be done more and in in particular fewer in our corner would you have suggested to stop the fight. No she's warriors. Let her go out on her shield. You know I really respect her for that unite. No she was is an obvious pain but she was still fighting his heart she could saying she was fine which was alive but I would do the same exactly really went. He likes to stand up but he's still like saw his heart as he could on the ground like that. That's what this is a sport but it's also battle so I really respect her for that even if she had a partial tear and then became a full tare here because she kept finding she could have reduced her time off. You got to win anyway. Whatever happens in there? You just have to win any way. You're you're tired you're broke many. Just that's the way it goes you know there's L. or w on your record like you have to win anyway. When you found out that it was a full tarrant she's going to need surgery surgery and be out for nine months? Would you feel I felt like man. That's shame for her. But that's the game you know. Actually yeah too bad. I wish her a speedy recovery. And that's all you corrected me last week. I think you said that there should should be. I think four more fights on your record two. That was your fifty fourth pro fight if my math is crappy forty forty fifty. Got The numbers mixed up their forever. Would you say that was one of your best performances when your best ones maybe even in the UFC was that your your best one in the UFC man. It's hard to say. That's what my coaches are telling me. Okay I had a pretty great throwdown with Nico. I had great form. It's against barb. I mean I don't know though. What do you think I mean I think considering the stakes considering you know the stage considering what she had done going into that fight I think it was? Oh I do want to say something I really felt letting I reached a new level with my striking like I often feel very stiff and stuff in there and kind of Jerky by really felt more. Fluid had my feet under me and balance. I felt like I leveled up for sure though. I'm excited about that. Who's responsible for that John? My head coaches ages head coach. John would also add the striking coach. Aj Matthews working lot with both of them so thanks to them also Lorenzo my strength conditioning. Coach he's been having me do a lot. The INS and outs and pushing off hearts. I felt like when I was pushing off. You know with my seat. I had long distance and I'm getting stronger. So thanks guys. I remember when we spoke. Get tough finale. After your your first stint in the UFC. And I think I've taught my head. I think the date was November thirtieth of maybe two thousand and thirteen. I'm just doing soft Mahanama Roxie but I remember talking to afterwards and you were disappointed you were also happy that you got finally in the AFC right and and of course you took some time outside of the U. C.. You came back and now you're doing what you're doing now. Are you exceeding your expectations like did you not think that at some point where you'd like. Okay this is just my the story and maybe it won't involve that. I will have done a lot of great things but maybe it won't involve some wins and a nice run in the UFC. Is this in a weird way almost surprising you as well. I don't know if I really had expectations other than my opponents making weight which twice rotely sucked. I'm just you know I have my goals and I'm still working towards them but I'm able to look back and be proud of myself I have accomplished does it. Does kind of make you laugh that after all these years people still do do almost judge your book by its cover still. Don't give you the respect the respect that you deserve. It's funny I. I'm reading the underground and read it and comments informs the stuff in you know a lot of people are still like Oh. She's so weakened athletic. And she sucks Blah Blah Blah Blah. Then a lot of people people are you know giving me credit for my gross and saying that I looked better in No more strong and I don't know I guess it just depends and I'm just focusing myself and I'm you told us last week that you're you're coach from Japan was in attendance or was going to be in attendance. What did he say to afterwards? After that fight on on that stage was cool. I'm so happy that he was there. WHO's on yeah? He got to go and and he was saying that I inspired him. Everything we've in the past you. Actually he did. Maybe if you're really good he said everything that happened in the past led up to this this moment you know because he was with me when I was winning and then when I wanted my losing streak you know. He cornered me in London. Okinawa like all over the place so he was there and he saw that and he said like nothing that you did Roxanne was wasted. Everything added up to this moment. Where I got to see you on this big stage having this? I'm so proud of you that utterly like well. Yeah I mean I think that newer fans might not even know not that long ago. You aren't a six fight losing streak I mean you could acquit. You could have walked away. You said I'm done into see you doing this. Now is is is truly an amazing story. Now how do you build off of this right because you've had in the a loss of winnow. How do you go on a streak? Now what do you need to do to actually string a few together. You're just GONNA keep training every day improving everything you know. My digits do my wrestling mice Turkey my elbows. How awesome coaches keep getting stronger and hopefully might lose miss? Wait a make way. I really haven't lost the anyone who's made weight in the past several years right. I the freight if anybody in the flyweight division you know. Bring him on. I'll take your veterans I'll take your up and comers I'll take anybody in the world but I'm a hard worker so you know I can. I'll get the job done Damon together. I think I saw you at the official win. You stuck around to see if she would make but she. I think she was the second to last person to show up. Were you getting nervous. I I was getting worse. I really wanted to go eat Vasic man I really WanNa Watch. Make sure she makes wait so then I should say oh there she is so I went over with the sands the fan section and then when when she made way we all cheered voice. I think I saw you off to the side was a different fighting on a connor hunter card like did you feel like the spotlight was greater. Did you feel like it was. It was more intense. I'm not sure really cool to have the spot brought that I had. It was the last night on the ESPN cards. That's pretty cool. And I was very honored like in Media Day. There was a long line of reporters to talk to me. I was like all and excited about that. So yeah I guess they're more hybrid more media from here but that's cool and I'm not I'm not well-versed in this stuff. Can you explain what you were wearing the inspiration behind it the the hair and all that. What does that from was that dragging ballsy? I'm I'm not sure how much detail I should go into. But you know the hairstyle represents my power level okay on the M represents like a more aggressive like killer instinct kind of thing and I had this plan I would like it was a sticker right so I have it in my hand like power up in like a hand on my face and it would be on my face now a show. I like power. The killer instinct. And then Actually dropped the snicker was like trying to like they make it seem cool. Stuck in my head is but it's still it's cool and I still was able to show by worsen my my power level and those of you out there what I'm talking about. Wow so you can't really tell us the full story is this like an insider thing. Whoa I feel like on on the outside of an inside joke here? Not a joke thing. I'm like I'm not cool but is it from a show. Wow why so secretive. Oh you were wearing it really okay. All right well I don't WanNa get you in trouble. We'll leave it at that all right. I'm sorry I just wanted to know I was curious. I wanted to be too by the way they announced this morning. That the viewership on the prelims peaked for your fight. One point nine million viewers were. Were watching that fire. That's pretty amazing. Isn't that incredible. Everything's GonNa Change for you now. You're a superstar or do you know how many fans sent me pictures of their betting tickets that they one hundred dollars on my fight while Lockin. I say your will go. Oh my gosh. You're the best. Did you say anything to macy afterwards. Yeah I said I'm sorry actually. During the fight I accidentally people during the fight but when she went down I accidentally set it up. I'm sorry but it was more like I have to keep eating. I hated that her leg was injured and she said No. It's okay it's hard the game then we kept punching each other After the fight I said you know you will be champion someday. Believe that is she's talented. She's a hard worker. You got injured but you know I did win the fight. You really did feel bad like in the in the middle of the fight. You're feeling bad about the state of her like. Yeah yeah that's amazing it really is and how did you feel about her taking the microphone before you got to speak mixed feelings. So she she said it was an honor to fight me and cool and then she said she wasn't embarrassed by because it made me shine or something and I was like did teach us this mirror. She just young now the benefit of the doubt. Whatever I mean I won the fight and I I believe that you know? Even if she hadn't been injured her leg would have taken the fight. I was beating her in the first round. Anyway so I don't know I think the intentions were good but but I feel like in that moment. The winner should speak I. Yeah all right to her. But she's young. How quickly do you want to return? I always WANNA fight sooner. So whenever the U. OF C. Deems it goods for me to come in these call again. I'll be ready. I'm I'm uninjured. Just my nose is swollen and who we want new roxy. She calls people allow out. She talks smack venom vitriol. Who Do we want? Anybody will make way lineup. I'll take them down okay. It doesn't matter just make wait. Elbows are waiting for you Roxie. Congratulations so great. And of course we have to fan fantasy off here with the happy warriors signed. I mean this thing is going to be worth a lot of money one day when you go into the UFC hall of fame for all the great things that you are about to do. I'm so proud to have this. So congratulations great. Great to have you on last week and this week how about this back to back appearances for you Roxie. This is amazing. Congratulations on the enjoy. The victory there she is Roxanne modifier giving us the thumbs up corporate. Jacob can hear you you got me nervous there. I thought that was the world great win for her are some factoid if you want some twenty four and seventeen three and four and the UFC this courtesy of my good pal. Andrew Davis of SIG STATS AND INFO group here at ESPN. She closed at a plus five fifty. According to these seizures sportsbook the second largest just underdog to cash in the since two thousand eighteen come a worthy was a plus six fifty when he defeated Davonte Smith a UFC two forty one scored. The I knocked down against macy Barbara Outlandish Barbara and total strikes one twelve to twenty five according to UFC stats and ten ground passes against Barbara One. The four women women excuse me to have ten plus ground passes in a fight Tatyana Suarez. Did it twice fleas heritage and Rosena Munis. The fight with Barbara was the second second-largest age gap for a women's fight and UFC history. Five thousand seven hundred and sixteen days between them may see Barbara was just five five years old. When Roxanne Montazeri made her debut an absolute legend of the game and nice to see her? Get that victory all right. So that's it's one story that transpired Saturday night and amazing that all those people were watching. Roxanne modifier do that. I spoke actually briefly to macy Brenner. Father yesterday. On on the phone she appeared to be down but try to remain positive. She did the first thing that she said was well. Maybe now my prediction of being the youngest the youngest champion new see history might not come true. I told her that a wise man once said the best laid plans of mice. Men often go awry and this is just the way the career it goes but at the end of the day twenty one years young and having these start to her you of secret that she had pretty darn impressive and so losing to someone like Roxanne is is nothing to hangar. Your head down about and she'll be able to return. The layoff is obviously the biggest bummer. The loss would just be the loss and that would be disappointing joining in its own right but now having to go under the knife they haven't decided yet by the way where they will do the surgery and they're being told around nine months or so of recovery. But I do. I do believe leave that the fight should have been stopped. Not so much by the doctor and I don't know I'm not a doctor by the way I don't know how you can tell if it's a partial tear or a full tear. How do you determine that I really have no idea? How do they actually know conductors? Actually tell without doing. I don't know but I will just say if if I were her corner. And she has a very very experienced and respected corner. Duke Rufus Been Aspirin to name a couple. I would've just stopped the fight going into the third they know. Oh she's tough and I respect the fact that they have that opinion I feel like I can have my opinion as well live to fight another day. What if it was a partial tear and then it went to a full tear? What if that happened right? It just made things worse. It did not look like she was going to be able to turn things around. And there's the case we made that. If you kept the fights that I thought was really smart for Roxanne to take the fight to the ground. Because if she was standing essentially on one leg you can still land haymaker if you're on the ground it's very hard to to use your leg which you need leverage to get out of the scrambles to try to get back on on your feet shrimp all that stuff. It's very tough and so to take the fight to the ground. I I actually thought it was a brilliant move on Roxanne's Party some people say she's should've kept the fight standing and we've seen people with injured legs you you know score some some pretty big haymakers so that made sense. I'm just saying if I were her corner. I would just said let's just lift lift another day. Let's just move on at this point. You're clearly injured. You're in a lot of pain. And so much respect for her her toughness her heart Her desire all that stuff to keep on going was amazing but was there any point. Twenty one years young you got a whole career ahead of you just live to fight another day. That's what I would do. I know that's all part of the culture in our sport for whatever reason I think it's more a part of the culture in boxing One of my theories is the the the show win pay structure. If you know how much you're GonNa make going in and you know it's the full amount upfront. You don't have to worry as a cornerman. You don't worry about taking half of the purse away. One hundred one hundred percent think that that comes into play have asked coaches if that comes into play. You don't want your fighter to come back. Ah You rob me a fifty percent of my pay. It's an awkward thing to think about. That's not as prevalent. That model isn't as prevalent in in boxing. Now I'm not saying that's one hundred percent why they didn't make that decision but I do think that is something that comes to mind when you know the fight is is playing out. I just feel like it was very clear that she was not going to be able to rebound so why not. Why not just lift another day anyhow? That's the story. Show rebound bound. Roxanne wins everyone was very happy for her. And I'm sure all the people who placed the bet on her work extremely happy for her and so now we'll see when macy she returns and who runs and gets matched up with next in a matter moments we're going to be joined by. Kevin Lee the loan to forty six related guests on this show Las Week. It was announced that he'll be headlining. The March Fourteenth Brasilia Card Against Charles. L. Vera which is a great fight. But if I'm being honest I'm a little disappointed. It's not as much next. So let's ask him about that. If you want to know how Kevin Lee fits into all of this. Let's ask him right. Now Kevin Kevin. How are you going area? I'm good how you doing. I'm doing great. I have an issue with you Kevin. I have a bone to pick with you. Go ahead that I'm not on. Hey that's all yo people. It's not about the skype. I have an issue with you that okay because I'm set up I'm set up. I want you to know that. No it's all good man. I know these things happen. I'm just happy to have you on the show. Here's my issue my issue is. Why aren't we fighting Islam? MAFA chip you seem to want it. He seemed to wonder why. Isn't this happening. This this is like like the one fight and UFC history. where I feel like both you guys continue to say you want it? It doesn't happen for some reason I'm with you on that I sat down there with them for for over nine hours trying to convince them to give me that fight For some reason the the UFC. You know what I mean. They just don't like to fight that that's kind of what it came down to. I mean all the fans are with it. Are you know he's with it. I'm with it For some reason the USC but they just don't like the fight they they think He he's not a big name. Oh you don't draw enough and they want me bigger fights so I told him I only take this Charles all the verify if I get on next and and we're trying to make that happen in June in Russia so to me when when they kind of pitched the Russia idea me Islam headline in that way. It kind of made me okay. I'll back off from them in. Okay get this money from Charles I but do they give you reason why they don't want this I mean to me is it. They wanted to have some more experienced. That that's what they say into me is is they. Don't WanNa see me way beyond like let's let's be honest here It it pretty much straight Outta Sean Shelby's so that they they don't WanNa see me do them. They don't WanNa see anywhere so they so they want to They WanNa Kinda stacked against me but it. It's always been away in my career so I'm GonNa and I'm GonNa make this happen and then afterwards I made sure that we're putting it into the contract. Get Islam next is one in Russia and I WANNA headlines. Ah yes there's people in in And then we're really see what's happening. Wow so you put that in writing the the body Masan yet you know so so so they need to go in and get the get the handle because I'm looking to getting this done like the next day or two but yeah I wanted to writing okay. I don't I don't want no more talking. No more you know they. They tried to keep them away from me so I wanted him writing and I wanted to be done And when I signed it then I'm starting to really. I'm signing up for this one in in in in in Brazil against Charles and I'm signing up for for Islam in Russia. How do you feel about going to Brazil to fight a Brazilian it? It is what it is. You know like it ain't GonNa be fun but but I'm GonNa make sure I get it done Charles or somebody he he's he's in his career And he he you know he's looking for a bit come up too so I'm GonNa make sure I'm not that one for him. I'm the one that got to take this. You know I don't get to fight you know I don't get the fight cowboy coming off losses and and in his looking a little Cheney I gotta fight the guy that's coming up in his prime with a whole lot of experience behind them for a whole lot of big names and I gotta take him in his home town and like the most hostile crowds that there is in the world. So I'm going to do this and show again. I'm the man that Ah you know. Really don't give a fuck okay. So we are you saying that From commentary weren't all that impressed with connors went on Saturday. I mean I haven't been in many and you'll see for a minute to be honest with you I I. It's starting to get a little wacky me like most of these guys Yeah encounters up there with it. I mean it was. It was a good little. You know he he got the job done. You got the money but but to me like he he oughta what a guy that was Taylor. Pick for them He handpicked for them. And you know was Cheney you know anytime you go down a shoulder strike you know and it really. It really stained. Thank you and this is how boy. I'm not wondering if people that think cowboy lay down but I yeah if you went down off the shoulder is hurting you. That that means you're gone and they already knew that So so you know. I'm not impressed. I'm not I mean. I'm a little irritated by to be honest with you when I gotta go to the grocery. Oh she store yesterday and hear people talk about you know. Oh he did that the cowboy. Oh he backed Blah Blah Blah. Like come on like we. We really out here really fighting To me I'm I'm really fighting. You know I came back. I had my back fight in November and I took on undefeated. God I didn't I didn't take on somebody. That was way over a little over to heal. So Oh yeah. I'm a little irritated by to be honest with you. Feel like he's getting too much props for this. Yeah I mean I mean. It ain't necessarily his so I really vitamin on that. You know he didn't really celebrate too much I you because you can't celebrate that type of win. How could you like you know what it is? We all know what it is that the general public like they might they might get a kind of sway bodies type things but but to be honest if you a real competitor editor like you know what it is so yeah but there is something to be said for maybe getting your feet wet getting back on track getting a victory that not as a tuneup. Fight fight but a name who maybe isn't a top contender just to get the momentum back right. Isn't that part of the fight game too. Yeah I guess but I just didn't realize what he was doing that in the UFC If we was I didn't get the memo like I don't get I don't get them. You know what I mean like. I ain't realized we was. We was doing tune up fights and you know all these little sake. Shouldn't you know all all of a sudden he he's the guy and I mean he knew in like the fakest Wacky Shit. I'll here All these like I said I ain't been impressed with nobody in for a minute Maybe Israel he's the only one been impressive. But but you know could be wack Tony Ferguson fucking wet Conor McGregor fucking whack poor. Hey they all they all fucking McNamee so you know I don't know wow I'm on a different I. I don't know I'm I'M GONNA different. I'm on a different wavelengths you're fired up you're Noida. Yeah I'm good. I A lot to you but but but but I'm gonNA carry this all the way through the camps and make sure that I take it out on Charles on March fourteen. That's the only that's that's my only focus like the rest of the city can all come and go. Oh that that's my only focus. You're saying you didn't like the Chiro. Come on. I mean that was fly. Come on man. They don't know about the good. The Oh the dressing stars. As any time we see them as like he was like the main one that gets shit like that for for however long and you know the man waited twenty years until you finally get a little spotlight and then that's the way this is what he doing with it. Like come on man. You Ain't got nothing the twenty years besides the grow counter did that shit two to three years ago to a trainer like some. Oh man that's that's that's what are we doing here. Wow were you at the fight. I digress I digress. I think the niners show up to that fight. I you know I ain't seen live yet I did a little something. That's a house with with my people in and we you know we all sat down and we watched it. I ain't going no. I'm not about to sit there and watch that somebody like cowboy because I got respect cowboy and I knew he was going to go down so so you know about the thing about to anybody do that. You didn't want the real fight. If it was a real fight. If he would've fought let let let let. Let's be real. He should have fought me or he should have fought just engage. That should have been the real fight. You know especially when you talk about trying to get a lightweight title back and really trying to compete against the best out there Them should have been one or two fights and they wouldn't that so to me it was wet and I wasn't really about this you you know I watch it at home. Was that even brought your attention. Was this ever really a possible thing that you would be his return fight. It was but I already know like it wasn't going to happen. You know we already know. It wasn't gonNA happen like it from his part is you know it's a business at the end of the day and there's so much to it they don't WANNA lose their cash cow they they don't WanNa they don't WanNa do that yet not yet not yet. It's not happening but not yet in in in. And that's one of my mom's got argue that the real crime of your career is if you have been calling these people up from continental beefed up and it seems like you never get any of these people. We need to try to fix this. Yeah I mean look I'm GonNa keep doing what I gotta do. I gotTa keep taking on the guy that's still on his come up And I'M GONNA keep collecting win streak streets you know Charles on one of the longest streets at lightweight I'm going to collect. Islam is on another huge win streak lightweight so I'm going to collect that one the the rest of these guys I was just all sitting above me. They just want to sit there and they WANNA do I tried to make H. E. Happen. I tried to make I. I try to make so many happened this it anymore on me I'm I'm just being honest with you. You'll see they basically told me they don't WanNa see me win. They don't want us to do so so I gotta do the hardest vice out there. And that's what I'm doing to I really breakthrough to some people and and really show them again. That that I'm look I'm a whole title so I don't give a fuck about none of this as long as I keep doing I gotta do. I'm holding that title. They can. They can talk about who they want to. They can ask me out how ever many conversations that they want to debt doc. Not as you go matter once I get the title so so that's where my head you know how you fix all of this. You get Bernie in the White House. He'll change everything for you. Could do as your guy. That's one of the. That's one of the strangest unions that I've seen in quite some time. Now I'm making big moves moves area. Only only only bigger and better you know they want they want a political board. They gotta get your boy and listen and when I actually do get up there I'm not going. Don't be one of these guys. I ain't nobody else make me. They nobody like I didn't make my name off and nobody else. I made my name and I feel like I'm the only self may do. There's there's GonNa be at the top so you know when you talk about with Bernie and all that like I made that connection happen. I didn't have to go like like Colby. And you know. Sit Down now with Dana and Dana. Like oh please please can you please. Nah Not Anyhow has working i. I'm doing so if you want it. And they want that political fool. What he wants he do actually win? Legible it you know to talk to tremendous stuff Kevin. Thank you very much. Look forward to this fight March fourteenth. I like the Fire Erin you this was. This was a lot of fun. I appreciate you doing it about to go to Joe Ardinger those amazing a great stuff from the The motown feet. I'm himself all right last week. As I said was a great week it was fun week it was it was just such a great honor and pleasure to be working king for ESPN all week long covering such a big event. I would say the highlight of the week was getting to spend some extended time with my old pal Michael Account Account being who likes to take shots at me from time to time likes to go below the belt but I always as a wise woman once said when they aim low. You aim high. I I always aim high when it comes to Michael Biffing and I want to remind you that the best selling book quitters never win is out tomorrow everywhere here. In America it was out in the UK early last year but everywhere in America and I want to zero in on this little recommendation right over here on the front cover right over the right over there. It says quote one of the very best. MMA books ever ridden area Hawaii mixed martial arts reporter for ESPN. What do you think Mike? What do you think I mean listen that for me was the highlight of my career. Never mind being in the hall of fame. At one point the most wins the fact that the grey Owl Hawan excluding. Yeah I mean people talk about as you're truly that is nothing competitive ego smile and for you to the front cover my book. I mean it was just the best vast endorsement that money could ever buy true or false. You had no idea before I told you that I was on the front cover that I was actually on the front cover and deep down inside you actually. I thought you know what who approved us. I don't want this guy on the cover of my book. I was like I can tell. I ain't sell copies of this book people off. I'm like come on. No thank you thanks for the kind words I appreciate it as you said quitters never win came out early in the year in the United Kingdom it very well I got on the Sunday Times Bestseller List and then now tomorrow Abe releases in the United States. Obviously we've changed a lot of things. The publishers wanted to take all the British terms that may the Americans might not know. But it's true if the feedback that I got from. Was Ed very very good. So if you WANNA call and you want a signed copy as well go to Mike Mike Dot Com. I'll be alive signing over facebook. Live or something like that. So my dot com copy get it signed there. You go wonderful wonderful now. We spent the week together and the unfortunate part for me was I was with you all week but then when the was over. I didn't see you anymore. I didn't get your thoughts on anything. I didn't know what you're thinking what you're feeling afterwards. So can you tell me you saw connor do what he did. Forty seconds shoulder strikes. All that stuff. How do you feel about this performance out of Conor McGregor? Listen anybody needed to do. And he did it in style. You can't listen. You can't hey on him when he what he's back he's he's not going to be awfully proud for that performance but ceremony was in a tough spot. Obviously coming back off to to stop bridges a nasty knock-out against gauge and then getting TKO to guess Ferguson Mentally. That's very harsh. I was always a tough problem for him but McGregor went out there. He looked like Jay did got it done in style. You know what I mean so well don't say hey man. I'm looking forward to seeing in the next five will be. We spoke to Kevin Lee. WHO said that? He was impressed by the shoulder strikes. He thought the only indication that came out of that was a cowboy has no chin shoulder strike. Should not hurt you the way they did. Is that an accurate statement. Line ever said that but not if I agree with you. Yes yeah I agree you can show the the face all day long and I will not feel a goddamn thing Okay show I and I said this on the post vice show show. The strikes are annoyance. Okay they're not not a lethal blow and I don't want to hear any crop about homeadvisor training those and the talk that he gets in his shoulder strikes unlike any other coldest. jags no no that is not the case shoulder strategy that somebody does. It's like come on. Can you stop barking. Shouldering me in the face. Because it doesn't hurt so Stan in Utah they give Hamas to the Fi- to the thighs so I listen it was creative inventive. And that's all was available to McGregor in that moment when you did well. You did good would you. You know you said something to me that I didn't really think of but I thought you were spot on for you the narrative in your career ear throughout the entire run up until the very end was you. Were Great Your Future Hall of Famer but you can never win the big one. And then you've got to the Anderson fight and that was is almost like an unofficial title fight people all right this is the big one main event your home country. Can you do it and you did and then look what happened afterwards. Do you feel now. I feel like all this did in many respects was reinforced the narrative. That ceremony can't win the Big One. I don't know if he's ever going to get another big one at this point is cleared. You agree yes sir you know I mean. I don't think he's going to get. I mean. Listen everybody loved Donald cerrone as a legend of the sport and what he's doing inside. The Octagon is legendary really really years but three stoppage losses in a row. Now so I don't think he's going to get anywhere near as big as what they had in the weekend. Then the comparison you were making as I said seventeen people say to me good fighter call win the big one so For when I fall under silver I didn't know if I was ever GONNA guess I'll fly so I I looked at the as my title. Fight was engaged on the silver legendary opponent in London. My nation's capital so it was a big deal so I left no stone unturned. I did everything I could win that fight and of course I have one that led to a tile and then a great legendary room myself so where I think Donald could've done more. He could have damore thing but this is what it is this true men in every fight you react to what happens you got in the face. It was probably days from that. What are you going to do? And I'm not trying to compare the two of you but worth noting when you had that label placed on you. You weren't losing in a minute right like has fighting inside. Yeah and otherwise you were losing big ones. But you're going the distance or third round second round these very quick distance going the distance. Yes that's right that's all you had a couple of second round losses here but I'm just saying like you were never losing in a minute. which is kind of shocking for a guy who's the winning fight on? UC history. Losing in a minute. It's a it's an amazing thing but as I said when you get knocked out twice in a row which heart I talk about it in my book when I lost a Dan Henderson it. You Have C. One hundred. Everybody knows what about knockout. That wasn't there's a lot of psychological damage to combat from that. When when I fought that Henderson much? Yeah Caucasia Yeah was confident and I truly was confident but prior to that fi because if I was at six in the morning for the American audience obviously visiting in England I was trying to have a not through today. Neighbor out walking jester driving lunch. Whatever and I was trying to take a nap up but I couldn't sleep because the last time I stepped into the octagon with Dr Henderson I got knocked out unconscious and then the nerves and the exiled he started to creep in now? Of course that's when I got to the arena. That will kind of went out the window but my point that I'm making us for Donald. He had to those to those. He got stopped finished an embarrassed. So it's very very hard. Awed fighting is an incredibly physical sport. But it's it's made mainly mental. That's the most important side so donald was lacking a little bit mentally side. And and I but you know that's the that's the way it goes. You told me earlier in the week. You're not really buying this narrative that it's a new connor that he's a change and all this stuff. After seeing the way he reacted did on Saturday and how gracious he was in victory with the grandmother and everything. Do you feel like maybe there is hope that he will stay out of trouble. And you're smiling doesn't doesn't lead me smiling. I'm smiling because you know what I mean to promote the book maybe talk about past. We have to do all that we would just wing of Connersville. He's like everyone's doing you're on people who own it off. I just wanted to know your half analysts. Half off acids making tons of money. He's GonNa Fight. Could be or or I'll tell you what's going to happen now. Guarantee is ninety as next time sharing one husband probably gonna Fi. You're you're GonNa Fight Tony April then. It's Ramadan if he beats Tony's not gonNA fight Anytime Soon Conroy Diaz not good business for everybody involved fans WANNA WANNA see. Everyone makes money so there you go. That's what's going to happen. All right my prediction. Thank you just laid it out for us now. The last time I had you on you revealed a story in your book that that people didn't give a little taste on the I don't want you give everything away. You want people to buy this book but is there another Strauss. What's that I said? Fingers crossed fingers crossed. Yes well it seemed to work out in the UK. Is there another story that maybe we don't know about you that you could tell us a little bit about to get us to buy the book. I mean I've read the book crazy but for the people who haven't what was the first one I told you about unfortunately when I have trouble with the law yes those the ones that I mean. Listen I I grew up to be a cage fighter steps into a K.. Naked and Fides people. It stands to reason that maybe when I was a kid got a COUPLA fights and more than a couple unfortunately but I turn all around a story I mean the so many stories in that. There's lots of anecdotes I put it in a few extra ones as well for the American version. They wanted more stuff like that. So what do you mean stuff like that. They wanted more of Michael getting trouble wondering if you ask your stories a few actually anecdotes you know what I mean. They just to beef it up a little bit to really separate the American edition from. Hey so you know they want some more into what I was down in Cape Town South Africa I was stalled. I was filming the show warrior earlier this year and skies tried to Mug me and pulled guns on stock faces. I tried to get into a car so I go into detail about in fights I would just do another interview. They got this automated share. This I fought Liebau called the second back in time. It was a much find that I lost in Australia and prior to go out to Australia at four the fight I was sparring molest last weakest borrowing and I go headbutted and that opened up a coach Ri- on my the island of my good i. Everybody knows I have about that does function particularly but that was obviously I keep out on the rops that the the problem was so bad so I'm in Australia but my good eye stitches in Eh. So as I'm walking into the arena to fight the commission pronounced Michael Michael. The doctor need to see your right now and I'm like why does the Doctor WanNa see me. Your is your I need to look at your I own my God. I'm going to get pulled from the fight in any way did come look at me. They're talking about my good. I got stacy's I'm a shit. We can't let you fight with stitches him. We're going to state. He's out right now so I'll say okay. No problem. The stitches out the fight starts ruckle. Recalled headbutts me and he knew status because he saw the me mention them when we square it up so he gave me a little head book and opens it the cut above my Godi and I'm trying in a fight. Blood is just pulling into my eye. So I'm wipe the blood away but he's like if you take a job of paint and you pour it on a wing windscreen windshield wipers. They'll do that just smear everywhere so I'm wiping the blood but it's just mute and I'm looking at all I can see is red. I could see that the shadow of rock old and then the kind of wipe it. I'm looking at. I'm trying to fight. But then the balloons into my I wipe it down sees Red Dawn okay with the Hanky whatever. I had no idea what happened so anyway I was pissed off about that but I couldn't really say well happen because I didn't want to draw attention to my eye. So that's why when I was filming not moving Toronto I found out through yourself are real. You check me Chris. Wideman was out the fight back. Why even though the fire was on two weeks notice I wanted to because I newark beating on a new this time I'm not gonNA upstate? Gee My eye that he's going to be able to take advantage off. So that's why I took two weeks nowadays and we know what happened after after that. You're welcome for that for change your life calling you up lending. Listen don't mention it. Don't mention old hold please too much now. I actually felt a little bad because when I was working with you I think in June you actually took out the fake. I and I was like holy smack. You didn't right in front of me. I I didn't realize it was like that. But then you did it on your podcast and everyone was talking about. I felt like wow I. I saw this. I and I felt like you know maybe I should have asked you about it and and I kind of blew that one so does that one just not work at all no not really I have a fake guy. That's made of plastic. That's not cousy through that. And the only the only reason uphold the eye out the way I did was because Lewis j Gomez do podcast with believe you may check it out if you WANNA laugh. He started wearing glasses for doing the show and he's wearing shades. Endorse and I might. What the Hell Lewis? While you've got Hollywood why are you wearing shades. Eight and he. Then he brought up is producers the brought up you know pictures of me at press conferences and stuff wearing sunglasses indoors. And I'm like yeah I know. Oh that but here's why I used to wear glasses because my I was a mess an old people going to do is talk to me about my. I looked cross cited dark and all this type of stuff so I would wear the sunglasses aussies to to block that out. So here's what I was wearing. Shades break not. Because I think I'm Hollywood is because I'm trying to hide my eyes so that's how that happened. Would it be rude if I ask you to see it you look into my. I feel. I'm not I'm not going to do on it as I say. There was mitigating circumstances. But do you want to know more about is in the book. Check it out but yeah there you go okay so it comes out tomorrow. Ro Mike Bisbee Book Dot Com. Isn't it true that if you actually go on the website you'll call someone if they buy it so I'm I'm trying to understand this from the rain. This is called a live signing so obviously with the one that have social media technology these days if you go to Mike Bist Ping Book Dot Com and you buy a book you can also leave a message on that for the personalized message. That you want inside it and I'll sign them live on facebook and instagram. How many the boat? They'll give me the message outside the on this also a chance to to speak to me on the phone if anyone wants to do that. But Jesus crowded com- if a signed copy if you don't want fair enough fair enough but if you do one signed there you go. It is a phenomenal book. All jokes aside. And what makes it. So great is that the great eight and Evans was behind it. All he's the brains behind this book. One of my dear friends there. It is quitters. Never Win Michael being my life in UFC. Before before I let you go very quick question. Tell me more about conor McGregor. Can we talk about. Just you know your relationship with him. And I I'll tell you I'll tell you I mean the man is assigned nobody eat and every time I said `love' more hated everybody watches and symbolism. And that's what he's trying to do. That's what you got to fight eager to okay motion out of the out of the out of the public. I always said if I ever wanted you know we're gonNA fire and I got a little polite Gulf KLOPP. You failing you know you you want passionate you want excitement. And that's what he brings unashamedly delivers every time he fights as well. He's gone the reason. Michael I love you lovely to work with you. You love to see your son Callum the great camping who's going to be a superstar wrestler at the University of San Francisco and perhaps one day represent Great Britain in the Olympics. Picks wouldn't that be cool so great to see you guys hang out in Vegas appreciate the Arrow. Yeah he's actually flying out to Austria for his first tournament representing Great Britain. I think it's true. Union two pounds is the weight limit. She'll be in Austria. And Yeah you never know maybe in the Olympics while thank you thank you as always great working with you my friend. Yes Sir and check out the book. Truly Mike being book dotcom comes out tomorrow to phenomenal read. I really do mean that quitters never win is the book. Thank you very much to Michael Bist being and Evans who did a phenomenal job putting the book together for making this happen. All right. Let's go back to to forty six talk one of the big stories of course kicking off the main in Karl Anthony Pettis former lightweight. Champion moving down from one seventy going up against the data and another great win six in a row now in the UFC for Diego for he is is the first man to actually submit at the body triangle. You remember that fight with Dustin but was more due to the injuries. So this is an actual submission tap huge win for Diego Fajita. He joins us now for the first time on the program is you there. There is Diego. How are you my friend? Congratulations on the win. They are a good thank appreciated. Now thank you you've been in the UFC since two thousand fourteen hour. And that's you know six years now but now you're getting this attention now. You're getting this spotlight. You've won six in a row getting the opportunity to fight on connor card houses all feeling for you after being in the AFC for so long and kind of flying under the radar for a long time Feeling great now is so important for me. I took a while to get what I wanted but I'm here now and I'm joined the whole time I'm GONNA topper now. I and now a great fight. You know fight him so so excited so happy to go on my way and is great One thing that surprised me when when I read it and then I confirmed it by looking. Get your your resume you record. That was your first submission win since her debut against Colton Smith in two thousand fourteen. Your I believe a third degree black built houses possible. How were you not getting more submission victories? I don't know I think people want to test my My my in my standup skills little bit boxing. And then Do put a good thing to learn ally with my coach and and and a lot of time and I'm really putting effort zoo and I'm excited to get US missile. Are you able to see that graphic right over over there tied for the third longest winning streak in lightweight division. The other two Ferguson Habib. What's it like to see your name among those guys artist graded traded set at so impressed because then got bb Antonio further centers like? He's really close by each other. Then it's it's is impressed so you know I never got. I never ties going to be so having so much. Impact like that but It's good to see my name on top of their to so many celebrities like those those guys. Were you aware that no one had tapped anthony. pedestals going into this fight. No now really was. I was having my game plan. I was not even thinking about what what it can happen cannot happen I just would my game plan and to do it But I never thought myself like you never guests amid on the AFC. I'm going to make a guess. Here was taking him to to the Ground Party or game plan because you landed three take downs against Anthony and in your nine previous fights combined you landed three take downs. You landed three take downs in this fight wait alone. Previously nine fights combined three take down. So was the game plan to try to expose them on. The ground was to do more my my my my wrestling no. I've been working a lot of wrestling but This is GonNa make try harder suits to go to the ground nominee. But I don't do as much as I like to do a lot of transition I like to scramble but the way I say I been a boy Lada effort on on my ignorance in my wrestling and I got it. Don't take one one. Five is is a lot of for me going into this fight. You were not ranked and it's amazing when you look at you know the names that you're you're you're on that graphic with B Ferguson. You're still not ranked. Does that ADENOID. Does that bother you. I have a feeling that will change this week. But does that bother you know really. We don't don't care about it. I Yeah I like to fight I enjoy. You know it's something I choose along with my life and you know just to have to fight for means you know it's a big deal already in fighting big promotion. I could see. Don't care of course you're one of the stars coming out of the Ford Awesome. AGM head coach safes. Oh Dallas who are doing so great. It seems like every card. Another one is getting closer to being entitled contention. When did you start training out of that? Jim I start chaining like right before fight you know. That's where our first I five thousand. Fifteen fifteen yeah I talk fifteen in you know we do. It took a toll and I want my second loss by Tko. And and I tell me myself I need. I need to improve. Needs to get better her in on a long career I was just having myself training now like a training myself Doing a Lotta sheets to. That's when I ah when I told my told myself like I'm just as you just try fighting a May. I think I need to train a May to coach a really great coach like coach safes and Damei make a different in my life and make it make the the he'd go now and you know disguise limit and I'm impressed with coach been helped me a lot. Yes since that fight against Dustin right and we got knocked out. You've won every single fight since you've won six in a row so clearly it is working. What was your confidence like? After that you were undefeated then you have. Those two losses is after the poor. You knockout how are you feeling about about your career. The disagree at Tattoo Might Korea was going. You know we will bag. You know a fought three times on. UFC I want to in law sue was like getting said sad you know but Long the road goats safe. Good you know Getting my my also seen gene I'll steam would high now and get me excited for the next one and the next one we we put a good this show and I train hard as as much as I could and by boxing and my wife and my wrestling and really impressed me coachmen and and the connection have within right now at it is important for me in all. Aw It's coach. I'll have a coach before like die and besides my coach was you know what a good all right. So who do we want next. who gets you closer to that? That title Talk Right. who gets you to that spot that you want to be in? Who makes sense a really on the belt? That's not one thing like I'm not even thinking about right now. We Wanna I enjoy to fight. You know I enjoy. I don't care who are going to fight next. You know already doll but That a shot. I don't think Alan just the rain. I I WANNA make a big impact on a rank you know the top ranks in and see for their. You know I got a discount. Not GonNa take the possibility to fight the bell but my my Motivations not the belly right now revisions to To really get my my goes on on on the rank and what am I. Make my family proud of me and the rest. It's come along the road okay. Maybe the winner owner of the Paul felder Dan Hooker fight next month. Maybe that makes sense. Those guys are six seven some somewhere to get you a little closer. You know what I mean and by the way it does your birthday on Saturday. Happy Birthday to thirty five years or five years old. You know that great birthday special spending time in Vegas. Yeah what did you do afterwards. Anything special now. I just got to the hotel I spend time with my family friends. Iran's we stay there on on on the hotel restaurant over there and aid my my little boy fall asleep and then we go. We go back to their room while a low key birthday but those are the best kind of birthdays right. Yes the best is a good memory. Now it's great memories with with my family and you know my kids taxing me. Call me the whole time and proud proud. He's the AD and make no make no more especially at a more specimens area. It's can I ask it. It's amazing for me. How how old are your kids have won seventeen in one in ten? The Nolan three. Okay wow quite the range their teenager to three. Yeah that's is the seventeen year old GONNA be a fighter isn't he's in wrestling has no right now. He's planning to do you know I don't know what he's dreaming like his dream like wise goals in life but I think so. He likes so do the wrestling tournament. You WanNa win estate this year and he really wouldn't he sign you know and I hope so but you know a Lotta Dan He's on trials. Okay well I look forward to seeing the next one who they book you gainst and where do you go from here here but Six in a row in a stat lightweight division. Getting a win like that over former champion. Like Anthony I would think the best moment of your career right. Maybe you're grandma career yes this show so as a super Gray moment for me in an already enjoyed the Woman I and just to be there on a per view in on a bit because of the year all our as happy as eight Diego. Thank you very much for the time. Congratulations on the win. Appreciate it all right. There is data fajita joining us for the first time I do do believe on this program like I said six in a row. I fighter to submit pederson as Emma may career. His first submission wins since his debut. You back in two thousand fourteen against Colton Smith you see right over there. He's one six and that puts them tied for third as far as the longest active winning streaks in the lightweight. Division Tony Ferguson. Twelve Abib and then you got him tied with Osama and Charles Oliveira. I thought it'd be about twelve as well I am. I'm wrong about that. That it was twelve versus twelve but in any event. That's a huge win. For Fair and again it seems like every weekend another four to seventieth fighter doing great things taking a step further title cadets and they have yet to have someone fight for the belts or be necessarily early in title contention but we saw last month in in Las Vegas. UFC Two forty. Five Jeff Neal take a nice step you see the header just seems like very soon. We're we'RE GONNA be talking about them in contention in multiple different weight classes so congrats to the entire team and congrats to dig ahead in a minute. We're going to be joined by Holly Home. Who of course had that important victory over Raquel Pennington rematch of her? You have see debut back at one eighty four. Some of the fans were a little bit. Okay so Andrew Davis told me that It's like okay. That's that's the difference because one of the wind for Habib was a catchweight fight so he has won twelve in a row but not in the lightweight division vision. Personally I feel like you know why. Take away the but I get the point active lightweight I get the point semantics. Twelve twelve in my opinion holly home getting getting back on track after her first knockout loss of her career had knockout loss in boxing. In Two thousand eleven was interesting. She told me on Thursday a media day after that knockout loss in boxing a lot of people were calling for her to retire. And could you have imagined if she actually listened to those people and actually walked away from combat sports. All the things thinks that she has done since then. Pretty remarkable nine years later and no one. I think was necessarily calling for her to retire after the Nunez Vitamin Nunez considered arguably the best ever. So that's nothing to scoff at. But it was. It was an interesting story. Line going into Saturday. How would she respond? How would she we? Rebound how would she look in this rematch. Sometimes when a fighter is you know coming off a knockout loss. Different kind of fighter. But you got the victory and I don't think there was any question that Dana White afterwards was critical of the referee. Jason Herzog said that he should have broken them up a little bit that there was too much clinching but I did think it was interesting at the press conference. He was critical of Jason Herzog. But then he said I'm too old to be to be criticizing. These guys I need to. I need to stop with all that which I thought was nice you know in the in the NBA and other sports. You can't criticize a referee. Otherwise you get fine. Of course this is a completely different structure but I thought that was a nice nice little moment that he's grown up a little bit but sometimes the criticism is is warranted. Like I thought the main event went a little too long. I thought that that went ten seconds too long. I thought Nostra took too many punches and I understand. There's a fine line between giving someone a little more time to recover giving them a chance to you. Know whether the storm and and avoid being finished void the damage. And we've seen people escape those situations but in those particular cases and it's very easy for me sitting here on this side of the fence to be critical but I thought those particular ones We'll especially the ceremony one in particular. I thought he was done. I really did once. He got to the ground. I thought he was done and Wasn't doing much to defend himself in. Look like he had had enough so anyway. That was some of the talk afterwards but for now let us say hello to Holly Home. Who joins us from a very familiar spot? She usually joins us from the car. And now here she is once again joining us from her car. Hello Holly how are you. I really wasn't planning on being in my car. This this is your thing. Thank you very much for joining us. Holly I know after fight. It's a very hectic so I appreciate the time I know you were somewhat critical of yourself south after the fight you still feel that way. Two days later I've been. I always wanted to see more devastating. You know I wanNA more go all the time but I know that you can make a fight look really really Kinda scrappy and just kind of you can make dogfight out of things things and we will be able to make it a clean fight Clean so that's always a good thing but I just wanted to do more in the situation in the positions I was in and more for me. Do you work on a lot was made of the fact that this was just e seven three match in history for you when you were in there. So much has happened since your your last fight against one eighty four. Did it feel like Deja Vu. Did it feel like you're fighting. The same fighter a lot of her tendencies the same or do you feel like she changed a lot I feel like it was a little bit different. I didn't feel like I was in the same fight but I definitely felt I felt like he was really waiting counter a lot and I especially. It's just not my punches go. I'd never feel threatened or in a position edition the whole fight And whenever I feel like that it's like well you know I should have been a little bit of everything go I know in the last round I was kind. I'm trying to break the clinch a little bit. I know we're in the punch of the fight And I mean it's not really how I thought the pilot go but but it is and I know that the no doubt at the claim victory but I always want more that though I mentioned before you came came on at the post fight. Press conference was critical of the referee. Jason Herzog saying he should of broken you guys up more. Do you agree with that statement. I would have been fine with it either way. A broken it up You know I always take it on myself so I have been the one kind of gauging agent little more and letting go Being in a dominant position I should have been more devastating in the dominant position. So Yeah it'd be broken. I wouldn't have been upset about it. You know I you guys were supposed to fight back in November but you had to withdraw. I think because of a knee injury right. It was my hamstring century porn The ligaments like thirty percent of my ligament that attack my hamstring for and so and it was the last training so I just need to let that All those fivers kind of grow and steel and My Hampton go great so Even at the beginning of the campus like it was I talked to the doctors and it was one hundred percent Like yields as far as the new tissue and everything grown but They they were like be careful because it's still fresh issued and needs a little time to get strung so in the beginning of the training camp. I I kind of get a little bit easier on my hamstring. I did a lot of boxing and then slowly start kicks and stuff like that but by the time I got the last training it was it was you know I I forgot about it that it was doing and it's okay now two days later. Yeah great I mean that's a little tight but not bad like it's like I tell us it it's a little tight but I mean everything my little tight right now so any kind of little you you know you had Actually I mean I felt really good. I don't have any injuries or anything. Like a little tight. All you also revealed appealed the post fight press conference that your father has been dealing with some health issues first off. How is he feeling now? And how much did that weigh on you going into this fight. Well you know what I'm actually in his driveway right now. I picked him up from The Rehab Fleet out today and It it was it was definitely journey. You know he Kinda felt that something. Maybe it was going on I kind of talked to them Saturday night and I thought you know support work done. I feel like might be something and Sunday morning I was at I was reading and the members of the church all things and they just said. We think something's wrong you know. And he thought it was a lie and a lot of types of maybe a brain sleep so I ran up the church nourishment emergency sermon. He had a stroke. Stroke is called a interest rate Berle enrich and it's just like a really large. You didn't rain and so he was in ICU. For about four days and in the hospital days and And and that was so that was a Sunday and then Right after New York and it's like living rehabilitation Where they just Kinda get your thing moving again? And he's doing really really well. It was pretty scary for powder But he's doing really well. I mean he's out now and Some of the big lessons to be habits No proud thing like that So there's blessings than this but it's definitely been an interest training camp you know but I think it's I honestly feel like and why she can dig down and get energy where you need to you know There's a lot of nights that we didn't didn't. My brother came in town. He lives in Arizona and between him. And I you know we didn't really leave my own. We made sure that somebody was there. Because when you're dealing with the rain there's a lot of confusion you know. We wanted to to make sure he had a familiar face. There any time that he would wake up There was some long nights there and the hospital but like I said he's doing really good. You know I would. There's those little hostile tears. I sent nine rebounds terrorism and you know going back training in the morning morning so it'd be A train at night time play and my team so great that if I could make the night even if it was late they would. It does show up. You know and make sure that I get my training. And when I could and I knew that my dad wouldn't want me to you know not pursue what I'm doing That's like Kinda kept just kinda pursuing and I knew that no matter what if this is GonNa be something like permanent or something temporary or whatever it was we were going to have to work together. Learn how to move forward and live with it. Whatever it you know and so I just hard through it and with the help of team and and so how many family members and friends and everybody was so helpful during the time was It was really. It was actually really something to see how people really can't handful together times like that so it was Like I said there's some long night hanging out in the hawk. Let's go the Democratic Hospital. Stay the night go back in the morning joining the gym and My brother would kind of be more of the daytime stuff that I get the training and I was Kinda more than I am stuff so you know. It's just nice to even have have a lot of families don't really even function well together too. I like that and I'm just thankful Oh that I I you know brothers. And and the Worked together and through and my dad doesn't remember a single day in the hospital so but he's I mean I'm telling you like I said I just think this morning he's doing great And just go up to his house. I literally got here. Let him go get all the mail and everything Kinda just a good a day a real good day. Sorry to interrupt that moment between you guys. Because I'm sure he was very happy to see you. Did you know that you thought was he aware that you want. Yeah he actually The honest the first couple weeks I mean I would typically stroke. You know they don't know from one minute. The next next I would go. I would have lunch with them and then I go back in and bring dinner and be there the night you know he wouldn't remember losing that line and But no now he's I. I knew the day was getting better when I walked in because I thought okay. We're GonNa go is you gotta go work out or something like yeah I gotta fight someone up you know and About about I don't know probably four days after he was in the Rehab on every single day and which small blessings out there little little things that you just sit Best we have trickiest literally like a half Mile Away Jim so I was able to. You know go have lunch then go back saying I've dinner with them. Hang out with them in the evening stuff like that. You know when I was done I would train go see him until he fell asleep. And I did Jordy of my runs after that but a lot of my running like eleven pm. My headline on and go and I'm a different training camp. I did what I said when I needed to a major. It was all done but sometimes it was at midnight. You know it just kind of depended on the day but I came in one When I am I walked man? It's you're getting under the wire you got one one last week training and it's no time I think you're GonNa do real good and he just you know kind of started talking. It was like really refreshing. You know you Obviously it's a lot of money. Thanks now speaking laptop. Yes isn't funny thing that we know. Stick him in. Is He gonNa make the full recovery. Yeah Great His art at this spring. That's what is Where your speeches for a while? It was like they. But I'm telling you it's like I I sat there Actually before I left at down I sat there and had about a four hour conversation with him miss. I left and I was like well. I'm not one weird thing him I don't know and he's not out of Rehab yet so I had a And I say my dad has been a lot of people. Ask me how he's been about. What brain injuries? Now I mean super pleasant super to going with it and after he really understood everything that was going on. He's like well. You know I it's going to do what they say gotta be happened. I'll do this and we'll get back at it. He's I'm telling you he's doing doing so great so he will make a full recovery and You know going from very nicer that it just for you know a big thing and you know one of the doctors just telling me you know What's the significance of his brain bleed? Like it's actually quite like how well he's doing and So he's He's doing really really good. You know then Well it will be a month actually the twenty second We'll be one full month and for him to all right out. I wish him the best I I've had people. My family suffer strokes I know series. That could be an. I'm sure you had. There's a heavy heart as as you fought on Saturday so makes the performance that much more impressive last thing for you holly and again. I appreciate the time very much. I know you better enough than to ask you who you want next I but I just want to ask. When do you WanNa turn you know I feel good I I after finally Saturday one thing about it I mean I For the victory just makes it that you have all WanNa get back in there And I know injuries you know. I feel good healthy right now. I'm I'm kind of my dad I don't know maybe a long little we vacation with my girlfriends and you know back got it. You know I don't really I lived at train and and I WANNA on this and you know. I don't know we'll see what happens. I was just eating chocolate. No problem no problem I I. I'm open to whatever you know. I feel good like I said I focus healthy so you know whatever our Whatever comes I'd like to advantage of whatever opportunities available? Congratulations my best. You're my best your family. Thank you for joining US Holly and and looking forward to the next one. I appreciate it very much. Thank all right there. She is the preacher's daughter herself. Holly Home Big Win for her. Regained Repel Pennington on Saturday and again our best to her father. I remember how happy he was in in Melbourne. When she defeated Ronda Rousey great moment there So looking forward to seeing him at a highly home fight in the future as well all right another big story on the main card was Brian. Kelleher getting a big win over O.`day Osborne they were supposed to fight on the early prelims but then Grosso Cadila got knocked off the carcass grassless. Wait so they bump them up all the way to the main card and there he is long island's own Brian. Mike Keller who is giving me a little a little crap when I reached out to him. You gave me the WHO what. You're not feeling the love. I'm Brian you got beef with me. No no you know what it is. It Psych Mike. As soon as you win in this sport your loved against you sir. Coming back real quick. It's all love the shirt right here. That's right you were very very and congratulations on a great win. A great victory great finish and I know how much that meant you. You were very open on social. Media was I was seeing you on twitter leading up to the fight. Fight about how much this meant to you and you know with the Waco. You're very honest how it was. You know not coming off as CUCKOO's you want. How much pressure did you feel? Especially considering the fact that you were on that losing extre- did you feel like you had to win to save your job. Yeah you know in the back of my head. I was like trying to tune out all those realities. I knew that I'm coming limit off two losses. My last performance wasn't great and this was damn trying to see you know do we. Do we want to bring new content a new prospect or Kelleher. We're still eligible to compete with the best is and so I had to prove that I was proud of myself how I handled it all fight me. You know. I kept the calm about me. I I kept confident and I went out there and executed when you got the Okay so ask you about this because we showed the photo. Why did you stand like that? was that for him as well. Well yeah little shoutout. I don't know what it was like. I didn't even think about that. But I saw my opponent kind of plotting on me like yet. His his his knee down he he was gonNA do something crazy. I was thinking in my head like two different things. I have my hands back and I was GONNA do exactly what they just run and do a flying near spine in kick something crazy out the gate you know. I wanted to make the fight exciting but a last second I kinda was like. Let's be smart here. This guy is gonNA come out a little reckless you. No He's a new comer. He's GonNa WanNa make a statement. Let's be smart. Let's be the veteran in their dog. Get the job when you got the call that you were going to be moved up to the main card conor McGregor main card pretty darn close to his fight. What do you owe amazing You know I like I said I tried to keep you know trying to keep myself on space. But they told me like the night of Wayne's came up to me out of nowhere last minute like hey you're up to the main car. Congratulations my second. What like I was ready to wake up and just get in flight but you know it couldn't have couldn't have worked any better? It was like bumped on the main card. A lot more Beaujolais a lot. More is on me to get quick finished to come out unscathed. Fight out my contract with the finish like this to get a bonus. I saw Dana in the back. You know timing was just working perfect this whole week week for me. It was really like someone was watching over me. It was crazy but he came back gradually to me and told me you know. It's looking good for that bonus and I was just feeling amazing thing after the. Wow so that was actually the last on your contract. That was the last online at my contract. Even more pressure exact. I I had a crazy amount of pressure man I I honestly. I don't know anything about fighting. I don't have a trade. I'm not a handyman I. I don't know what other job job I would do that. I would be happy doing honest. And so I'm terrified not continue this career and keep making the most money I can do and fighting because I have no idea what next and I you know. That's what I try to do media and try to stay in the sport because I'm passionate about this sport and the sport only so it was a it was a lot of pressure but like I said I'm so proud that I didn't feel it going in there. I smiled the process. I I kept good energy and on team crystal all the way baby caroline. Jose Young. Shout the truth respect to the fighting crew. I love that and so do you want to stick around in the UFC. Yeah we're at that man. Honestly if I if I would have lost on Saturday I might have contemplated whether I wanNA fight ever again because my dreams to be the best in the world and that was my vision you know and that was why it was so hard to deal with. Lost the LINEKER. As I see you know some pitches there's like it was devastating heartbroken and my heart didn't come back together and be full again for quite some time. You Know I. It wasn't ready during that. Mantell Jackson fight. I wasn't wasn't myself yet. It took time off the injuries. where a blessing in disguise and It really gave me time then re appreciate what why I love. This came in and to reignite the flame within me and be the best Bryant Hiller. How difficult was the way cut? It was very difficult further out as I got closer. Things went wasting with her than I would have imagined in two and a half weeks ago three weeks ago it was one hundred and fifty eight pounds and I'm never like I'm never over one fifty to one fifty one. I usually like three to four weeks out fight. I was like a little worried there and then two weeks out from the fight I was like one fifty four. I had stopped taking creating. I thought maybe that was it so From there started to drop weight. You know I think I was retaining water from the creative team and ended up coming off smoother than I would have imagined everything laid out this week and so all right so you get this victory and I don't know if you noticed because you're probably in in zone but When they played the prefight package before are you guys walked out? O.`day said that one day people say conor McGregor fought on his card. Did you hear that stuff into that. Give you a little extra motivation as the fight was about to begin and I didn't here as they played it but a couple of people told me he was saying that and they didn't like who is this newcomer that he's going to make a statement like that and say you O'Connor's on his car but it was funny because after the Wayans way in show you know the Irish fans always cheer Ole Ole Ole L.. So he he was making it like. Oh look cheer my name all day. I said no way no way so we would go back and forth in the back. It was funny but Yeah I try not to listen to that Shit when I'm when I'm when I'm about to come out you know I'm just focused trying to keep my energy and and just remain calm and and by the way. Have you ever had a submission locked in so tight that the the the arm as well that the opponent has to tap with foot. Has that ever happened to you. We made them tap tap dance. Baby do it no I never happened. It was weird because when he was in the show I knew his hands. Were all crunched up in there. I had a good the Chin Strap on him and I don't think he can get his hands out so he was either going to sleep or he was gonna tap his feet and so he was just. He started hitting the match faster than I've ever imagine support and it was like because I heard it when I kind of felt it and I wasn't expecting it but then the rush stepped in and all that's what it was used pepper with his feet. First Winstons February of two thousand eighteen. This must feel good on a Monday right. You must have missed this feeling man. I forgot all about this feeling. It was like I. I needed this man like this is what makes me feel alive. And it's just you know you you don't want to say that you know fighting's everything in life but but winning a fight. There's just no feeling like it because when you put your life and soul into this and you know you end up feeling like okay like I'm successful. You know it was worth it like. I put all that time. I made all those sacrifices and it all came to fruition. It's like there's no other feeling like it. I feel on top of the world that have been any better. I was out for a year I needed to make the money and I made as much money as I possibly. Could you know with winning bonus and getting a victory like this great to see you get that bonus as well. Yes I went to. The I went went to eminem store owner cheese super. We got some peanut EMINEM. That's how boom celebrate through baby respect. I love the peanut EMINEM's probably my favorite from being honest. Yes the best. I knew your rapper as well as we get some some some bars here on the victories or anything that we can get to commemorate this big moment. Don't put it on the spot. I'm putting it on the spot I know I know they had me at Media Day. Try to throw a couple of lines out there. I threw like to but It's rough China freestyle off the top of the head but hey how would they come. See me man. We need to. We need to see who the best rapidly. UFC is. I think a lot of people behind me a battle rap between you and Tyron Woodley. I'd like to see that I'd put that on. ESPN plus why not. That'd be nice on madman all right. Well Congratulations Brian. Very happy for you my man and what a victory and and what a celebration. I think you headbutted the cage. They're reminiscent of was it gusts for all the Redskins who wants to that was just for some some quarterback than an injured his neck. I hope you didn't injure yourself but why did you buy. Why did you know that you know it was actually funny? Because before the fight like you're not jump on the cage not jump over the cage. They'll find you fifty percent right so I'd like you know what if I can't jump over and I'm feeling how I feel after a win. I'm going to try to run through that. Ah I saw my brother there. You know like my corner and I wanna I wanNA reunite. After I win and celebrates I just ran right into the eight and kind of like so my my brother there and hit the cage and bounce off and I was like. Why did I do that right after like why did I assume it was great and local? Yes it did. I like the emotion. Congrats congrats enjoy the victory. Oh God that's the most damaged probably took in the fight. Enjoy the win. My man and I look forward to seeing if able to get that big contract from the UFC. Good luck with the negotiations. Yeah Man I'm GonNa perp expire. Let's get a better contract than let's get the ball rolling. Let's get on the April Eighteenth Card in Brooklyn Baby. That's right long island's own Brian. Kelleher congrats There is boom Kelleher the man and getting back on track Stopping his winning streak. Big Win over. O'Day Osborne first round submission and now we see if he's able to. We need a lot of pressure. I didn't know that was the last fight of his contract so that certainly added some pressure off but he got it done he was plus one twenty underdog. So if you bet on Brian Kelleher you cashed in. If you bet on Judo Bor you also cashed in. He was a plus to sixty underdog and got a huge win over Nostra huck par us on the ESPN prelims. Plus two sixty. In fact his manager Lloyd Pearson was very offended by this kept asking me about the line if I agreed with it and then was very quick to celebrate the victory there. He is Ju- Dober- joining us right now. Drew Congratulations. Thank you so much good to have you on the show did. Do you know about the line as well. And were you equally offended like like Lloyd was. I saw it But I just consider sitter on the betting odds a popular contest anyways just other people's opinion and got the opportunity to win a bunch of the money for other people so that doesn't bother any. I had the opportunity to see you. I think it was Wednesday. I was getting coffee. You're in line at the coffee shop as well and we were talking about the the donuts at the coffee shop and for a second. I forgot that you're actually fighting on the card because you were just so nicely dressed and you seem to be in great spirits. The way cut wasn't starting just yet but I'm just curious did you end up getting The donuts afterwards did you. Did you indulge at your thing. Yeah that was that was last night. Definitely indulge too won't you much but at Sunday's Afar enjoyment and back on routine but I didn't in fact those doughnuts well done well then I was wondering about that. A huge win for you. What a huge spot did you feel like? He was a little over hybrid. I mean I will admit people you know I I believe. He looked great in his last fight. But was that the mindset like I'm going to stop this hype obtained. No one's really talking about me going into this fight. It's all about him being one of the young studs that they're showcasing on this connor card now I mean. I was encouraged urged by his hype. Train he had a lot of fans needs young athletic energetic. And the hungry extremely dangerous to if you wash fights leading up to ours. Yeah so I was just motivated by seeing how I would do enough. Uh Bird for. I literally thought that we're going to go three rounds in the night. I mean I enjoy the performance of the night a lot better. Yeah we had Brian Kelleher who got one of those bonuses. You got the other and your last two fights. It's after the submission loss mid last year both very quick knockout finishes. What's what's the difference? Now what's happening these lease one minute or so finishes that you're getting getting now back to back. Has Anything changed in your life in your training that's leading to these great performances. Yeah now I believe when I was scheduled to find Josh Berkman meant I really focused on the mental aspect of training. And since then I've been keeping in practice and really just being more mindful and Being in the moment and from what I've found that when you come in with strict game planner district motivation you become a narrow minded and it's really hard to gathering information to her now. I'm just enjoying every second in every moment of this entire fight week when I get in the cage like I'm so relaxed I that I can just gather all the information for my own and see the opportunity. Wow so this wasn't the case earlier in your career. No no like I might WanNa just like all get up and go horsepower. Visit Vinegar is having a horse car with a with a bad driver. I just feel that I'm coming into my Brian. Because I'm incorporating the mental aspect of everything and also your hair hair's just impeccable these days. How do you how do you feel like that's a big part of this new? I mean how do you keep it in place. What are you putting in your hair before the fights where it's just like it doesn't even move? It's like why didn't place it's after fight honestly. I wish you didn't move but if you wash. The man was just balancing on the entire time somebody actually commented like drew tober fixes fixes hair and knocks people out. Yeah unfortunately this haircut does get my face every once in a while a shutout your barber. Who does a great job? You posted that video on on instagram. Some of you at the way in like doing the slow motion movie your hair you get there. It is right over there. What this is amazing stuff? Are you a model as well. We hear about some of the other fighters who Luke Rocco Geico but you models. I feel like you have you. Have you have the technique down Pat. I major said anyway. I can make money outside of getting punched in the mouth. I'd be into so many once they hit me out. I've Y'all you've never done it though. You even have the kind of like sly smile. You know you got that whole thing down pat the half smile if you will. I think it all started like my mother at a young age. Just kind of grooming me to be a celebrity. Like you'RE GONNA end up famous somehow. We're going to be an actor Mark Model. She was trying to get on the real world some longest time. Oh she's outrageous so I feel like she's the one that started his grooming. Did you try out they. I used to be my favorite show back in the day. Did you ever actually try out for it now now. I don't know how to handle with is all that all the festivities and that that long period of time. I don't know if I could handle that but I did. Try to go out for the ultimate fighter. So it's a very specific real world and what happened. There made the the the first episode of the tough live where it was just one round. Oh yeah heated for getting the house drop on the judges scorecards arts and didn't make it in but a blessing long-term why so just I didn't have to go through. I think that season was twelve weeks. If if not more on the nutrition like it's not even just the fight anymore just being so uncomfortable all the time trying to perform on top of that but here I am in UFC FC regardless competing with the best in the world. So I'm just glad I'd have to go through that twelve weeks. Do you feel like this This win this moment. Maybe represents a turning point in your career weird. You know all those people watching the ratings were tremendous for the prelims most in the ESPN history connor card. More people are watching so that could lead to more opportunities. More people don't do do you. Sense is that did you sense afterwards. When you went online more people were talking about your fight? Oh yeah no I feel it. I feel very very prestigious. Event procedures fight to produce bite and then being able to win. Spectacularly like that will was is definitely adds to this momentum notoriety and it's my job to use. This is energy as motivation for my next fight in the fights further on just I think finally now people are seeing what I've been telling myself for years. Who makes sense next next for you? I like the fight goes back for a long long time. We were scheduled to fight as amateurs. Local rose And gone back to the the lives season of the ultimate fighter. Were on that show too so I mean I've had my eyes on him for a long time and it's all respected super talented. I love his fight so having a dance partner like that would be absolutely amazing. Okay and to be clear. This is ally until you're talking about right. Aw Iguana or Alex Hernandez explosive fantastic fighter that I'm interested in okay interesting. She has played in the amateur scene. And where was that going to be. The local promotion in the Mid West has called Victory Fighting Championship. Okay huge thing like you know the who what is the best esque or the top lightweight in the nation amateur why his and both high Quanta My name popped up and we're scheduled a fight. It fell through and then we turn professional. Doc Thank God. They're trying to make that fight again and that didn't work out and then we ended up getting on the reality show together so the I'm GonNa find those one day and maybe now maybe I know he doesn't have a fight lined up and is taking a little bit of time off but he last fought several months ago. So maybe that makes a lot of sense and a good time for your team as well. Elevations Fighting Curtis Blades. It's fighting on the rally or the Raleigh. I should say main event spot on Saturday against Jd. Koi San Hagan screwed in that situation was supposed the co made by you guys are doing big things over there in Colorado. The accumulation has as things about it that. I've never seen anywhere else. The reason I moved out here ear it'd be a part of it. I really saw this growth in. It's just the family environment that encourages growth in. Nobody's you know trying to step up on other people to get ahead. Everyone's growing together. And you know we're seeing from the athletes That it works. Congratulations on the wind. Drew and I'm happy. You got those those donut afterwards You look great all week and you looked phenomenal in the fight itself so well onto congrats. Thank you thank you so much. I'm a lot of people I appreciate it. All right. There is Ju- Dober- with the big victory Saturday night and one of the bigger underdogs. I think we've had three underdogs who on on Saturday Iraq San Mateo Ferry was the biggest plus five fifty. It ended up closing as Kelleher plus one twenty dober- plus to sixty so well done to all all three of them now. Of course the big story. On Saturday the return of Conor McGregor winning and forty seconds against Donald cerrone the shoulder strikes which Michael being wasn't all that impressed by Kevin Lee as well but a very impressive seen a very impressive connor all week people were wondering how he would respond. People were wondering how he would look given the time off given everything he's been through told me last week that you know he. He was drinking leading up to the Hubby five five. Whether or not he said this time around he was sober whether or not that that that contributed to his performance argue against that but if he can stay this locked in and then this focused and he's told us now time and again this is. This is the way I want things to go. I want to fight multiple times this year at at least three times. I want to be active. I want to. I want to be in the gym. I'm GonNa take Sunday often then. I'm going to get right back in the gym on Mondays. Today's Monday and we'll talk to his head. Coach John Cavanagh later on and find out if in fact he went back to the Jim. Wars Planning on going back to the Jim. I know there's still in Las Vegas but if the UFC IF C can get three fights out of Connemara they did a eleven million dollar gate a little more than eleven. I think eleven point one fourth highest in when you have SI history. He is now responsible for three of the fourth largest gates in in UFC history. The one lone one that he wasn't a part of U. OF C.. One twenty nine. That was the Toronto over there. Levin Point one for U. OF C. to forty six one thousand nine twelve point one seventeen point two for two twenty nine that was the Habib Card right and then of course to a five the first MSG carts seventeen point seven eleven point one for a guy who people said his popularity was was was was dimming. A guy who people said was shot a guy who people said no one cared about anymore a fight that people said no one cared about. What do you think it's going to be in his next fight? Now with the whole world eating out of his palm once again. I thought that he handled everything perfect. I thought he was a lot was made of the fact that you know. He didn't answer the question about the sexual assault allegations of the press conference. I think he was ready to answer that question. I think that they shouldn't have stepped in. Obviously the fans acted like Jack Asses in that moment and it's to be expected at the press conference in a want that but hey he I think he was ready to answer it and I think that would just been one more thing. That was the lone negative thing that people were writing about. That wasn't answered. Even though he addressed it in our interview review he was ready to answer that question. And we'll see how that situation plays out and we'll see if he's able to continue to fight here in America but as far as demeanor as far as the way he was acting towards Sironi I felt like he looked like a man who was grateful to be back who appreciated being back. Who appreciated the moment? Who missed all of this? Who missed you know? No being in the spotlight in the limelight miss fighting and he was on point. In what a way to start. What a way to come back and now it just opens up a bunch of possibilities for him like I said did he has a ton of options and I'm reminded of what he told me in two thousand fifteen after he'd be Josie Aldo? He said the fight game is all about numbers and options. Well he's got the numbers you saw them and you know he's is GonNa make a hell of a lot more I feel like they almost gave the UFC a discount on this one. They just wanted to get back but make no mistake about it. People are over remember. He said in the interview that was a one fight deal. Essentially you don't think they're going to be talking about more money going into the next one. He's got the options as well. In fact. I asked on twitter before the show. Who Do you want to see? Connor fight next. Not who will he fight next. But who do you want to see him fight next. The four options were Muslims. Who is in attendance? Conner didn't like the research he wrote but he was. There seemed to draw his liar number. Two obviously Nathan Diaz who connor mentioned in the press conference Mike von Asked him about and you notice he said Nathan he he said Nathan which I will take as a sign of respect towards Mr Deeds but also that. He's a loyal watcher of our program. Here number three Habib Ferguson winner and again in Kansas Ray Habib Kansas. He's fighting Tony Ferguson. On April Eighteenth. He's twelve in a row for God's sake so winner of that fight April eighteenth and again. I want to remind you Ramadan coming up after that. Fight this idea that he's just going to sit around and wait to fight. Habib is insane and he's not going to sit around and wait till September absolutely not or October. It's not going to happen. He told me my interview. which will play for you in just a second second that he wants to fight? Before the summer he guarantees for some and the other one was just engaging. I think those are the four main ones. I don't want to entertain the idea right now. The Floyd fight. I don't want want to see him straightaway. That's what kind of started this mess. Sick to what you're good at stick to what you're best at right when I was a kid. I was annoyed. That Michael Jordan went to play baseball. It was cool for like two months but I want to see him come back to basketball. Even though I hated the most you WanNa see the best compete at. What they're best at and CONOR McGregor? I don't care what any of you say is still one of the best fighters on the planet. He saw some work to do but at some point he will get the respect. He deserves if he continues to keep doing this. Look at the resume at this point between Mendez Emporia. Oh yea although Eddie Alvarez like look at the resume the second win what he did this Ronnie here so he keeps us up. He'll start to get that respect again. So the question is who is next and when is it. What's the status of the poll? Status of the poll is with over forty. Six thousand votes for him Ali's L.. Leaves with fifty four point four percent will then the beavers Tony winner with eighteen point. Six percent just engage. He was seventeen point. Four percent and Nathan rounded out with nine point six percent. That's shocks me Nathan. Has last I thought it would have gone whore. Hey Da's Habib Ferguson winner Internet Gateway I think Gateway was actually the big loser on Saturday not being in attendance. I think being in attendance I think use Mon- being in attendance. Who by the way has a cast? I don't think that's going to happen next but I think not being there not attaching yourself to the fight was a mistake. I personally think that was a big mistake. But wow big big big big vote for Mazda Nathan has last. That's shocking anyway. We'll see how plays out. We'll talk to his manager later in the show audio tar. We'll talk. Of course Jon cavs well connor a lot of you were saying why is connor on the show has and the guy giving me enough over the past week. I mean I can't keep going back to that. Well Gimme amy the one hour. Sit Down and gave me the post fight interview which meant a lot to me. First Time I was back there since two thousand sixteen so I want to thank him for that and it was great to be back there with the team great to be interviewing viewing him again and great to see them in good spirits so in case you missed that post fight interview with Connor moments after his victory on Saturday night in the locker room. Here this this is after everything that you've been through since the Habib fight is possible to put into words what this moment means to you had will pay us. It's no different than I was before I just was committed and more tired and and it and that's it we are all equal. I feel you know his the worker willing to put in and the commitment. You're putting I was committed. This cabin am happy and proud to represent my team and I walk. Is it fair to say that your little motion all right now or the fighting has an emotional game rollercoaster of emotion. Maybe a little more time off gone true when all the teams going to school to get us back where we're where we belong. Do you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders heavy. I want him back on the Internet. And so and now I feel I feel good. I'm very very happy very very proud first. Victory since November of two thousand sixteen. Did you miss this feeling like being here with your team. Your family getting to celebrate after fight. Come on lastly before we lost in a box in my team and I have never may never really be. Let's be real. You've never seen me. B B convulsant. Them to a blouse closed John. I mean and so putting them down so much as you can that narrative of so long since we you know what I mean. He's just been outside the game sporadic with my commitment to it. So it's good to be back on Saturday though. Did you expect the fight to start out that way was that. What you envision vision? I just saw I was wanted to go with the shot for Sean. He dipped under he. Didn't she'll fair play on me just dipped on the no. I'm happy with the clue in many ways. You know he was planning to head kick me. He wanted to knock meet with a head kick so happy to catch him. I knew he had flaws ause without a in his own game. What a record? He has to hold the head kick knockout same phenomenon echo of the catch him with the head cake. Some very very plays with that. You're quick to tell us. Afterwards I man to get a finish at one forty five one fifty five hundred seventy. Is this something that you knew about each my name and yes I did. I told you off camera thousand held another saying that there was something I was going for. NOCCO victory of across three weight divisions granted. It was a technical but they're not get nonetheless. You know so and Donald Phenomenon fairies not. He's not easy to put away so known. Put them away and forty seconds so very happy very pleasing on we go you feel like the fight went a little. All too long could have been stopped earlier. Probably yeah probably had to myself dollars done them a little bit and I should've picked shut a little bit but that would probably be my lack of Time in the cage. I've been out so long so when you get a little excitement just jump on it but then I could hear John in the corner ourselves Pick your shots and then I control the head of the stoppage and I'm happy new. It's very fresh. But how quickly do you WANNA come back very very quickly. I'm God God God willing. I hear fresh air tonight. So and I'll I'll I'll like I said celebrations a little celebration. Spend time with the family and then back back to China. So I'm I'm sure talking in within the next week and see what happens. You're back before the summer I'd say so. Yeah possibly I will. Yes 170. We'll see could be could be anything. Could be anything I know in the cage. You didn't want to call anyone out but in your heart. Is there an opponent in mind. I there's a louder so I'm just just building myself I'm still there's still work to be done. I feel it still a lot of work to be done. I eat a lot of heat some amount of workload on top of made in this camp and at times I had to take back staffer Africa days to recover so now that I've built that foundation again I can I can sustain the workload and continue so this morning so I'm GonNa keep on. Keep that mindset and keep pushing forward did you notice or he might as well wearing your fur Saatchi rope withheld on that look ridiculous to me. It was a Moi actual robe. No Oh but it looks like the one that you were before the Mayweather Ridiculous County on on what that was about this. I was trying to get your attention right now. What's weird WHA-? Whatever that seems to be the one everyone wants? Do you want it. We can do no problem. So you're going to get me tangent as you. WHOA WHOA WHOA underwear was he? Wearing kind of weird is that later. I mean I don't know what that means. What Abilene House coatless? The Granny's in Ireland warehouse coats watching the soaps. You know like the soap opera shows may mean anywhere. Is that what that was about. Okay as far as the critics. Is there anything you want to say to everyone who said you were shot. One seventy was mistake all that stuff in more nothing silence. You know what I mean. Just focus on the positives folks on the support. Very grateful for the people are stuck with me to F- destroying time and this far for them considering airing how good you know the whole week went for you and such good place mentally right. Maybe now this is the new kind of like no more. No more the Rio comment I was going to be. It's always Korea. Whatever situation is going to blame? I'm just going to be real situation and true to myself and I have to ask your father. The Great Tony Mcgregor here and I noticed that you mentioned your mother a couple of times. Is Everything okay with her school with strongest woman. I know I love daily. And he's he's back at home she couldn't make the flight at this time and also am just WanNa show her support. I love my more ideal strongest woman. I know you're dedicated. This your son here. You know a prompted away and I brought my daughter and junior was 'cause donaldson writes only about one and a bit rate juniors about to like almost tree not just over two and a half a little bit more aware of what's the situation and so yesterday was a little bit taking Mac at the rain and that was kind of a test for me and then also the fucking. The foyer is ten PM. Don't mean upgrading. Keep it on over here but for two after ten PM and then it's a magazine as well. It gets crazy in there so they had them for the force. The last two Ford says he's a little bit younger now kind of understanding but not understand and at the same time so we left them at home with my daughter and that was a would have been a great moment. They loved the way Donald does it with with danger and and that that makes me respect him so much because understand that so deeply gentleman so and but maybe another time maybe in a few years time you know why no Bill Strip. I Dunno maybe when you actually really hit a bill. You don't need the village and I. I don't know I don't know again. I just don't do whatever I feel natural man. I feel everyone was waiting what I skipped around. You know what I mean. Keep them guessin so just when they think they have all the answers you change the questions. Like Roddy Piper. Finally is there anything you want to say to the people of Ireland notice that you mentioned Ireland right off the bat anything you want to support for the support my nation. I love dearly. I appreciate the biking and support over the years. I know Arlen is very proud of my success and you know they hold me accountable. Sometimes when I let them down. And that that motivates me and very very. I love my country daily so very honored to raise my trailer here tonight for the people of Ireland your back from nothing to something to everything to everything again. My Man. Congratulations enjoy the victory connor. Thank you I appreciate the work. Thank you thank you. That was a great privilege there. You don't get to go in the locker room after a big victory Quite often and when I walked in there all together the team was huddling together celebrating and just to be there for a few minutes was was really really cool so thank you very much to connor in the UFC for allowing that to happen. A couple of postcripts. You notice that I asked him about about the record of being the first man to finish at one forty five one fifty five one seventeen he kinda he kinda put me on blast. He said that he told me about this beforehand and he did tell me anybody said not to say anything and I and I respect that but after my interview with him in Las Vegas before the fight. He said he wanted to tell me something and I was like. Oh there's something juicy. He's got a secret he's he's got some insider information. I'm GonNa tell you something but you better not say before the fight as I promise and he said when I get this victory when I knock him now I'll be the first man to get a knockout finish at one forty one fifty five one seventy but don't say anything I want to say it. I was like okay and of course. That's not big news. Someone could have figured that out out on their own. Andrew Davis Mike Von all your other staff people out there you can figure it out yourself and maybe someone else mentioned it but that was a really big deal to him and you notice just when he talks about the head kick stuff Sironi having the record for most head cakes and all that you notice these things mean a lot to him which I find to be fascinating and so there you have it. He's the first man to do that. He wanted to be the guy to say it which I thought was was really interesting. No Billy Strut. I know you appreciate the hard hitting journalism awesome there. We were all waiting for wanted to see it. Play the package of all the people copying him over the years and he didn't do it and so he switched it up on us but I guess that makes them a very good show man and then you could see you know. We talked about what's next and he didn't really even rule out one fifty five. Although if you look that good at one on seventy in your your that happy not having to cut way. Why at this point would you consider it? In a matter of moments we're going to be joined by or Hamas but also get his thoughts on The fight and connors comedy really didn't seem to like the the robe and I will admit I'm not smart enough a smart people. I'm not sure who told me about it. I wasn't wasn't near Creek. May I'm giving too much credit here or there. What about this told you I? Did you tell me you were the one. Yeah who do you think thank told New York Rick Gay Rights Ask ask them why you are the one you are the one I tweeted the video and you're the one who became and where did you see it is the question scrolling twitter like who deserves the credit. There was unbelievable. You still wow and then they posted it on. ESPN FEMA right. He can say you're welcome to me. How he's going to text in five four three two one he actually called? Would you out earlier. He said you're recapping to forty six. And the connor figuring is not squaring off with the cowboy bobblehead. This is why corporate jake will never be near Creek. Rick can we just very quickly get rid of the lower third right over there. I made the switch to really see right there. Connor figuring you can tell him if he wants to set up the desk. Every week he can oh And Cowboy bobblehead. That's pretty sure we've done it like this. Maybe we should have done it like this. I mean it was right there for the taking and how about this car Kiruna at best buy woman in the middle. See that see what I just did right over here. This is great stuff other side computer right here. Yeah that's right. Well I mean that's an obvious one right. Aw He's writing. He said we not going to who verify into. Oh we're not going to verify info reported on the show jake out here lying by the way Jake's getting shots from all corners. TST We know weighing in saying that he would never make a mistake like that. You know who wouldn't make that mistake Roman of ESPN DOT COM. And by the way you can check out our the entire coverage over at ESPN DOT com. Slash Emma may team did a phenomenal job of covering from from last week. We'll really from the moment. The fight was announced. That's but from Monday to Sunday. I thought it was a really great job by everyone. Involved then again. It was really great to be a part of the the whole machine that is our coverage. NBC had a prefight. Show my friends. ABC ABC was founded. The American Broadcasting Company was founded in one thousand nine hundred forty three nineteen forty forty-three. ABC was founded two thousand twenty. What does that fifty six twenty eighty? Six years. My right eighty six years. Here's anyway in the eighty six I think history of ABC they had never aired any kind of emmy coverage at all not got a fight. Obviously not a Barker show countdown. Show not a special nothing ever and at two PM Eastern the air they lie. I pre fight show. Mazda was part of it. Michalis was hosting Dana. White was on it myself. Bread Okamoto myklebust being Charles. Sunan who Stephen a Smith and by the way I feel like a lot of people are giving Stephen a Smith a lot of crap just because they think that first of all Stephen a you guys think that he doesn't know Emma may the man follows. MMA he does he talks about all the time and not just a connor fight. I remember when I was in Ghana. Oh Jd last year. He was talking about that. Like the fighting. I T watches them all now. I'm not saying he's an expert. He's not even saying he. He's an expert and he doesn't even need me to defend him But what did he say that was wrong. Can we lost and forty seconds. That's it just said the exact same thing in a different way. Kevin Lee said the exact same thing in a different way. There's no case to be made. Run is never fun to fight where he didn't land at least one strike out struck nineteen to nothing now is bad luck it was a it was a shot whatever. The case is fine but at the end of the day it was pretty one sided fight and it lasted forty seconds. What more is there to say? So I feel like people are just taking shots for the sake of taking shots because it's cool to say it's cool to say that. CNA doesn't know where he's a casual or he's just johnny come lately or you know. He has no business being on the broadcast first of all. He's not really on the broadcast on the the sports in Iraq recap afterwards and second of all. What he was saying was pretty much what everyone was saying? And the cry the cries. It was fixed. I mean at one point. Are we going to stop with this stuff. Just because of fight ends quickly where you have two men competing in a cage. And it's four ounce gloves and it's as brutal as it is it doesn't mean it's fixed it doesn't mean it's fixed when it ends quickly was the Aldo fight fixed like what about that fight lead you to believe that it was fixed. What about those shots? Lead you to think that it's fixed. It's just such a tired lazy narrative live. You can be unhappy. That lost your excuse. Me Serono lost that Connor. Juan you can be unhappy that that it lasted just forty forty seconds or you know that you spent five dollars. I get that trust me. I get that you spend sixty five dollars or a thousand dollars on on tickets or something. I get being upset. I get feeling let down. I get it but it wasn't fixed. Donald cerrone is way too much integrity to fix a fight. You don't don't do that sort of thing you absolutely. Don't at this stage in his career. He doesn't have to fix fights he was getting paid upfront. If it's a fight for come on stop it with that. That's taking away from Sarony and his integrity and who he is as a man and that's taking away from Connors victory as well and so now the big question as we move on from this. Who's he gonNA fight next what we just did? The poll and the overwhelming favorite with what thirty thousand votes or something like that corporate. Jake forty thousand votes fifty. Six percent of you are saying that you want to see Mazda versus Conor McGregor. Well let's ask the B. M. F. Champion himself or Muslims to join us what he thinks about it all. How are you my man? I'm doing great what's going on with the hair. It's like a half Bun Osborne House taking off my braids got little lazy and stuff. And then I've got to have the interview. It's all good. I think it's actually a good look. If I'm being honest I respect you. What are we eating French Burrito? Oh Man I wish I could ever breakfast breakfast burrito right now. Well thank you for joining us. Sorry to bother you. We appreciate it so you were there in the front row. You do a lot of attention first things first. What did you think of the of the fight itself good? It was called in every single interview star violent invited. Both guys get after always looking for a finish off forty seconds We're expecting it to be that quick. A big part of me. Yeah if gobbling coming with the right game plan from the start on your show at night from you know. He's not a great sprinter off off the blocks. Connor is set it on Ambien right And the beginning of the fight was actually a little reminiscent of your fight against Ben Aspirin. Right the what. The beginning of the fight was actually reminiscent of your fight against aspirin. The way it all started with the need of the face somewhat unintentionally but it was it was almost the exact same something like the hit the hit him in the base. Yeah now what about the shoulder. Strikes people are not. It seems like they don't want to give credit for the shoulder. Strike saying that you know you shouldn't be able to get hurt. That badly from shoulder strikes. Would you think of them. What is it sounds muffled? You can't hear me now a little bit better okay. What did you think of the shoulder strikes where you'll get one of those we're going to get one of those good chronic home so this habit? Okay well you look great right by the way you sound great to us look you do you do you do what did you think of the felder strikes strikes irk you you know. I always like to see new techniques that are effective in any which way as long as legal round meals that it was pretty you okay shoulder but may so afterwards he gets on the microphone on and he didn't seem impressed with what your wearing and said the same in the interview with me said he he compared to what the grandmothers way where. Excuse me wearing They wear that to watch the soap operas in in Ireland. I let me ask you. What was the inspiration behind the outfit? Numerous things the main thing is. I didn't feel like leaving the house so then when I had to leave I was like I just stay comfortable being my. PJ's should've been my people said that you more that because he wore that Alpha prior to the mayweather fight. Is that true. I'm GONNA leave that open to interpretation lead that up for for people's discussion threads but all I know is that he don't want the fight so I'm gonNA fight no more moving out that fighting and you know this dude wanted to fight a bully. You know I guess it's had he's use wins right now. You know this guy's by men leaving the trilogy Khanate God bless him. Dude remember you know I give this to. CEO's losing and losing your punt of that but wait a second interview. Look me in my eyes when this interview and no nothing but the truth comes Your fucking deck known. Yeah I know I come in. Peace has behind my back. But what makes you think that he doesn't want the fight because I asked him and mobile asked him and he never said no he said yeah. Sure sure whether he could get it. I'd like that bill to I wouldn't mind what makes you think he doesn't want. It doesn't worry me have right. They could cut six promo of all time he could and he could've just been a good problem could have cut a things he's been saying I don't think so and I personally. The tiger needs to get fed. THUNK GONNA half only getting bored already has cast on so it might be a while for him. I saw your manager yesterday. Suggest gest that you guys should do an interim title fight you and Connor because it was meant as out of the car to do that but one of these guys you perhaps grab women. I mean that's the way he's been tugging should he's been saying but if condo wants it will get it done. You know won't be hard to get it done. But Itamar reminding the senior team bullshitting and stuff. You know from scrap unimpressed with his post fight. Talk Not that. I'm an impression on me. He has different plans and ruinous plan. Either he's had his own plans NC wants to go and get them done. My brother I do. But let's I'm I'M GONNA get. What were you surprised that he seemed to be that bothered by the outfit at any minorities bothered by the outfit? I didn't Omer and but if he's pissed off I mean fuck you know there's only one thing that I definitely work better. And maybe reason why he's upset. How much does that cost you? Mind me asking can't say that it was a gift so I I really don't know okay. Was it from Donatello for Saatchi herself. It wasn't I wish okay. Because because I think she gave him the original one that he wore right. That's Nice as power movement. That's nice or maybe he just said that that I don't know but not minds was guest. Okay I saw on your twitter said I saw that I needed to see essentially slee. So what does that mean. I was just like a like a flying alone. When Shannon competitor fighting my showed up the need by just Just to watch is a fan but also just across path in the real time certain things that I can see why could still see him but at the same you know from everything meaning from language when he walks into the cage. What he's doing before what he's doing after all these things that I could see just like a flying? Is that a moment. Spain's everything from how the breathing everything everything I got a clinical I when it comes to that stuff and I could see a lot of things especially in the basin and what did you walk away with every bite them about going to I Do like officials report on it. You know I passed by the math department and square roots on what Claes and then I come up with a form and then I seek to that formula no matter what but you came away it was stuff from that fight even though it was so short Mike. Let's no fucking emailed myself. You know these points that I wouldn't forget Song Orange we're ready. We gotTA formula eliminate them. So why are we Pooh poohing this. I feel like this was the thing I mean. The the the fans clearly wanted fifty six percent of forty thousand fifty thousand thousand votes that we had on our poll. Today say they won't you. Of course they want me because it they they know that. I'm GONNA bring extreme but I you know in his success as just because the fans of me wanted or Ameinias I. I don't think that's even legal. You can't force me or you want me to share with all due respect. I feel like he's not the issue. I feel like the only one who's really openly against this. Right now is Dana. I feel like connor hasn't said no to this. He's pretty much said yes to everything at least publicly. I don't know about privately and then we'll get them. We'll get it done. You Know Dana doesn't like it for different reasons. I don't know if I could say Dana. You can tell you things you you know I think to me. It's more like a also I'll come on. What are you ruining our moment here? We need the honest truth every once in over Abe come here. Let's talk to come here Abe. I have a big bowls depict with you interim title. You'RE GONNA campaign for an interim title really come on the B. M. F. titles way more prestigious than an interim title. Don't diminish it. I I agree with you. I agree with you but unfortunately To be able to get connor get the flight eight. There has to be what he wants. And that's pretty much a one seventy pound and so for us to make that happen And looks like he's singer he's got a castle and since it. I don't know how long he's GonNa be out or I just figured the easiest way to make that happen but you know like my man says nobody can can force. It's another man again into the age. You know about gun to their head or giving them a contract though What we think is going to stay with us and we'll figure out the right okay? But but you're on the front online's do you feel like this is possible. Does you see really not want this fight. It's the biggest fight they can put on right now. I personally think they do want a they do either. One both liked. Actually I think if if the USC really was trying to do this they would probably want the Mahsud off by first and then Connor goes against afterwards. I think that that's their all your perfect okay and if it was up to me as well which which one means more to you right now which one it it was up to you both guys want it. 'cause I knew you were asked this question on Thursday but now it's Monday and if I tap in which one do you actually want more or connor will. I make considerable large paycheck with connery. Yeah if it's on a personal messiah potatoes and tomatoes. Being the same I would. I would take a lot more a pleasure in dismantling whose face than what Congress would I would. I would have a sincere join side of me. I can kid on Christmas opening numerous numerous gifts if someone was to do that I got the bad guys. Why Zach definitely? There's something about his face. I just I don't like it. It doesn't sit well with me. I don't like this attitude as well. Either Carbon who I've been doing. Sixteen buccaneers on the fight of the year. And I'm at your fucking weight. Can you GONNA be as Corny and a petty as shown single you know by the doing personality yet seventeen different fucking personalities up when I'm one of them has made the DV so The fuck is is up. You know ocassionally if not ever. He doesn't want he doesn't want he keeps going to make this abundantly clear in every fucking interview that I get asked about this how he wants to fight the guy that's right lonely because this is ranking system. If you don't know 'cause a lot of my fans personnel assistant too much I'm GonNa take five segments explain there is a ranking system and I'm ranked in the system. He wants to fight the guys right below me that he already. He says the provide he sounds at one hell of a politician me and I don't like politicians Mr Trump sprinkle okay area. Yeah well now. You're the one I got a bunch of users don't WanNa find them haven't played by myself segregated population. I don't you they will buy middle but I will say respectfully I asked Connor about you being the opponent next firm and your status in that way class he seemed open to it. So maybe you know something that I don't earn staff meeting and put together man. July six international fight weavings. Yeah no marches ready both major Brazil other stuff so I guess you lie. International Fight Week would be a great time the fucking have the base event of the history of the Sport International. So kind if you want to do it and it's still not let me know I got shit through man I mean what a pay. What you you get for something like that? That'd be probably the biggest of your career will be the biggest pain you better. I can't I can't tell you how much I'm GonNa make sure sure sure there's more stalkers and more people saying that money and lawsuits and things like that. I'm I'm doing this fight for free. Okay Yup Yup I got you I got you things have changed in your life. So much has changed. I mean now you've got your own mess. Cal is called Moscow. I've never truck. Sometimes we should really congratulations. It was cool to see you up there with Stevo. You've got your own little private party a you're hosting a press conference. I mean you really took advantage of of last week in Las Vegas. You're being interviewed. When wins a non competitor being interviewed right before the main event on the pay per view? This never happens. So that's why I feel like I feel like there's some I like Cherries area. American ally like Okay much with them on. ABC's been broadcasting the nineteen forty. They never had it. Yes may content. DISA- was the first one pot that shirt. I'm not sure this nasty motherfucker right here. Okay all right well done. I think deserve all the credit for that age of so and you even have now even our fighters paying homage to you. Brian Kelly her with his hands behind his back. You see that Brian Kelleher. Oh She A. I was alive and he when when you said he had ability was discussing now is a nice fucking were there. Kaitai advice odorata explosives that Jamaican doing crazy. That was fucking by it was straight. Yeah there it is right over there. There's the photo look at that and just do standard any garage duman. Yes he's a great guy. We just had him on well so I have to say I feel. I feel. I thought you were going to come out. You know responding to the comments about the rogue and everything like that saying you're next forty second this and that but it sounds like you're kind of moving on wants now shower. We see if you don't want him. What what you can't keep asking this question knowing the contract gets in front of my face? The numbers add up to work. I'm asking or yeah encouraging baptize on TV easy math. Did you hear Anthony Joshua use baptize when he squared off with Tyson fury. He said the same thing that he's going to baptize him. While while they're excuse me take my bad. Yeah I guess you had an He said he's the preacher resulted. One do ties to show it off again. Sure we have a competition Better being a wildlife anything and by the way just ask you. What's up with the pizza thing where you're folding the pizzas? Now like two slices. Is that a real thing. Seems like a lot of bread that just double the flavor in your mouth w explosion. Okay all right. That's your thing. Yeah we're actually having a pizza pop up from one of my really good chef friends to To New York. And we'll be having Papa there you be driving time soon but it's good okay and I'll be starving. It's all you know what's up and my colleague Chill Son told a story about you at a club Eh. Real story this being sharing stories about you now. You guys are like best buds. I have no recollection election story. Okay well he's just exposing yourself all right so to recap you want this fight but you're not going to be asking for it anymore anymore. You're done doing that. You showed up. You did your thing. He didn't call you out. And and if not you're moving onto twos Mon- BINGO nailed it. And did they tell you how long this is going to be out. Yeah he's out indefinitely us or something like that. Well what are you GONNA do. You'RE GONNA wait wait for two years. No Ain't nobody has meant somebody. I'll find somebody who This man's in the meantime I keep myself occupied. This is the only only thing that that helps me reminds idee in all my low self esteem issues and stuff kicks. I don't believe that for a second okay last thing. If you do fight conor would you put the belt up. I've already explained if unplugged my built up. You've got to put up. Because that's like Mr Dana White said in company. It's one out of one it's money forever. It won't be done again. Yada Yada Yada you know and then anyway connors fuck boy man you know. He said he designed about and then he said to. The belt is ugly. What fuck so you fucking designed the ugly about monthly You were saying about this now that but I remember him tweeting saying that he signed off on the belt is scheduled spewing is everywhere just like his eighty minute knowledge. made the fucking by the fuck outta humor. You don't believe that that's I'm not I'm not I'm going to see him bullshit with nobody. Meant you WANNA fight. We're GONNA fucking fight when a baptizing you gotta go to fifty five and in gone down there but at seventy it's only me me. I mean it. You don't believe the eighty million. I pray that somebody will make them money. Cherif Gray weren't revealed that somebody broke those barriers. So people can keep pushing the boundaries on the page. But I don't think so I just don't think solar okay and just to be clear because you did you already explained it What would you want from him? If he doesn't have a belt Ch- we got to put up some cash money. If you want this about I gotTa Talk To my dad because I gave it to him anyway anyway chair. My Dad's a gambling man and my dad would mind me game in the belt. But he's got some type of lateral but then nice chunk of money Shem uh-huh uh-huh okay. So you made it clear. Can I ask a before before we go. WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN A? We need you again. What's the game plan? What's the game was a game plan or where he's next move? We are patient vigils Asian Surgical Virtue Nation. Wait do you want the connor fight Yeah I'd be lying told you okay. I needed that Okuno who I wanted to connor fight. It sets up him and his future. He's not into this game fifteen years ago to make a whole lot of money and you know sometimes those fights come once in a lifetime. It's it's Emmerson I I do. Believe if it's not him or he will set himself up loose mint to become that and every fight going forward he would be just as big if not bigger than CON. Okay okay 'cause The guy the council on seventy or and the whole BMX stuff. I think cars you know. Sort of backtracking. Yeah so you know. You can't can't do you think the US doesn't want old. USC USC wanted or not being has always done fans want so. The fans are out there screaming for Warriors Conard than I think. Dan will come through with that. Like usually does what the fans do you think. Do you think conor doesn't want it that I think is more realistic connor. If you want something Connors oaten says it But we heard connor in this last night. We call it about and different fighters five different fighters. So it's weird you know. He has options and God bless them but we have options as well so I know a lot of people are still clamoring that bite a part too. That's another one that's on the table. Loosens out completely gone Mike. Putting an end to those rumors You know to the to the disbelief. That's going out there as well so you know it's another like I said. Connor doesn't take the fight. He's GonNa get passed over. It will dim his light until it comes to the point where it's the only option and then he's going to. He's not going to have understood all right. Good stuff guys thank you I think we now know your stance the team stance on it all. Thank you for doing this positive. So Oh what did you eat. I had actually had breakfast Burrito for breakfast as well here they have a cafeteria here at. Espn it was very nice. I had it in the morning. Oeser kosher us are you serious. You're putting on the spot. It wasn't your your. Your career is based off putting me on the spot for like five second of sorry it was was a Turkey not kosher Turkey and I'm sorry my parents are going to be so mad. My Mom's going to text me in the next three minutes. How dare you? Why would you ask to me this? I've been so good to over the years. Why would you put me on the spot controversy arrogance you know? It reminds me of the time. You're in New York. Can you like. Don't be asking me those soft questions that I'm like all right and I ask you by your Daniel like. Oh no no no no. I'm not talking about this. I was like what you just ask those questions. Saudi both of us. We pretend to be tough guys but deep down. We're just softies right. We're building bears. Eat Down Petty. Yes I like to think so personally. I thought you look good. I will admit I didn't get the connection with the with the the robe and everything. I didn't remember that he wore that two years ago. Whatever but but I thought it was a cool just will remember the best you know? You don't remember those therapists members. Just remember the good dope. Shit you know Respect but where do you even think of that like. What does that even like? Come from immagination box okay. So you remembered it no. I remembered that I wanted to win in strobe because I don't really feel I get dressed part of it was I fucking went to Be At the close of the pitching Moaz won't be comfortably later. And that's how I'm usually in a bathroom most Amnon Foam from the gym or or depending on the temperature and stuff. So you're actually saying it was a coincidence. Was a okay all right and he had the bottles there and everything. It was a nice scene. He did address you. He said that you look like a grandmother watching an Irish soap opera. So that was. That was an interesting. This grandma man was already later astronaut Amino grandma with the shoes fucking face because he don't want it man when he does he sound like I mean as you does it. Sound like county wants to fight media. Does this sound like He. That's yes I'm coincide. Despite eight you know that should he likes to do those. It doesn't sound like that. You know. Well you're connor on a sore. I feel like he does. I really do improve awfully ironical right. Let's let's see okay arms broke. See that yeah yeah have been yeah. It's okay we wouldn't sold by thousands of them. If it wasn't for bad you know so corporate jake. Corporate Jacob told me we had to wrap unfortunately or you know everybody officers getting a bottle of the Take that way. What everyone's what they're gonNA WANNA show resenting case personalize names everything upset? Jake's he angry yes I agree. I agree he's fin on some bad behavior by the way my mom just texted me. Thank you very much saying that. She's very upset for his rate at a week. And I'm in make disconnection all right. Well thank you very much love. I appreciate the time as always well done on. ABC Don't forget the little people all right all right there is the one and only or Hey Maswadeh game bread joining us with some interesting stuff following Saturday night so I guess it wasn't a coincidence or was it wasn't not interesting times. I still feel I kind of wants to fight. I still feel like it's the biggest fight they they can make right now. I actually think it's down to two people as far as what's realistic because again we've already talked about the fact that you know be is fighting in April and we hope that that I don't WanNa even put it out there. That might not happen. I want to put that out there so that it's going to happen April eighteenth. And that's the fight that needs to happen. Happen next for the belt. Ferguson hubby twelve in a row twelve in a row. It's gotTa Happen Right. So that's what happens. We're not going to see him till the fall going to wait till the fall so I I'm just putting that too. I feel like the two that have the best chance of happening next. Nate three or he won. Those are the two that I have the best chance of happening next. Are the most realistic to happen next. That's what I say. Nate three one. Both at one seventy I would say far third place would be Geeky. I don't really see anyone else and I actually think that one of the reasons why the GAY chief fight isn't being talked about more is because I don't think he wants vitriol. I think maybe his management might have something to do with. I think they like the fact that they're in a good place right. Now that you know the build up to the throne fight was mostly positive. uh-huh that. There wasn't a lot of animosity that there wasn't a lot of drama. I really think that they liked the way. This whole thing built up and I think that's important to them and so to go back to the. I mean not to say that they're going to try and avoid that by any stretch of the imagination at all but I think that it's important to them to to try to build on that and in the post fight interview connery's says he doesn't think that he's there just yet. So what does that mean at one seventy he. He looked very healthy very thick t h whereas a triple C. C. C. Not Henry Pseudo So we'll see we'll see how it all plays out by the way I did. See Speaking of Triple C.. I did see Captain Eric in Las Vegas. But he still doesn't WanNa talk to me. Still mad that I gave Eugene Eugene Behrman the the coach of the year ward so. I tried my best. I tried my best but one day. He has an open invitation. He could come on the program whenever he wants and we could talk. I told them this I told Henry this. Come on the show. Talk it out. Tell me why you think I was wrong. Tell me why messed up. And then we can move on but for now he's still upset in a matter of moments we're going to be joined by Audie. Atar who is the manager for Conor McGregor who can probably answer a lot of these questions about Congress future. What's next and and really the moment there? Because like I said when I walked into that locker room and he doesn't like the narrative that this was his first victory since November number of two thousand sixteen but that is in fact true he just says hey you know I once and I really didn't get beat. I got petting cussing beat up but it was. It was a nice scene in there. Everyone one was happy celebrating. It was really cool to be a part of it in the in the McGregor Locker himself without further. Ado Let us say hello to audio. Tar the manager for Conor McGregor. Audie how are you. Oh I'm doing well please excuse my voice areas but thanks for having me out. I appreciate it very much. Thank you for being on. Did we lose the voice in celebration. Absolutely well I mean just that forty seconds was a very intensely second so You know it was it was. It was excitement from start to finish for for for our friends and our family and Just so proud of Kinda for twelve months you put in more employment. The the work that he put in leading up to this this This great event Yoshi to forty six last weekend so That's why don't the voices got. But so so I like to. I like this horse voice. Yeah it's fine and it's well deserved because of everything that that went into this and other than his family I mean you have been and by his side throughout everything especially over the last two years the ups and downs. You're always there when you need help. And there's been a few situations where he needed to help and so to see it. All culminate nate into this and to see how it all played out and to see the way the week played out which I thought like I said before I thought he was on his best behavior and really got people to to start loving him again and believing leaving. Emma get to see it comedy with forty second victory like that. How did you react? How did that feel inside? You Know I. It's great just to to just see it all come together but more importantly it was great for the world to see who Kinda McGregor really is. That's the kind of Gregory. No that's kind of Gregor we love of and I think he said it all week. It's not that he changed. It's he's just learning and growing evolving. And that's the most important thing so rather than it. It being a new and improved connor so to speak. This is just. This is just kind of present day. This is connor with everything. That's happened throughout the last eight years that we work work together You know the go to the bat the way that losses and all you could do is grow and all you can do evolve and if you don't then you you know you're you're effectively going back right if you don't evolve you're you're effectively dying right so I'm just super proud of him. I'm so happy for him and his family and our team And it was just a great night. I think that the reality of it is and he said it best. You know that the critics critics are going to constantly criticize him so it's never good enough no matter how good we do. I think the one thing that's important not only for kind of all athletes and their team respective teams is that you have to celebrate the wins but keep pushing forward celebrate the wins but keep working at the end of the day. No who you are. What you are? Don't let the you know the the media critics gets you down. And let the motivates you let that be fuel for your fire so I'm super happy. Four him for his family for our team that he was able to really take everything. That's happened up to this point. The good the bad the ugly the wins and the losses and really this show You know who he is present day and how he's how he's responding to all that right because he's been so much said about him and the one one thing that I love that that's also been said that he was able to prove people wrong was patties being so nice. If you're gonNA perform you know is this a is this a As as people would criticize previously in and use this phrase but was this a touch but session. What's going on there right? But I think he prove prove that not only was he super focus. But the respect and the positivity throughout the entire fight week did not necessarily. I certainly me that you were going to see less competitive or less aggressive athlete to fight night. So I'm just so happy for him You know what what what an amazing performance but more importantly as well You know just so so proud of the team and how we all stuck together everything we've been working so Thing I'd like to say hats off to tell us about it was car. Camp is management Just just cure class. You know. They've they've just been professional from the start of this thing and you know it was just such an honor to be able to share. Not only for Connor should octagon with them for rush to share it now. This great event together and putting it together and you might their exposure and And work that went into this. I I just took my hat off to them. Pro Our work that they put in and Just nothing but respect and appreciation for being able to you work with one another. I'll be another side of this thing and Craze magic last Saturday as you know being in this business for a long time on on Monday after the fight you don't really get a chance to at least we in the media and the fans like we're over the fiery. Everyone moves on. We WanNa know what's next and so there's a lot of debate today about what is next and could be next and when he could return. What would you like to see happen if it was up to you what are you what are you going I you know I mean yeah? You're so you're right. That's that that's awesome the case. But you know these these. These athletes are human right so they're still still processing everything that's happened. There's still you know confirmed what thirteen there's still enjoying the moment or even you know just even if you lose right you're you're you're still in agony right over the night right and still processing. Awesome all these different emotions with your with your closest loved ones and your closest team members. So it's hard to always say who's next what's next you know it's just like there's so many options. Here's the reality Red Penny Knight's still in full effect. We know that I think Kinda did a great job of identifying I think so many different options so many different opponents that he could face and the one thing I've always been I've always said that maintained and I still to hold onto whoever Conor McGregor face is going to be a big of it so the end of the day. He's the biggest Jong combat sports not just express lots and and And I and I think that there's options you know. I think I think there's options for him. I think he's just need some time to to continue to process what just happened. It's you go. She put in so much work for forty seconds and You know I still have over three hundred hundred messages so I can only imagine what his phone looks like. I mean nobody compared to who he is right so ultimately I think he's gotTa give some time. Let let let the dust settle. Let let us take this all land but more importantly we I think for him. He's just focused on the process. So I went out had a great after party and that he was very disciplined. He still enjoyed himself let loose. It's a little bit. But he went home route thirty and have I would have family and it was in bed nets it woke up the next day and he was picking me all these different ideas thoughts. What's up some from from professionals? There wasn't even just from after par. Step boy right So it's just great to see him in good spirits. But still I just dialed in so you know plan is really to get back to work. And ultimately I think once the dust settles once he processes all these things and I think as work work continues. He's going to really understand where he wants to go. That's just the most important thing prepare. Conor McGregor is is is a kind of a greater. I think everyone everyone wants to see right Joyce to see so. It's just motivates him that's the most important thing at this stage of his career. He doesn't have to jump into anything EXP because it's what Sharon says what. What ranking ringing? Say it's really about what motivates him at this stage of. Let me ask you this. Because we had Hori on before and he says does he doesn't believe Connor wants to fight but it seems the fans really wanted. We just did a poll. Fifty thousand votes fifty four percent say they want Mazda next overwhelming favourite. Yeah nothing but respect for her. Hey I think he's been you know a guy that has worked tail off and it has some seven amazing using success in the last twelve months in particular you know. and He's put himself in position to to garner this type of attention respected and it's well deserved so I congratulate him and I took my hat off to him happy for him now that he lost the scalp but ultimately it's going to be whatever Kinda was that's the reality of it so whoever Kinda gets motivated in wants to compete against is GonNa be who the next five is. It could be horny. It could be it even be although right so at the end of the day you know right now what we need to do still just enjoy the moment process. Everything has happened. Get back to work and you know when colored decide who he wants to fake next and the team will know in the world. I asked him in the post fight interview. If he could guarantee that he'd be back before the summer because of course. He says he wants to fight three times. Do you feel like that is possible just looking at scheduling They created this pay per view out of nowhere. This wasn't even on the book so I kind of feel like we can't even go by the UFC UFC schedule. If he wants to fight they'll make it happen but do you think we'll see him back before the summer realistically I think I think it's it's all about one. It's all all about what he wants to compete. I think that's the bottom line. Do I think it's plausible. That he can come back beach or seconds before the summer. Absolutely it's part. Part of the plans is something he said numerous times not only privately but publicly. So let's just see you know there's a few moving parts here. I think you know there's a Saturday. Sadly he has to continue just to get through this event. Because it's not it's not just because the event is done right So I think that th that's did that's a very realistic scenario. But we have to kind of see what motivates. That's the most important thing at this stage in his career. Okay and as far as the motivation how do we now make sure that he doesn't lose. Focus right he said a big part of IT IS I. Don't if I'm focused. I don't get into trouble right. I don't I don't get off track back. This one was a smashing success everything. He said he didn't drink all this stuff. What do we do now to make sure that he doesn't now go check? Keep working keep working the reality audio again. Caller as a human being the difference between kind of Gregory is that he is a spotless. Everything he does he sneezes. It's on the news. Was He farts. It's on the news he talks about. You know losing focus in getting off track with work he has to talk about it. It's sure as mindset. What happened what do you need to do you? And I don't for the most part right right But at the end of the day it's just about continue to attack those telling and he and and and trust that he has a great team around that we're constantly different that every step of the state so I think that the one thing that you know you can't you can't This is You know What what is it that he has to do? It's not it's not like any secret sauce. It's just about what we all have to do. You know and he said it throughout the entire week and he just had to reset refocus we all sometimes lose. WHO's focused? We all know sometimes make make mistakes and and you know how to effectively just kind of get back on track and focus on what gotTa Stare Erin and just think back to the basics of you know what we were doing to get to that point of our life but also understand where we want to go in this in this stage of our life and career and continue to do the things that got us to this point. Hopefully they will continue to get us to the next player of whatever for those goals and and Goals excuse me goals and and Yeah I just lost my trap goes all right so hopefully yeah. I don't have a voice but I understand. I'll just ask you one more. was there ever a point on the entire process over the last two years everything that happened and we thought that maybe he wouldn't get back to this point. No no no I've worked. I've been fortunate to be around high level last night. I've been in this business almost fifteen years around place for over twenty years No you know. There's there's people that that have worked with that. I I would you know you could see that you know the writings on the law so to speak And there's even others that have been I've turned me off wanting to work with them. It's never been the case for them. You know I'm proud of who he is. I'm proud of who what he's done and I'm even more proud of what we're about to do at the end of the day you cannot you cannot just Achieve your the cheese his life by being just someone that's average beat by being someone. That's that's I I can I say this you you know lucky person so to speak a lot of people always say that about connor right. He's lucky or you know. They promoted him on. He got he fights right place the right time them. That guy's earning everything he's done in his life in this career and is going to continue to work hard just the way he did it to get to that point of his life and career to cheeses next phase of his life in career. And I think that this is GonNa be Great. I want to learn learn so much. He's evolved so much right so I'm just really excited. That he kicked off season in in in such great fashion. I Yeah I mean it's forty second forty second. Finish against such a legend in cowboys. Sharoni you know to add yet another record to his career. I'm just excited. You know so here. We are fight to season and rightfully so and and the train doesn't stop for you. Guys Chris cyborg making her debut. This Saturday that's a huge fight against Julia. Budd so get ready for that and feel better voice back for that big one audie appreciate the time very much. Thank you thank you. I don't think I don't think I'm going to get my voice. Unfortunately I I fly. I fly home tonight and then that's starting to fight with them super excited. She's getting ready to make history no way so she's able to to Hugh achieve what she's been working at a tail off to win this battle belt. She'll be the first one mixed martial artists in the sports history to be a grand prix champion so at the end of the day You know having having belts in all different major promotions a lot her career. It's just something that she's going to be able to continue that her career as well so I'm up so excited. Her congrats to you in the team. Ati Thank you very much for doing this. Thank you errol all all right. We'll talk to you soon. There he is Auditor President of Paradigm Sports Management. Now there was only one proper way to pardon the PUN end. Today's program it's with Conor McGregor is longtime. I'm head coach. Friend the man who has been by his side throughout this entire journey from day one in mixed martial arts and of course he was by his side Saturday night in Las Vegas because he was in his corner watching that quote unquote beautiful destruction of Donald. Sironi John How are you what does that. What are we going? Great Nice Smile. You seem to be in great spirits. Congratulations to you in the by the way what was being a good weekend I bet it was. I bet it was beautiful destruction. Was that what you had in mind. picture-perfect pretty much. What pretty much? What I saw so oh yeah I couldn't be happier? Couldn't be happier and I really enjoyed my minorities interview there. Yeah sounds a bit rough. Yes that's but Yeah we're we're all join ourselves. We we Christmas was postponed this year. Everybody he kept their. Everybody kept ahead down. Everybody kept working hard so for it to pay off and get a good result like that is is very rewarding. Can I ask ask you now. In retrospect what was the game plan was it to come out. That quickly was it even maybe missed the shot and then have him hit the head. What was the game plan? How much of this did you orchestrate? You know the the the thing about ring road as they call it. Am I not too worried about that. We Connor honor in in any area. But there is there is if you haven't competed in a long time that the desire for engagement does the desire for the first contacts. I can can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming and I think that's what happened like even walking towards the cage and he kind of started to run a little bit to the cage. You we know that somebody. That's going to be very Tuesday for the first contact so Yeah I ask them afterwards about. It wasn't really plan. He just saw him and he just wanted that first. Contact that first engagement little bit over-excited and fantastic reactions from Donald slip onto that. And then even more fantastic reaction an incredible feat of athleticism. A tweet it out. I thought it was actually the most impressive thing about the fight was how quickly he changed from showing punch to hipping in sprawling in to defend. Take down because it was something to To See a reminded me of Frank Shamrock back in the day getting on an ego for the for the big slam finish just did the level of lettuce system required for that was very very impressive. In have you ever seen connor throw the shoulder strikes like that. Is that something that you actually work on. Oh Yeah Yeah Yeah. That's that's been going on for for for For for the last year or so Yeah GimMe GimMe Gimme chosen to. Yeah I it's is the first time I've seen them to that level of effectiveness. Did they seem to cause a lot of damage. Obviously inspiring into Jim. You're you're you're not drawing shots with as much force to to to do that meant to damage but when they're separated on sell what the Donna was I was pleased. Connor said before the the no maybe make up for lost time. Maybe you know. Get a couple rounds and things like that. Did you see any scenario where this can go past the second round. Did you feel like you know especially after getting a sense for the week and and how he was feeling and how Donald was that this was going to be. Yeah Pretty Quick One. Well you know you and I had a few off camera that conversation of this I. I wouldn't be surprised for it to go and late. Because Donald's has shown in the past the ability to absorb a lot of punishment. I meant that I am kind of drag fights into intimate around I did say repeatedly that I taught this was gonna be the best am conor McGregor of all time. But I didn't know it was going to be that good I didn't know is going to be this good version of him and he just really has seem so so reached a different level of lenses now than he's ever had in his career when he was always incredibly always had an incredibly high fight. You you and I know that seems to be married to a Olympic level of athleticism. And it's it's a so much terrifying and fantastic at the same time so that being said does that mean you WanNa see him stick around one seventy that good without the way cut why bother going to one fifty five and yeah obviously unless the unless the title I said that I I don't see the reason for him to court. Wait unless Thursday a significant has to be a belt. Underline what why would he do So yeah stay this way. Don't don't don't don't don't go away. And then the big comes along then shed the last fifteen sounds. I don't know if there's anything more to this but I noticed in in the post fight interview you're actually in the background. You kneel down to the ground and you were just kind of leaning you know against the cage there and it looked like it was almost like you're you're you're breathing out a little bit. Do you remember that area. I in what were you thinking that it was almost like you. Were just taking a step back as much as you could go back in the cage and just looking around and taking it all in after this This crazy journey. You remember remember that moment. You remember what you were thinking. In that moment. Yeah yes you did this time last year. If you've said that's what was GonNa what happened. I don't know what to believe that I would have. I would have loved to believe A. I don't know if it's being at twenty nineteen for number burris ins professionally stuff going on parents and he buy Com who was a rough year at so it just. I just had to take a moment just to appreciate all all happening and now that one mental off for for more than just winning a fight did you have a moment with. Connor may be in the locker room at the at the at the after party. Where you guys got to talk about everything you've been through an had to overcome to get this moment You know he's he's he's swamped after host. Fight you guys all on interviews. And he's being pulled in one hundred different directions but he needed A. They'd give me give me a squeeze and say happy birthday downs for you. That's right what birthday I was going to get to that. What a what? A birthday present few January eighteen to experience that and and be on my birthdays. That's right the first one. Dennis seaver in in Boston five years ago. This one obviously a big John. Look you guys back in the day since day. One to be by his side. It's a IT'S A. It's a pretty amazing thing. It really is and so two. Now you know like I said the Audi- everyone's everyone's like okay. What's next what's next? What do you actually think it's conceivable that he can return before the summer before summer? Be Very surprised if he he wasn't gonNA compete before this summer. Oh Wow I wait. What have you heard? No I have the missile. No you say very surprised. So it's not even like yeah that's what you want but you're saying yeah. Yeah Okay I love it. Talk of March and March or April Lake. So I don't know what this is before. The summer have definitely definitely going to be competing before the summer. What I what I think would be would make sense? Was that we we get ready. You've we prepare for the April fight me avow. If one of those guys is unfortunate enough to not be able to make to walk that we're ready to go and then if that's not there if the if the if the guys make schedule one within a few weeks ago in a few weeks of April fight and then you're kind of on the same timeline as those guys for a fight and a couple of months after who would you like to see him fight. If it's not those guys just engage at one seventy that would be my personal preference really. Why because does he's another lightweight but why have the nitrogen has to cooperate and and you know that's the goal careful in my words here? The kind of vision is getting that one fifty five pound belt bags. So it's a step towards doc. Okay because You know the the fans seem to want Mas Vidal sure and who knows it could be that am I just if you're just asking sure sure my opinion and my desire that would be It'll be audience audience on Connor and UFC that make those decisions. I'll just being in the background with the With the State Book it could I ask them because I think this is a real thing. He was in such great spirits last week. Right I mean it was really amazing to see him and I think this is a real thing that needs to be brought up you book against just engage. He we know who just engaged. She's as manager is and we know how he feels about. Just engage his manager and he talked about in the press coverage. Isn't there fear that we get off track again and these bad feelings come up and it just comes venomous again. The Habib stuff. Don't we want to try to stay away from that. Maybe I'm wrong. Is there any of that. That's a concern was always risk right life. You know bed in the morning Ayubi smacked by a bus. Like there's always risk but we're moving forward and putting our energy and our focus on ourselves we've always had great results wenders being no opponent when it's being they're all the same we. We've we've heard those phrases and that's what they hope to continue and not the focus on what other people are doing and where people trying to go to reaction or people trying to distract us that we we just. We're just working away. Jim We have the team is. The team is even tighter now than it's ever been we have. We have a really good team go now. And you know the criminal boxing lads back on onboard nail. And it's it's a feeler in a really special time. So that's that's going to be. The focus is what we're doing now. Why anybody else's saying saying around anybody else's doing fair enough? He told me when we sat down after party Saturday night off Sunday. He's back to training Monday. Has He trained yet or is that still so the plan is he gonNA be training today. Z. Going ex you were we were chatting yesterday about about going to the Pi about going to the gym mm-hmm last night at didn't happen but we were talking about a few teams in the fight and say l.. Let's go down to the gym But yeah he's GonNa be he he'll be back in. I imagine we'll do something either today or tomorrow. Yeah is there any plan. As far as you're concerned as has. He said he wants to be active because when he's active he doesn't lose focus. So how do we keep the same energy right where he's sober leading up to the fine. We're not drinking. We're not miss communicating or not knock communicating. How do we keep? How do we replicate? What just happened for all the other fights it by having good systems? That's that's what I voltaire himself about. I've been good systems. That not too. Not too focused on goals not focused on this fighter on this date because you can kind of say well. Let's Mansue so we can do this. We can do that but focusing on systems and the systems that have worked very well over the last year is having a structure is having set training. Times is living life a certain way and it's at getting giving us great rewards so it's a case of keeping index going and just sticking to stick into two systems. That's that's twenty twenty systems. I know this is somewhat of a subjective question but is it possible if all that actually you know stays in place and he does remain focus is a possible at the twenty twenty version of Gregor could be better than Twenty fifteen twenty sixteen version of him. Do you believe that or not said this. ooh This is not. This is not a return to the today. To the Eddie Alvarez Conor McGregor although Conor McGregor this is a new and improved improved and better version debt athletes. You saw on there for all all too short. A time unfortunately is a a is a is a better conor McGregor. This is not this is not a return this is just a better version and we're in for room for in for for some good times. Wow It's was any point last week where you're like this is going to well. Yes yes yes saying this at this everything. I seem to touch last week. We're actually you know. I think a playing the lottery is is attack some people that don't understand statistic so I don't don't do it but we're going to play the lottery because everything just to go perfectly right. It couldn't be better for everybody. He was getting on the team. The you know it was my dirty weekend or some stuff in my personal life. It just everything just to seem to turn gold so the Laura would marry me but beside I tried to bring her down to delay chapel after to win but she wasn't having out of perfect sight refusing might fifty seven's proposal and it's it's a yeah I don't know this is where I feel. My Life is very weird arrigo actually my life. Even last night we got the you know the black rifle rifle. Coffee them randomly yesterday. My my second best show him. Does that a great day with him. I'm off now to drive a tank O on Lever Enough and and and shoot some big guns like do you like the Americans to do and yeah. I don't know I'm waiting for something to go wrong but hopefully not right and to that point. You're taking selfies with Tony. Robbins happens in the cage after conor fight of all people town. Tony isn't that amazing. How how big of an influence was he in this in this training camp You know he or I'm going to be honest and say I didn't know much about that world I'd seen clips of it and I thought it was a little bit of American kind of nonsense and put that mine as a genuinely great Paris first news just to be around people that have gone through. He told me a little bit about his personal life on. And how we are we. Are we got to where he was today. And when you're when you're around people that are really achieve achieve greatness true the the only ingredient that matters nuts raw hard work it only it only lifts you only gives you a boost so or kind of knew where you know some of the techniques. He was working with some of the His his gift was is visualization station. abilities but he's Tony's up taking note level he's had to give him a different a different language. Different vocabulary to us in that world. And it's it's it's great and we only did it for a couple of weeks and another Guy Brad. redwoods him Jim Ryan Bradley from the The forty niners. He is a or. Did you call a postal breeding. Kinda coach coach. Antoni brought him as well and we've only worked with him two weeks and I. I felt there was a difference already in that. So thank you very much. Tony Umbro Brian Were that's going to continue on true. Twenty twenty now on on things are only going to get us my big takeaway see what happens when you come on the show Monday. You get the victory Monday the fight you see. I'm making mistakes but I don't repeat the Mario you see. I'm trying to tell you so happy. It's a moment for just one quick message. Yes I'm the besting I taught about. The fight was conner's ability to change from showing punched hip in in For sprawl and that's because he has a fast brain FIS brain as a fast fighter and connors. Always being very mindful of Harry's protected to this head in in training and in of competition this competition but most fighters you only going to a couple of times a year and I was a lot of. I got a huge dramatic messages in my inbox from you're going to become a fighter One thing I would want to pass on will be to look after your head. Keep the head contact light. Keep the head contact like minimal because your best attribute is you have a fast brain because as soon as you if you get damaged. They're on your unable to react to things quickly. Forget yeah all lifting weights. Forget all martial arts techniques. It's all gone so fast. Brain firefighter look after your head. Well said great way to end it. Thank you so much coach you know. I don't take these moments for granted. I know you guys get hit up by everyone so I really appreciate you know the Monday of Fight Week and afterwards and then you could do a lot like drive tanks around Las Vegas. I guess so. I appreciate the time very much happy birthday. To and congratulations to you. The entire team on an amazing special night on Saturday night. Thank so much great chatting to you. All right we'll talk soon. John Thank you so much to him. Thank you so much to audience well for coming on and again congrats to the team Things are just a little more interesting interesting again like I said. Connor is around when he's fighting actively and when he's winning it gets even more interesting. You see the kind of buzz generated on Saturday. You see the kind of attention you see the sporting corning world stopping when he fights. You're a liar if you cover the sport or if you are a fan of the sport if you say otherwise that's not being you you know a fan boy. That's not being biased. That's just facts. And there's other people who fall into that category as well when John Jones fights absolutely but it's just a little different and when connor fights and you saw that again on Saturday and it was good to see that again so we are done. It's been a fun day. It's been a crazy week. Holy smokes like like a whole whirlwind but I loved every second of it loved covering it and I want to thank all of you for watching our stuff downloading stuff Tuning into our stuff listening to through our stuff got to do to radio shows last week in Vegas. It was just great in everyone who works on the team here. There's so many people you see me and you know bread and then the hosts up so many people who were fine scenes and they all deserve all the all the credit it's it's an amazing team to be a part of him very proud and honored to be a part of it and I'm looking forward to now more talk about what's next for Conran when he can return that sophomore but for now we shall say goodbye. What a fun date has been on the program? Happy Happy Martin. Luther King Junior Day to all of you. Thank you very much to Roxanne. Mata fairy congratulations to her. Thank you very much to Kevin. Lee What an appearance. That was. Thank you very much to Michael. Go get the book out tomorrow. quitters never win. Thank you very much to Giggle for hair. Thank you very much to holly home. Brian Kelleher congrats to him. Congrats to Ju- Dober- thank you very much to whore. Hey Mazal as always thank you congrats to audio tar and of course John Cavanaugh. If you miss anything check it out. Youtube twitter her spotify apple. All those places in more back next week save time and place to say pace. I'm out of here DOC. And looked at her and my coach standing keep standing I was trying to keep standing shutdowns and thought okay wait a second was that Roxy trash-talk that we just heard I feel like that's the first time ever heard you sort of trash talk. I realized we were we doing enough by audit will zero zero in on this little recommendation over here on the front cover right over the right over there it says area Hawaii mixed martial arts reporter for ESPN. What do you think Mike Shoulder is hurting? That means you can install and they already knew that so I'm not. I don't want to hear any crop about Paul Mad but he we've training the dog that he gets his shoulder strikes unlike any of the oldest jags known two month. No that is not the case. Joel distraction somebody does. It's like Komo. You stop shouldering the face because it doesn't hurt that you notice for him as well wearing your research you rope hug about Bologna over differen- Orleans warehouse coats watching the soaps like the soap opera shows like many ways that this man was already latest grandma with the shoes of faith. Are you a model as well. You have like the technique down Pat. I'm interested anywhere can make money outside of getting punched in the mouth WHO's Monir Connor. I make considerable larger Patriot with the person who say it's all potatoes and tomatoes. Leaner saying I wouldn't. I would take a lot. More pleasure in dismantling blue's myspace conduct it. Sounds like you're kind of moving on. I'm not going to see him. Nobody nobody mentioned WANNA fight by BAPTIZING GONNA go to fifty five.

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"Before we get started with today's showed that any of you see that tweet. That Lebron James sent out congratulating Conor McGregor on Saturday night as a basketball anime fan. I gotta say say that really warmed my heart so if you enjoyed that moment as much as I did you might also like the next episode of the low post. podcast where my guy. Zach Lowe will have on Lakers beat reporter. Dave McMenamin to talk about Lebron's Lakers and a job. Well done by rookie head coach. Frank Focal so if you want to check that out you can find on the low post podcast wherever you're listening to this show right now. Today's episode of Area Who WanNa show contains explicit language that may not be suitable for all audiences listener discretion is advised and gentlemen them too. Yeah back in your life on this Monday January twentieth two thousand and Twenty Twenty Hogan everyone marijuana welcome back to the program. I'm excited about today's show back from Las Vegas Dare I say since I joined joined. ESPN in June of two thousand eighteen. That was the most fun. Fight Week that I've ever had. I've only been here around eighteen months but still that was incredibly fun. Got There Tuesday night all the way till Sunday. It was amazing. Doing all the shows sportscenter in Ireland. The bad guy there and the radio shows and the coverage and the media days as and the and the press conferences. All that stuff was just amazing. It was just such a such a fun time and it was amazing to see like how the whole thing worked just to see the muscle behind it all. It was just an absolute blast. And of course the big news conor McGregor victorious. The notorious was victorious. Forty second win over Donald Sironi when he defeated him in the first round via. TKO unbelievable sequence starts out incredibly fast reminiscent almost of the muzzle atkin fight almost Russia's into him Overshoots his shot hits them with the knee. Hits them with the shoulder strikes then the like The the head kick and then the strikes at the end. I thought it actually went ten seconds too long to be honest but Surani dental land a single punch. He out struck him. Nineteen to nothing in significant strikes second-fastest Asas win of Conor McGregor is UFC career. The fastest of course the thirteen. Second knockout of Josie Aldo. And in doing so he becomes the first fighter in UFC history to score finishes in the one forty five one fifty five and one seventy pound divisions. Isn't that incredible. And all the talk that maybe he was too small for one seventy or that. It was a miscalculation to fight at one. Seventy absolutely not true at least on this night and it was good to see him back on top unfortunately for Donald Surani. He didn't do much to redefine his legacy. This was an opportunity to shed some of that. You know he doesn't win the big one he doesn't isn't he doesn't rise to the occasion when the spotlight is on him the most it was reminiscent of his title loss to Rda around four and a half years ago he lost that fight in around sixty sixty seven seconds and it just seemed like he just wasn't there in fact not only did he not redefine Alexi. He almost reinforced the legacy. which is unfortunate for him because of course he is one of the all time greats and winning his fighter in UC history and most bonuses and finishes and all this stuff? But I just did not show up on Saturday This was all about connor from start to finish and now once again he has all the momentum he has all the leverage she has all the options uh-huh and we wonder who can be next for him is it. Mazda is a nate. Is it the winner of Habib Ferguson. By the way I is fighting on April eighteenth at least as of right now. We stopped disrespecting respecting this guy. And just talking about Habib like it's a foregone conclusion that he's GonNa win that fight. I mean really the guys on the twelfth winning streak. We stopped disrespecting him but it could be the winner of that fight. And please let's not entertain the boxing stuff anyway. I think that it's always more exciting. It's always more interesting when connors around when he's winning running it's even more so than that and so we see where he goes from here but what if week that was. He was on his best behavior. The entire time phenomenal week for him from from the moment that we saw him what what Wednesday just was gracious was was happy to be there was appreciative. was grateful on his best. Behavior was cool towards Sarony cool towards him afterwards for its towards his grandmother. Not Much to complain about and we wonder now if the narrative back home in Ireland will be that the fans are starting to jump back on the proverbial bandwagon for him. And when can he return. Will it be. Before the summer's he told me so much on this program today. We're GONNA be talking all things to forty six throughout the entire show. Many different perspectives. It was a fun night in Las Vegas from top to bottom and we got a lot to discuss. Let's get into the lineup. And then we shall get to our first guest of the day who had a phenomenal night as well at three forty as you probably guess. We'll be joined by CONOR McGregor head. Coach Sean Cavanagh. We have not heard much of or I should say from John. Cavanaugh other than and some tweets. But I'm curious about the game plan of curious about those shoulder strikes and if you thought it would go down there remember on Monday of last week. He said beautiful destruction. That's what and he predicted. And I think I think that qualifies as Beautiful Destruction Conor McGregor manager Audie Atar. Who's been by his side threat? What is entire? UFC run will join us at three twenty five curious to get his perspective on the business side of things where he goes from here all that stuff and more three. Oh five the man who was in attendance sitting in the front row with adverse achieve receivers Saatchi robe for him at all. See what I did there with the song receivers such as he will join us once again to get we'll get get his thoughts on what transpired and in particular connors comments about him afterwards. Judo Bor had a huge win. At you have to forty six against Nasrat huck past cost and I'm looking forward to talking to him first time that we've ever had judo. Br I do believe on the show. Also play by the way my interview with Conor McGregor in the locker room in case you missed it. So I'm looking forward to that. Brian Kelleher Boom Kelleher. Longtime friend of the program had a massive win over O.`day. Osborne got bumped to the main card after the Alexa Grasso versus Cadila fight. Got Off the card because Grasso miss wait. So what an opportunity for him to shine and he did so winning via submission. We'll talk to holly home at a two. Oh five about her big win over cal. Pennington Diego Fajita had an amazing victory over Anthony. Pettis subbed him very nice and now he's one six and and six in a row so a guy who's been new since two thousand fourteen all of a sudden streaking. These days Michael biffing will join us at around one forty talk about his book. That's coming out in the United States dates this week tomorrow to be exact. Also he was with me all week long annoying me quite a bit. If I'm being honest but we'll get his thoughts on what Connor McGregor did in Las Vegas. Kevin Finley will join US found out last week. He'll be headlining March fourteenth card in Brazil against Islam Mafia. But first let us say hello to our first guest most of the day. What a performance by that woman? Roxanne Motto Ferry. Everyone wrote her off. She was a massive underdog. Going to fight against macy. Barbara and all she did was beat. macy Barbara Hand macy Barbara her very first defeat inner pro-career and there she is the one and only the Happy Warrior Roxanne Modify Roxanne. Congratulations thank you so much for joining us having me on. Oh it's so great to talk to you. Everyone was writing you off. The odds. Were very much against you. Everyone thought this was just one step on the ladder that macy was climbing on route to becoming the youngest champion in. UFC history. We we've talked about you being just so nice and gracious in the epitome. Adamy of what a martial artist should be but deep down inside all that talk just kind of dismissing you an og a veteran of the game. Did it bother you that talk fuel you did you WANNA prove the doubters wrong and I'm always the underdog you know so I just have to focus on myself and be confident in myself and go get it. How confident offer to where you going into this particular fight? I felt great. I felt very confident coach. John Wooden made a great game. Plan for me you know. Move a lot a lot of INS and Out You know. Try to split her strikes you know head out to the side do a lot of uh split straits and it worked really well. You mentioned that you know you're always the underdog and I get that but in this particular fight it really did feel like you're being set up to be a stepping stone for her. You even pay you even hear that stuff or are you that focus on the fight itself that at this point in your career all that is just same old same old. I don't know I I don't really I didn't really feel us. It was great opportunity for me. You ought to fight strong up and comer. She's tough. I respect very much. So it's okay whoever okay. Her father told broke Lamotta yesterday today that he believes and they believe that she injured her her knee in the first ten seconds of the fight. When did you realize that she was an injured fighter that her leg was? Actually you know compromised in the second round When I she she was doing a very good job blocking my punches Che's with her face especially in the second round? I hit her with a great job. She went down and cried out. I thought that was odd. You know but I keep fighting and then between rounds two and three Dr Tim looked at her. And my coach said you know keep it stand keep standing and I hit her. I was trying to keep standing down so I thought okay. Let's go down we can was that Roxy Trash talk that we just heard. I think that's the first time I ever heard you sort of trash talk. Same fact so do do you buy the notion that she injured herself in the first ten seconds or do you think they're trying to take something away from your performance. No I don't think it was the first ten seconds I think it was you know when I hit her in the second round. She's steps and went down. Funny I think it was the the accident. You Know Steph was the actor not the bunch and there was a moment with the the doctor afterwards where he he says in the corner that he believes she had a partially harshly torn. ACL were you aware of any of that talk. Were you aware that she was that injured. I didn't hear any of that. I just knew that was bothering her. And you know never wants to cross my mind kick the leg you know. I think you know some people and I was going to take advantage of the mobility issue. But he didn't really want a huge injury like that's really for anybody right. And why didn't you want to attack that. At the end of the this is a fight in you. You win a fight by inflicting damage. You see that she's injured. Why not zero in on that like I didn't really think thoughts during the fight but now I'm reflecting I? One of my philosophies as martial artist is to win fights without causing pain so that's why I loved you just so you can choke. Oh come they go to sleep or they tap out so I mean it just didn't occur to me like I wanted to punch face no in house Kinda still the plan standing do some striking. Then she went down so I just kept going with that and she was still pretty partial. She refers me you know so she still had a lot fight in. She was dangerous so I said afterwards towards still pleased with my performance I still had to Karcher that victory of course and I think a lot of people respect that out of you that you didn't zero in on on that I said afterwards that okay. Maybe the doctor didn't stop the fight but considering how injured she was and how much pain she appeared to be in that her corner should to stop the fight. Live to fight another day. You're young fighter. What's the point? It just seemed like she was having a hard time standing. Do you feel as someone who's been around the sport. Do you feel like that's something that should be done more and in in particular fewer in our corner would you have suggested to stop the fight. No she's warriors. Let her go out on her shield. You know I really respect her for that unite. No she was is an obvious pain but she was still fighting his heart she could saying she was fine which was alive but I would do the same exactly really when he likes to stand up but he's still like saw as hard as he could on the ground like that. That's what this is a sport but it's also battle so I really respect her for that. Even if she had a partial tear and then it became a full tare here because she kept finding she could have reduced her time off. You got to win anyway. Whatever happens in there? You just have to win any way. You're you're tired you're broke many. Just that's the way it goes. You know there's a l or W on your record like you have to win anyway when you found out that it was a full tarrant. She's going to need surgery surgery and be out for nine months. Would you feel I felt like man. That's shame for her. But that's the game you know. Actually yeah too bad. I wish her a speedy recovery. And that's all you corrected me last week. I think you said that there should should be. I think four more fights on your record two. That was your fifty fourth pro fight if my math is crappy forty forty fifty. Got The numbers mixed up their forever. Would you say that was one of your best performances when your best ones maybe even in the UFC was that your your best one in the UFC man. It's hard to say. That's what my coaches are telling me. Okay I had a pretty great throwdown with Nico. I had great form. It's against barb. I mean I don't know though. What do you think I mean I think considering the stakes considering you know the stage considering what she had done going into that fight I think it was? Oh I do want to say something I really felt letting I reached a new level with my striking like I often feel very stiff and stuff in there and kind of Jerky by really felt more. Fluid had my feet under me and balance. I felt like I leveled up for sure though. I'm excited about that. Who's responsible for that John? My head coaches ages head coach. John would also add the striking coach. Aj Matthews working with both of them so thanks to them also Lorenzo my strength conditioning coach. He's been having me do a lot. The INS and outs and pushing off hearts. I felt like when I was pushing off. You know with my seat. I had long distance and I'm getting stronger. So thanks guys. I remember when we spoke. Get tough finale. After your your first stint in the UFC. And I think I've taught my head. I think the date was November thirtieth of maybe two thousand and thirteen. I'm just doing soft Mahanama Roxie but I remember talking to afterwards and you were disappointed you were also happy that you got finally in the AFC right and and of course you took some time outside of the UC you came back and now you're doing what you're doing now. Are you exceeding your expectations like did you not think that at some point where you'd like. Okay this is just my the story and maybe it won't involve that. I will have done a lot of great things but maybe it won't involve some wins and a nice run in the UFC. Is this in a weird way almost surprising you as well. I don't know if I really had expectations other than my opponents making weight which twice Raleigh sucked. I'm just you know I have my goals and I'm still working towards them but I'm able to look back and be proud of myself I have accomplished does it. Does kind of make you laugh that after all these years people still do do almost judge your book by its cover still. Don't give you the respect the respect that you deserve. It's funny I. I'm reading the underground and read it and comments informs the stuff in you know a lot of people are still like Oh. She's so weakened athletic. And she sucks Blah Blah Blah Blah. Then you know a lot of people people are you know giving me credit for my gross and saying that I looked better in No more strong and I don't know I guess it just depends and I'm just focusing myself and I'm you told us last week that you're you're coach from Japan was in attendance or was going to be in attendance. What did he say to afterwards? After that fight on on that stage was cool. I'm so happy that he was there. WHO's on yeah? He got to go and and he was saying that I inspired him. Everything we've in the past you. Actually he did. Maybe if you're really good he said everything that happened in the past led up to this this moment you know because he was with me when I was winning and then when I wanted my losing streak you know. He cornered me in London. Okinawa like all over the place so he was there and he saw that and he said like nothing that you did Roxanne was wasted. Everything added up to this moment. Where I got to see you on this big stage having this and I'm so proud of you that utterly like well yeah I mean? I think that newer fans might not even know not that long ago. You aren't a six fight losing streak I mean you could acquit. You could have walked away. You said I'm done into see you doing this. Now is is is truly an amazing story. Now how do you build off of this right because you've had in the a loss of winnow. How do you go on a streak? Now what do you need to do to actually string a few together. You're just GONNA keep training every day improving everything to my wrestling. Mice Turkey my elbows. How awesome coaches keep getting stronger and hopefully might lose miss? Wait a make way. I really haven't lost the anyone who's made weight in the past several years right. I the freight if anybody in the flyweight division you know. Bring him on. I'll take your veterans I'll take your up and comers I'll take anybody in the world but I'm a hard worker so you know I can. I'll get the job done Damon together. I think I saw you at the official win. You stuck around to see if she would make but she. I think she was the second to last person to show up. Were you getting nervous. I I was getting worse. I really wanted to go eat Vasic man I really WanNa Watch. Make sure she makes wait so then I should say oh there she is so I went over with the fans the fan section and then when when she made way we all cheered voice. I think I saw you off to the side was a different fighting on a connor hunter card like did you feel like the spotlight was greater. Did you feel like it was. It was more intense. I'm not sure really cool to have the spot brought that I had. It was the last night on the ESPN cards. That's pretty cool. And I was very honored like in Media Day. There was a long line of reporters to talk to me. I was like all and excited about that. So yeah I guess they're more hybrid more media from here but that's cool and I'm not I'm not well-versed in this stuff. Can you explain what you were wearing the inspiration behind it the the hair and all that. What does that from was that dragging ballsy? I'm I'm not sure how much detail I should go into. But you know the hairstyle represents my power level okay on the M represents like a more aggressive like killer instinct kind of thing and I had this plan I would like it was a sticker right so I have it in my hand like power up in like a hand on my face and it would be on my face now a show. I like power. The killer instinct. And then Actually dropped the snicker was like trying to like they make it seem cool. Stuck in my head is but it's still it's cool and I still was able to show by worsen my my power level and those of you out there what I'm talking about. Wow so you can't really tell us the full story is this like an insider thing. Whoa I feel like on on the outside of an inside joke here? Not a joke thing. I'm like I'm not cool but is it from a show. Wow why so secretive. Oh you were wearing it really okay. All right well I don't WanNa get you in trouble. We'll leave it at that all right. I'm sorry I just wanted to know I was curious. I wanted to be too by the way they announced this morning. That the viewership on the prelims peaked for your fight. One point nine million viewers were. Were watching that fire. That's pretty amazing. Isn't that incredible. Everything's GonNa Change for you now. You're a superstar or do you know how many fans sent me pictures of their betting tickets that they one hundred dollars on my fight while Lockin. I say your will go. Oh my gosh. You're the best. Did you say anything to to macy. Afterwards Yeah I said I'm sorry actually during the fight I accidentally people during the fight but when she went down I accidentally set it up. I'm sorry but it was more like I have to keep eating. I hated that her leg was injured and she said No. It's okay it's hard the game then we kept punching each other After the fight I said you know you will be champion someday. Believe that is she's talented. She's a hard worker. You got injured but you know I did win the fight. You really did feel bad like in the in the middle of the fight. You're feeling bad about the state of her like. Yeah yeah that's amazing it really is and how did you feel about her taking the microphone before you got to speak mixed feelings. So she she said it was an honor to fight me and cool and then she said she wasn't embarrassed by because it made me shine or something and I was like did teach us this mirror. She just young now the benefit of the doubt. So I don't know I was kind of like whatever I mean. I won the fight and I. I believe that you know. Even if she hadn't been injured her leg would have taken the fight. I was beating her in the first round. Anyway so I don't know I think the intentions were good but but I feel like in that moment. The winner should speak I. Yeah all right to her. But she's young. How quickly do you want to return? I always WANNA fight sooner. So whenever the U. OF C. Deems it goods for me to come in these call again. I'll be ready. I'm I'm uninjured. Just my nose is swollen and who we want new roxy. She calls people allow out. She talks smack venom vitriol. Who Do we want? Anybody will make way lineup. I'll take them down okay. It doesn't matter just make wait. Elbows are waiting for you Roxie. Congratulations so great. And of course we have to fan fantasy off here with the happy warriors signed. I mean this thing is going to be worth a lot of money one day when you go into the UFC hall of fame for all the great things that you are about to do. I'm so proud to have this. So congratulations great. Great to have you on last week and this week how about this back to back appearances for you Roxie. This is amazing. Congratulations on the enjoy. The victory there she is Roxanne modifier giving us the thumbs up corporate chicken here. You got me nervous there. I thought that was the world great win for her are some factoid if you want some twenty four and seventeen three and four and the UFC this courtesy of my good Pal Andrew Davis of Sig Stats and Info Group. ESPN she closed at a plus five fifty. According to these seizures sportsbook the second largest just underdog to cash in the since two thousand eighteen come. A worthy was a plus six fifty when he defeated Davonte Smith a UFC. Two forty one scored the I knocked down against macy. Barbara Outlandish Barbara and total strikes. One twelve to twenty five according to UFC stats and ten. Ground Passes Against Barbara One. The four women women. Excuse me to have ten. Plus ground passes in a fight. Tatyana Suarez did it twice fleas heritage and Rosena Munis. The fight with Barbara was the second second-largest age gap for a women's fight and UFC history. Five thousand seven hundred and sixteen days between them may see Barbara was just five five years old. When Roxanne Montazeri made her debut an absolute legend of the game and nice to see her? Get that victory all right. So that's it's one story that transpired Saturday night and amazing that all those people were watching. Roxanne modifier do that. I spoke actually briefly to macy Brenner. Father yesterday. On on the phone she appeared to be down but try to remain positive. She did the first thing that she said was well. Maybe now my prediction of being the youngest the youngest champion new see history might not come true. I told her that a wise man once said the best laid plans of mice. Men often go awry and this is just the way the career it goes but at the end of the day twenty one years young and having these start to her you of secret that she had pretty darn impressive and so losing to someone like Roxanne is. This is nothing to hangar. Your head down about and she'll be able to return. The layoff is obviously the biggest bummer. The loss would just be the loss and that would be disappointing joining in its own right but now having to go under the knife they haven't decided yet by the way where they will do the surgery and they're being told around nine months or so of recovery. But I do. I do believe leave that the fight should have been stopped. Not so much by the doctor and I don't know I'm not a doctor by the way I don't know how you can tell if it's a partial tear or a full tear. How do you determine that I really have no idea? How do they actually know conductors? Actually tell without doing. I don't know but I will just say if if I were her corner. And she has a very very experienced and respected corner. Duke Rufus Been Aspirin to name a couple. I would've just stopped the fight going into the third they know. Oh she's tough and I respect the fact that they have that opinion I feel like I can have my opinion as well live to fight another day. What if it was a partial tear and then it went to a full tear? What if that happened right? It just made things worse. It did not look like she was going to be able to turn things around. And there's the case we made that. If you kept the fights that I thought was really smart for Roxanne to take the fight to the ground. Because if she was standing essentially on one leg you can still land haymaker if you're on the ground it's very hard to to use your leg which you need leverage to get out of the scrambles to try to get back on on your feet shrimp all that stuff. It's very tough and so to take the fight to the ground. I I actually thought it was a brilliant move on Roxanne's Party some people say she's should've kept the fight standing and we've seen people with injured legs you you know score some some pretty big haymakers so that made sense. I'm just saying if I were her corner. I would just said let's just lift lift another day. Let's just move on at this point. You're clearly injured. You're in a lot of pain. And so much respect for her her toughness her heart Her desire all that stuff to keep on going was amazing but was there any point. Twenty one years young you got a whole career ahead of you just live to fight another day. That's what I would do. I know that's all part of the culture in our sport for whatever reason I think it's more a part of the culture in boxing One of my theories is the the the show win pay structure. If you know how much you're GonNa make going in and you know it's the full amount upfront. You don't have to worry as a cornerman. You don't worry about taking half of the purse away. One hundred one hundred percent think that that comes into play have asked coaches if that comes into play. You don't want your fighter to come back. Ah You rob me a fifty percent of my pay. It's an awkward thing to think about. That's not as prevalent. That model isn't as prevalent in in boxing. Now I'm not saying that's one hundred percent why they didn't make that decision but I do think that is something that comes to mind when you know the fight is is playing out. I just feel like it was very clear that she was not going to be able to rebound so why not. Why not just lift another day anyhow? That's the story. Show rebound bound. Roxanne wins everyone was very happy for her. And I'm sure all the people who placed the bet on her work extremely happy for her and so now we'll see when macy she returns and who runs and gets matched up with next in a matter moments we're going to be joined by. Kevin Lee the loan to forty six related guests on this show Las Week. It was announced that he'll be headlining. The March Fourteenth Brasilia Card Against Charles. L. Vera which is a great fight. But if I'm being honest I'm a little disappointed. It's not as much next. So let's ask him about that. If you want to know how Kevin Lee fits into all of this. Let's ask him right. Now Kevin Kevin. How are you going area? I'm good how you doing. I'm doing great. I have an issue with you Kevin. I have a bone to pick with you. Go ahead that I'm not on. Hey that's all your people. It's not about the skype. I have an issue with you that okay because I'm set up I'm set up. I want you to know that. No it's all good man. I know these things happen. I'm just happy to have you on the show. Here's my issue my issue is. Why aren't we fighting Islam? MAFA chip you seem to want it. He seemed to wonder why. Isn't this happening. This this is like like the one fight and UFC history. where I feel like both you guys continue to say you want it? It doesn't happen for some reason I'm with you on that I sat down there with them for for over nine hours trying to convince them to give me that fight For some reason the the UFC. You know what I mean. They just don't like to fight that that's kind of what it came down to. I mean all the fans are with it. Are you know he's with it. I'm with it For some reason the USC but they just don't like the fight they they think He he's not a big name. Oh you don't draw enough and they want me bigger fights so I told him I only take this Charles all the verify if I get on next and and we're trying to make that happen in June in Russia so to me when when they kind of pitched the Russia idea me Islam headline in that way. It kind of made me okay. I'll back off from them in. Okay get this money from Charles I but do they give you reason why they don't want this I mean to me is they. They wanted to have some more experienced. That that's what they put out into me is is they. Don't WanNa see me way beyond like let's let's be honest here It it pretty much straight Outta Sean. Shelby's mouth so that they they don't WanNa see me do them. They don't WanNa see anywhere so they so they wanna they wanna Kinda stacked against me but it. It's always been a way in my career so I'm GonNa go ahead and and I'm GonNa make this happen and then afterwards I made sure that we're putting it into the contract. Get Islam next is one in Russia and I WANNA headlines. Yeah I guess there's people in in And then we're really see what's happening. Wow so you put that in writing the the body Masan yet you know so so so they need to go in and get the get the handle because I'm looking to getting this done like the next day or two but yeah I wanted to writing okay. I don't I don't want no more talking. No more you know they. They tried to keep them away from me so I wanted him writing and I wanted to be done And when I signed it then I'm starting to really. I'm signing up for this one in in in in in Brazil against Charles and I'm signing up for for Islam in Russia. How do you feel about going to Brazil to fight a Brazilian it? It is what it is. You know like it ain't GonNa be fun but but I'm GonNa make sure I get it done Charles or somebody he he's he's in his career And he he you know he's looking for a bit come up too so I'm GonNa make sure I'm not that one for him. I'm the one that got to take this. You know I don't get to fight you know I don't get the fight cowboy coming off losses and and in his looking a little Cheney I gotta fight the guy that's coming up in his prime with a whole lot of experience behind them for a whole lot of big names and I gotta take him in his home town and like the most hostile crowds that there is in the world. So I'm going to do this and show again. I'm the man that Ah you know. Really don't give a fuck okay. So we are you saying that From commentary weren't all that impressed with connors went on Saturday. I mean I haven't been in many and you'll see for a minute to be honest with you I I. It's starting to get a little wacky me like most of these guys Yeah encounters up there with it. I mean it was. It was a good little. You know he he got the job done. You got the money but but to me like he he oughta what a guy that was Taylor. Pick for them He handpicked for them. And you know was Cheney anytime you go down a shoulder strike you know and it really. It really stained. Thank you and this is how boy. I'm not wondering if people that think cowboy lay down but I yeah if you went down off the shoulder is hurting you. That that means you're gone and they already knew that So so you know. I'm not impressed. I'm not I I mean. I'm a little irritated by to be honest with you when I gotta go to the grocery. Oh she store yesterday and hear people talk about you know. Oh he did that the cowboy. Oh he backed Blah Blah Blah. Like come on like we. We really out here really fighting To me I'm I'm really fighting came back. I had my back fight in November and I took on undefeated. God I didn't I didn't take on somebody. That was way over a little over to heal. So Oh yeah. I'm a little irritated by to be honest with you. Feel like he's getting too much props for this. Yeah I mean I mean. It ain't necessarily his so I really vitamin on that. You know he didn't really celebrate too much I you because you can't celebrate that type of win. How could you like you know what it is? We all know what it is that the general public like they might they might get a kind of sway bodies type things but but to be honest if you a real competitor editor like you know what it is so yeah but there is something to be said for maybe getting your feet wet getting back on track getting a victory that not as a tuneup. Fight fight but a name who maybe isn't a top contender just to get the momentum back right. Isn't that fight game too. I mean I guess but I just didn't realize what he was doing that in the UFC If we was I didn't get the memo like I don't get I don't get them. You know what I mean like. I ain't realized we was. We was doing tune up fights and you know all these little sake. Shouldn't you know all all of a sudden he he's the guy and I mean he knew in like the fakest Wacky Shit. I'll here All these like I said I ain't been impressed with nobody in for a minute Maybe Israel he's the only one been impressive. But but you know could be wack Tony Ferguson fucking wet Conor McGregor fucking wack poor. Hey they all they all fucking McNamee so you know I don't know wow I'm on a different I. I don't know I'm I'M GONNA different. I'm on a different wavelengths you're fired up you're Noida. Yeah I'm good. I A lot to you but but but but I'm gonNA carry this all the way through the camps and make sure that I take it out on Charles on March fourteen. That's the only that's that's my only focus like the rest of the city can all come and go. Oh that that's my only focus. You're saying you didn't like the research he rode come on. I mean that was fly. Come on man. They don't know about the good. The Oh the dressing stars. As any time we see them as like he was like the main one that gets shit like that for for however long and you know the man waited twenty years until you finally get a little spotlight and then that's the way this is what he doing with it. Like come on man. You Ain't got nothing the twenty years besides the grow counter did that shit two to three years ago to a trainer like some. Oh man that's that's that's what are we doing here. Wow were you at the fight. I digress I digress. I think the niners show up to that fight. I you know I ain't seen live yet I did a little something. That's a house with with my people in and we you know we all sat down and we watched it. I ain't going no. I'm not about to sit there and watch that somebody like cowboy because I got respect cowboy and I knew he was going to go down so so you know about the thing about to anybody do that. He didn't want to fight if it was a real fight if he therefore let let let let. Let's be real. He should have fought me or he should have fought. Just engage you. That should have been the real fight. You know especially when you talk about trying to get a lightweight title back and really trying to compete against the best out there Them should have been one or two fights and they wouldn't that so to me it was wet and I wasn't really about this you you know I watch it at home. Was that even brought your attention. Was this ever really a possible thing that you would be his return fight. It was but I already know like it wasn't GonNa Happen. You know. We already know it wasn't gonNA happen like it from his part is you know it's a business at the end of the day and there's so much to it they don't WANNA lose their cash cow. They they they don't WanNa they don't WanNa do that yet not yet not yet. It's not happening. But but not yet in in. And that's one of my mom's got argue that the real crime of your career is if like I mean you have been calling these people up from continental beefed up and it seems like you never get any of these people. We need to try to fix this. Yeah I mean look I'm GonNa keep doing what I gotta do. I gotTa keep taking on the guy that's still on his come up And I'M GONNA keep collecting win streak streets you know Charles on one of the longest streets at lightweight I'm going to collect. Islam is on another huge win streak lightweight so I'm going to collect that one the the rest of these guys ars just all sitting above me. They just want to sit there and they WANNA do I tried to make H. E. Happen. I tried to make I. I try to make so many happened this it anymore on me I'm I'm just being honest with you. You'll see they basically told me they don't WanNa see me win. They don't want to do so so I gotta do the hardest place out there. And that's what I'm doing to I really breakthrough to some people and and really show them again. That that I'm look I'm a whole title so I don't give a fuck about none of this as long as I keep doing I gotta do. I'm holding that title. They can. They can talk about who they want to. They can ask me out. How ever many conversations that they won't do debt doc? Not as you go matter once I get the title. So that's where my head you know how you fix all of this. You get Bernie in the White House. He'll change everything for you. Could do as your guy. That's one of the. That's one of the strangest unions that I've seen in quite some time. Now I'm making big moves moves area. Only only only bigger and better you know they want they want a political board they gotTa Holler at your boy and listen and when I actually do get up there I'm not going. Don't be one of these guys. I ain't nobody else make me. They nobody like I didn't make my name off and nobody else. I made my name and I feel like I'm the only self may do. There's there's GonNa be at the top so you know when you talk about with Bernie and all that like I made that connection happen. I didn't have to go like like Colby. And you know. Sit Down now with Dana and Dana. Like oh please please can you please. Nah Not Anyhow has working i. I'm doing so if you want it. And they want that political fool. What he wants he do actually win? Legible it you know to talk to tremendous stuff Kevin. Thank you very much. Look forward to this fight March fourteenth. I like the Fire Erin you this was. This was a lot of fun. I appreciate you doing it about to go to Joe Ardinger those amazing a great stuff from the The motown feet. I'm himself all right last week. As I said was a great week it was fun week it was it was just such a great honor and pleasure to be working king for ESPN all week long covering such a big event. I would say the highlight of the week was getting to spend some extended time with my old pal Michael Account Account being who likes to take shots at me from time to time likes to go below the belt but I always as a wise woman once said when they aim low. You aim high. I I always aim high when it comes to Michael Biffing and I want to remind you that the best selling book quitters never win is out tomorrow everywhere here. In America it was out in the UK early last year but everywhere in America and I want to zero in on this little recommendation right over here on the front cover right over the right over there. It says quote one of the very best. MMA books ever ridden area Hawaii mixed martial arts reporter for ESPN. What do you think Mike? What do you think I mean listen that for me was the highlight of my career. Never mind being in the hall of fame. At one point the most wins the fact that the grey Owl Hawan excluding. Yeah I mean people talk about as you're truly that is nothing competitive ego smile and for you to the front cover my book. I mean it was just the best vast endorsement that money could ever buy true or false. You had no idea before I told you that I was on the front cover that I was actually on the front cover and deep down inside you actually. I thought you know what who approved us. I don't want this guy on the cover of my book. I was like I can tell. I ain't sell copies of this book people off. I'm like come on. No thank you thanks for the kind words I appreciate it as you said quitters never win came out early in the year in the United Kingdom it very well I got on the Sunday Times Bestseller List and then now tomorrow Abe releases in the United States. Obviously we've changed a lot of things. The publishers wanted to take all the British terms that maybe the Americans might not know. But it's true if the feedback that I got from. Was Ed very very good. So if you WANNA call and you want a signed copy as well go to Mike Mike Dot Com. I'll be alive signing over facebook. Live or something like that. So my dot com copy get it signed there. You go wonderful wonderful now. We spent the week together and the unfortunate part for me was I was with you all week but then when the was over. I didn't see you anymore. I didn't get your thoughts on anything. I didn't know what you're thinking what you're feeling afterwards. So can you tell me you saw connor do what he did. Forty seconds shoulder strikes. All that stuff. How do you feel about this performance out of Conor McGregor? Listen anybody needed to do. And he did it in style. You know you can't listen. You can't hey on him when he what he's back he's he's not going to be awfully proud for that performance but ceremony was in a tough spot. Obviously coming back off to to stop bridges a nasty knock-out against gauge and then getting TKO to guess Ferguson Mentally. That's very harsh. I was always a tough problem for him but McGregor went out there. He looked like Jay did got it done in style. You know what I mean so well don't say hey man I'm looking forward to in the next five will be. We spoke to Kevin Lee. WHO said that? He was impressed by the shoulder strikes. He thought the only indication that came out of that was a cowboy has no chin shoulder strike. Should not hurt you the way they did. Is that an accurate statement. Line ever said that but not if I agree with you. Yes yeah I agree you can show the the face all day long and I will not feel a goddamn thing Okay show I and I said this on the post vice show show. The strikes are annoyance. Okay they're not not a lethal blow and I don't want to hear any crop about all mad but he was training those and the talk that he gets in his shoulder strikes unlike any other coldest. jags no no. That is not the case shoulder straps with somebody does. It's like come on. Can you stop barking. Shouldering me in the face. Because it doesn't hurt so Stan in Utah they give Hamas to the Fi- to the thighs so I listen. It was creative inventive. And that's all was available to McGregor in that moment when you did well. You did good would you. You know you said something to me that I didn't really think of but I thought you were spot on for you the narrative in your career ear throughout the entire run up until the very end was you. Were Great Your Future Hall of Famer but you can never win the big one. And then you've got to the Anderson fight and that was is almost like an unofficial title fight people all right this is the big one main event your home country. Can you do it and you did and then look what happened afterwards. Do you feel now. I feel like all this did in many respects was reinforced the narrative. That ceremony can't win the Big One. I don't know if he's ever going to get another big one at this point is cleared. You agree yes sir. I don't think he's going to get. I mean listen. Everybody loved Donald Cerrone as a legend of the sport. And what he's doing inside. The Octagon is legendary really really years but three stoppage losses in a row. Now so I don't think he's going to get anywhere near as big as what they had in the weekend. Then the comparison you were making as I said seventeen people say to me good fighter call win the big one so For when I fall under silver I didn't know if I was ever GONNA guess I'll fly so I I looked at the as my title. Fight was engaged on the silver legendary opponent in London. My nation's capital so it was a big deal so I left no stone unturned. I did everything I could win that fight and of course I have one that led to a tile and then a great legendary room myself so where I think Donald could've done more. He could have damore thing but this is what it is this true men in every fight you react to what happens you got in the face. It was probably days from that. What are you going to do? And I'm not trying to compare the two of you but worth noting when you had that label placed on you. You weren't losing in a minute right like has fighting inside. Yeah and otherwise you were losing big ones. But you're going the distance or third round second round these very quick distance going the distance. Yes that's right that's all you had a couple of second round losses here but I'm just saying like you were never losing in a minute. which is kind of shocking for a guy who's the winning fight on? UC history. Losing in a minute. It's a it's an amazing thing but as I said when you get knocked out twice in a row which heart I talk about it in my book when I lost a Dan Henderson it. You Have C. One hundred. Everybody knows what about knockout. That wasn't there's a lot of psychological damage to combat from that. When when I fought that Henderson much? Yeah Caucasia Yeah was confident and I truly was confident but prior to that fi because if I was at six in the morning for the American audience obviously visiting in England I was trying to have a not through today. Neighbor out walking jester driving lunch. Whatever and I was trying to take a nap up but I couldn't sleep because the last time I stepped into the octagon with Dr Henderson I got knocked out unconscious and then the nerves and the exiled he started to creep in now? Of course that's when I got to the arena. That will kind of went out the window but my point that I'm making us for Donald. He had to those to those. He got stopped finished an embarrassed. So it's very very hard. Awed fighting is an incredibly physical sport. But it's it's made mainly mental. That's the most important side so donald was lacking a little bit mentally side. And and I but you know that's the that's the way it goes. You told me earlier in the week. You're not really buying this narrative that it's a new connor that he's a change and all this stuff. After seeing the way he reacted did on Saturday and how gracious he was in victory with the grandmother and everything. Do you feel like maybe there is hope that he will stay out of trouble. And you're smiling doesn't doesn't lead me smiling. I'm smiling because you know what I mean to promote the book maybe talk about past. We have to do all that we would just wing of Connersville. He's like everyone's doing you're on people who own for me party. Okay I just wanted to know your half analysts half off acids making tons of money. He's GonNa Fight. Could be or or I'll tell you what's going to happen now. Guarantee is ninety as next time sharing one husband probably gonna Fi Asia. You'RE GONNA fight Tony April then Ramadam. If he beats Tony's not gonNA fight Anytime Soon Conroy Diaz not good business for everybody involved fans WANNA WANNA see. Everyone makes money so there you go. That's what's going to happen. All right my prediction. Thank you just laid it out for us now. The last time I had you on you revealed a story in your book that that people didn't give a little taste on the I don't want you give everything away. You want people to buy this book but is there another Strauss. What's that I said? Fingers crossed fingers crossed. Yes well it seemed to work out in the UK. Is there another story that maybe we don't know about you that you could tell us a little bit about to get us to buy the book. I mean I've read the book crazy but for the people who haven't what was the first one I told you about unfortunately when I have trouble with the law yes those the ones that I mean. Listen I I grew up to be a cage fighter steps into a K.. Naked and Fides people. It stands to reason that maybe when I was a kid got a COUPLA fights and more than a couple unfortunately but I turn all around a story I mean the so many stories in that. There's lots of anecdotes I put it in a few extra ones as well for the American version. They wanted more stuff like that. So what do you mean stuff like that. They wanted more of Michael getting trouble wondering if you ask your stories a few actually anecdotes you know what I mean. They just to beef it up a little bit to really separate the American edition from. Hey so you know they want some more into what I was down in Cape Town South Africa I was stalled. I was filming the show warrior earlier this year and skies tried to Mug me and pulled guns on stock faces. I tried to get into a car so I go into detail about that in fights I would just do another interview. They got this automated share. This I fought Liebau called the second back in time. It was a much find that I lost in Australia and prior to go out to Australia at four the fight I was sparring molest last weakest borrowing and I go headbutted and that opened up a coach Ri- on my the islet of my good i. Everybody knows I have about that does function particularly but that was obviously I keep out on the rops that the the problem was so bad so I'm in Australia but my good. I A stitches in Eh. So as I'm walking into the arena to fight the commission pronounced Michael Michael. The doctor need to see your right now and I'm like why does the Doctor WanNa see me. Your is your I need to look at your I own my God. I'm going to get pulled from the fight in any way did come look at me. They're talking about my good. I got stacy's I'm a shit. We can't let you fight with stitches him. We're going to stay. He's out right now so I'll say okay no problem the stages out the fight starts ruckle. Recalled headbutts me and he knew status because he saw the me mention them when we square it up so he gave me a little head book and opens it the cut above my good. I and I'm trying in a fight. Blood is just pulling into my eye. So I'm wipe the blood away but he's like if you take a job of paint and you pour it on a wing windscreen windshield wipers. They'll do that just smear everywhere so I'm wiping the blood but it's just mute and I'm looking at all I can see is red. I could see that the shadow of rock old and then the kind of wipe it. I'm looking at. I'm trying to fight. But then the balloons into my I wipe it down sees Red Dawn okay with the Hanky whatever. I had no idea what happened so anyway I was pissed off about that but I couldn't really say well happen because I didn't want to draw attention to my eye. So that's why when I was filming not moving until Ranjana I found out through yourself are real you check me Chris. Wideman was out the fight back. Why even though the fire was on two weeks notice I wanted to because I newark beating on a new this time I'm not gonNA upstate G my that is going to be able to take advantage off? So that's why I took two weeks nowadays and we know what happened after after that. You're welcome for that for change your life calling you up lending. Listen don't mention it. Don't mention his old. Hold please too much now. I actually felt a little bad because when I was working with you I think in June you actually took out the fake. I and I was like holy smack. You didn't right in front of me. I I didn't realize it was like that. But then you did it on your podcast and everyone was talking about. I felt like wow I. I saw this. I and I felt like you know maybe I should have asked you about it and and I kind of blew that one so does that one just not work at all no not really I have a fake guy. That's made of plastic. That's not cousy through that. And the only the only reason uphold the eye out the way I did was because Lewis j Gomez do podcast with believe you may check it out if you WANNA laugh. He started wearing glasses for doing the show and he's wearing shades. Endorse and I might. What the Hell Lewis? While you've got Hollywood why are you wearing shades. Eight and he. Then he brought up is producers brought up. You know pitches of me at press conferences and stuff wearing sunglasses indoors. And I'm like yeah I know. Oh that but here's why I used to wear glasses because my I was a mess an old people going to do is talk to me about my. I looked cross cited dark and all this type of stuff so I would wear the sunglasses aussies to to block that out. So here's what I was wearing. Shades break not. Because I think I'm Hollywood is because I'm trying to hide my eyes so that's how that happened. Would it be rude if I ask you to see it you look into my. I feel. I'm not I'm not going to do on it as I say. There was mitigating circumstances. But do you want to know more about is in the book. Check it out but yeah there you go okay so it comes out tomorrow. Ro Mike Bisbee Book Dot Com. Isn't it true that if you actually go on the website you'll call someone if they buy it so I'm I'm trying to understand this from the rain. This is called a live signing so obviously with the one that have social media technology these days if you go to Mike Bist Ping Book Dot Com and you buy a book you can also leave a message on that for the personalized message. That you want inside it and I'll sign them live on facebook and instagram. How many the boat? They'll give me the message outside the on this also a chance to to speak to me on the phone if anyone wants to do that. But Jesus crowded com- if a signed copy if you don't want fair enough fair enough but if you do one signed there you go. It is a phenomenal book. All jokes aside and what makes it. So great is that the great eight and Evans was behind all the brains behind this book. One of my dear friends there. It is quitters. Never Win Michael being my life in UFC. Before before I let you go very quick question. Tell me more about conor McGregor. Can we talk about. Just you know your relationship with him. And I I'll tell you I'll tell you I mean the man is assigned nobody eat and every time I said `love' more hated everybody watches and symbolism. And that's what he's trying to do. That's what you got to fight eager to okay motion out of the out of the out of the public. I always said if I ever wanted you. We're GONNA fire and I got a little polite Gulf KLOPP. You failing you know you you want passionate you want excitement. And that's what he brings unashamedly delivers every time he fights as well. He's gone the reason. Michael I love you lovely to work with you. You love to see your son Callum the great camping who's going to be a superstar wrestler at the University of San Francisco and perhaps one day represent Great Britain in the Olympics. Picks wouldn't that be cool so great to see you guys hang out doesn't Vegas the Arrow. Yeah he's actually flying out to Austria for his first tournament representing Great Britain better. I think it's true. Union two pounds is the weight limit. She'll be in Austria. And Yeah you never know maybe in the Olympics while thank you thank you as always great working with you my friend. Yes Sir and check out the book. Truly Mike being book dotcom comes out tomorrow to phenomenal read. I really do mean that quitters never win is the book. Thank you very much to Michael Bist being and Evans who did a phenomenal job putting the book together for making this happen. All right. Let's go back to to forty six talk one of the big stories of course kicking off the main in Karl Anthony Pettis former lightweight. Champion moving down from one seventy going up against the data and another great win six in a row now in the UFC for Diego for he is is the first man to actually submit at the body triangle. You remember that fight with Dustin but was more due to the injuries. So this is an actual submission tap huge win for Diego Fajita. He joins us now for the first time on the program is you there. There is Diego. How are you my friend? Congratulations on the win. They are a good thank appreciated. Now thank you you've been in the UFC since two thousand fourteen hour. And that's you know six years now but now you're getting this attention now. You're getting this spotlight. You've won six in a row getting the opportunity to fight on connor card houses all feeling for you after being in the AFC for so long and kind of flying under the radar for a long time Feeling great now is so important for me. I took a while to get what I wanted but I'm here now and I'm joined the whole time I'm GONNA topper now. I and now a great fight. You know put verified. And I'm so so excited so happy to go on my way and is great One thing that surprised me when when I read it and then I confirmed it by looking. Get your your resume you record. That was your first submission win since her debut against Colton Smith in two thousand fourteen. Your I believe a third degree black built houses possible. How were you not getting more submission victories? I don't know I think people want to test my My my in my standup skills little bit boxing. And then In the put a good thing to learn ally with my coach and and and a lot of time and I'm really putting effort zoo and I'm excited to get US missile. Are you able to see that graphic right over over there tied for the third longest winning streak in lightweight division. The other two Ferguson Habib. What's it like to see your name among those guys artist graded traded set at so impressed because then got bb Antonio further centers like? He's really close by each other. Then it's it's it's impress so you know I never got. I never ties going to be so having so much. Impact like that but It's good to see my name on top of their to so many celebrities like those those guys. Were you aware that no one had tapped anthony. pedestals going into this fight. No now really was having my game plan. I was not even thinking about what what it can happen cannot happen I just would my game plan and to to do it But I never thought myself like you never guests amid on the AFC. I'm going to make a guess. Here was taking him to to the Ground Party or game plan because you landed three take downs against Anthony and in your nine previous fights combined you landed three take downs. You landed three take downs in this fight wait alone. Previously nine fights combined three take down. So was the game plan to try to expose them on. The ground was to do more my my my my wrestling no. I've been working a lot of wrestling but This is GonNa make try harder suits to go to the ground nominee. But I don't do as much as I like to do a lot of transition I like to scramble but the way I said I I've been a lot of effort on on my ignorance in my wrestling and I got it. Don't take one one. Five is is a lot of for me going into this fight. You were not ranked and it's amazing when you look at you know the names that you're you're you're on that graphic with B Ferguson. You're still not ranked. Does that Adenoid does that bother you. I have a feeling that will change this week. But does that bother you know really. We don't don't care about it. I Yeah I like to fight I enjoy you. Know it's something I- twos along with my life and you know just to have to fight for means you know it's a big deal already in fighting big promotion. I could see. Don't care of course you're one of the stars coming out of the Ford Awesome Jim Head coach safes. Oh Dallas. Who are doing so great? It seems like every card. Another one is getting closer to being entitled contention. When did you start training out of that? Jim I start chaining like right before fight you know. That's where our first I five thousand. Fifteen fifteen yeah I talk fifteen in you know. We took a toll and I want my second loss by Tko. And and I tell me myself I need. I need to improve a need to get better her in on a long career. I was just having myself training. Now like a trainee myself Doing a Lotta sheets to. That's when I ah when I told him I told myself like I'm just as you just try fighting a May. I think I need to train a May to coach a really great coach like coach safes and Damei make a different in my life and make it make the the he'd go now and you know disguise limit impressed with coach. been helped me a lot. Yes since that fight against Dustin Sten where you've got knocked out you've won every single fight since you've won six in a row so clearly. It is working. What was your confidence like after that? You were undefeated. Then you have. Those two losses is after the poor. You knockout how are you feeling about about your career. The disagree at Tattoo Might Korea was going. You know we'll bag you know a fought three times on UFC. I want to in law sue was like getting said sad you know but Long the road goats safe. Good you know Getting my my also seen gene I'll steam would high now and get me excited for the next one and the next one we we put a good this show and I train hard as as much as I could and by boxing and my wife and my wrestling and really impressed me coachmen and and the connection have within right now at it is important for me in all. Aw It's coach. I'll have a coach before like die and besides my coach was you know what a good all right. So who do we want next. who gets you closer to that? That title Talk Right. who gets you to that spot that you want to be in? Who makes sense a really own belt? That's not one thing like I'm not even thinking about right now. We WanNA I. I enjoy the fight. I'm joy I don't care who are going to fight next. You know already doll but That a shot. I don't think Alan just the rain. I I WANNA make a big impact on a rank you know the top ranks in and see for their. You know I got a discount. Not GonNa take the possibility to fight the bell but my my Motivations not the belly right now revisions to To really get my goals on on on the rank and what am I make my family proud of me and the rest. It's come along the road. Okay maybe the winner owner of the Paul felder Dan Hooker fight next month. Maybe that makes sense. Those guys are six and seven some somewhere to get you a little closer. You know what I mean and by the way it does your birthday on Saturday. Happy Birthday to thirty five years or five years old. You know that great birthday special spending time in Vegas. Yeah what did you do afterwards. Anything special now. I just got to the hotel I spend time with my family friends. Iran's we stay there on on on the hotel restaurant over there and aid my my little boy fall asleep and then we go. We go back to their room while a low key birthday but those are the best kind of birthdays right. Yes the best is a good memory. Now it's great memories with with my family and you know my kids taxing me. Call me the whole time and proud proud. He's the AD and make no make no more especially at a more specimens area. It's can I ask it. It's amazing for me. How how old are your kids have won seventeen nozoe in one in ten Donnellan three? Okay wow quite the range their teenager to three. Yeah that's the seventeen year old GONNA be a fighter isn't he's in wrestling has no right now. He's planning to do you know I don't know what he's dreaming like his dream like wise goals in life but I think so. He likes so do the wrestling tournament. You WanNa win estate this year and he really wouldn't he sign you know and I hope so but you know a Lotta Dan He's on trials. Okay well I look forward to seeing the next one who they book you gainst and where do you go from here here but Six in a row in a stat lightweight division. Getting a win like that over former champion. Like Anthony I would think the best moment of your career right. Maybe you're grandma career yes this show so as a super Gray moment for me in an already enjoyed the Woman I and just to be there on a per view in on a bit because of the year all our as happy as eight Diego. Thank you very much for the time. Congratulations on the win. Appreciate it all right. There is data fajita joining us for the first time I do do believe on this program. I said six in a row. I fighter to submit pederson as Emma may career. His first submission wins since his debut. You back in two thousand fourteen against Colton Smith you see right over there. He's one six and that puts them tied for third as far as the longest active winning streaks in the lightweight. Division Tony Ferguson. Twelve Abib and then you got him tied with Osama and Charles Oliveira. I thought it'd be about twelve as well I am. I'm wrong about that. That it was twelve versus twelve but in any event. That's a huge win. For Fair and again it seems like every weekend another four to seventieth fighter doing great things taking a step further title cadets and they have yet to have someone fight for the belts or be necessarily early in title contention but we saw last month in in Las Vegas. UFC Two forty. Five Jeff Neal take a nice step you see the header just seems like very soon. We're we'RE GONNA be talking about them in contention in multiple different weight classes so congrats to the entire team and congrats to dig ahead in a minute. We're going to be joined by Holly Home. Who of course had that important victory over Raquel Pennington rematch of her? You have see debut back at one eighty four. Some of the fans were a little bit. Okay so Andrew Davis told me that It's like okay. That's that's the difference because one of the wind for Habib was a catchweight fight so he has won twelve in a row but not in the lightweight division vision. Personally I feel like you know why. Take away the but I get the point active lightweight I get the point semantics. Twelve twelve in my opinion holly home getting getting back on track after her first knockout loss of her career had a knockout loss in boxing. In Two thousand eleven was interesting. She told me on Thursday a media day after that knockout loss in boxing a lot of people were calling for her to retire. And could you have imagined if she actually listened to those people and actually walked away from combat sports. All the things thinks that she has done since then. Pretty remarkable nine years later and no one. I think was necessarily calling for her to retire after the Nunez Vitamin Nunez considered arguably the best ever. So that's nothing to scoff at. But it was. It was an interesting story. Line going into Saturday. How would she respond? How would she the rebound? How would she look in this rematch? Sometimes when a fighter is you know coming off a knockout loss. Different kind of fighter. But you got the victory and I don't think there was any question that Dana White afterwards was critical of the referee. Jason Herzog said that he should have broken them up a little bit that there was too much clinching but I did think it was interesting at the press conference. He was critical of Jason Herzog. But then he said I'm too old to be to be criticizing. These guys I need to. I need to stop with all that which I thought was nice you know in the in the NBA and other sports. You can't criticize a referee. Otherwise you get fine. Of course this is a completely different structure but I thought that was a nice nice little moment that he's grown up a little bit but sometimes the criticism is is warranted. Like I thought the main event went a little too long. I thought that that went ten seconds too long. I thought Nostra took too many punches and I understand. There's a fine line between giving someone a little more time to recover giving them a chance to you. Know whether the storm and and avoid being finished void the damage. And we've seen people escape those situations but in those particular cases and it's very easy for me sitting here on this side of the fence to be critical but I thought those particular ones We'll especially the ceremony one in particular. I thought he was done. I really did once. He got to the ground. I thought he was done and Wasn't doing much to defend himself in. Look like he had had enough so anyway. That was some of the talk afterwards but for now let us say hello to Holly Home. Who joins us from a very familiar spot? She usually joins us from the car. And now here she is once again joining us from her car. Hello Holly how are you. I really wasn't planning on being in my car. This this is your thing. Thank you very much for joining us. Holly I know after fight. It's a very hectic so I appreciate the time I know you were somewhat critical of yourself south after the fight you still feel that way. Two days later I've been. I always wanted to see more devastating. You know I wanNA more go all the time but I know that you can make a fight look really really Kinda scrappy and just kind of you can make a dogfight out of things things and we will be able to make it a clean fight. clean win. So that's always a good thing but I just wanted to do more in the situation in the positions I was in and more for me. Do you work on. A lot was made of the fact that this was just e seven three match in history for you when you were in there. So much has happened since your your last fight against one eighty four. Did it feel like Deja Vu. Did it feel like you're fighting. The same fighter a lot of her tendencies the same or do you feel like she changed a lot I feel like it was a little bit different. I didn't feel like I was in the same fight but I definitely felt I felt like he was really waiting counter a lot and I especially. It's just not my punches go. I'd never feel threatened or in a position edition the whole fight And whenever I feel like that it's like well you know I should have been a little bit of everything go I know in the last round I was. I'm trying to break out of the country a little bit. I know we're in the punch of the fight And I mean it's not really how I thought the pilot go but but it is and I know that the no doubt at the claim victory but I always want more that though I mentioned before you came came on at the post fight press conference was critical of the referee. Jason Herzog saying he should of broken you guys up more. Do you agree with that statement. I would have been fine with it either way up you've broken it up You know I always take it on myself so I have been the one kind of gauging agent little more and letting go Being in a dominant position I should have been more devastating in the dominant position. So Yeah it'd be broken. I wouldn't have been upset about it. You know You guys were supposed to fight back in November but you had to withdraw. I think because of a knee injury right. It was my hamstring century porn The ligaments like thirty percent of my ligament that attack my hamstring for and so and it was the last training so I just need to let that All those fivers kind of grow and steel and My Hampton go great so Even at the beginning of the campus like it was I talked to the doctors and it was one hundred percent Like yields as far as the new tissue and everything grown but They they were like be careful because it's still fresh issued and needs a little time to get strong so in the beginning of the training camp. I I kind of get a little bit easier on my hamstring. I did a lot of boxing and then slowly surveys and stuff like that but by the time I got the last training it was it was you know I I forgot about it that it was doing. And it's okay now two days later. Yeah great I mean that's a little tight but not bad like it's like I tell us it it's a little tight but I mean everything my little tight right now so any kind of little you you know you had Actually I mean I felt really good. I don't have any injuries or anything. Like a little tight. All you also revealed appealed the post fight press conference that your father has been dealing with some health issues first off. How is he feeling now? And how much did that weigh on you going into this fight. Well you know what I'm actually in his driveway right now. I picked him up from The Rehab delete out today and It it was it was definitely journey. You know he Kinda felt that something. Maybe it was going on I kind of talked to them Saturday night and I thought you know support work done. I feel like it might be something and Sunday morning I was at I was reading and the members of the church all things and they just said. We think something's wrong you know. And he thought it was July and a lot of types of maybe a brain sleep so I ran up the church nourishment emergency sermon. He had a stroke. Stroke is called a interest rate Berle enrich and it's just like a really large. You didn't rain and so he was in ICU. For about four days and in the hospital days and And and that was so that was a Sunday and then Right after New York and it's like living rehabilitation Where they just Kinda get your thing moving again? And he's doing really really well. It was pretty scary for powder But he's doing really well. I mean he's out now and Some of the big lessons to be habits No proud thing like that So there's blessings than this but it's definitely been an interest training camp you know but I think it's I honestly feel like and why you can dig down and get energy where you need to you know There's a lot of nights that we didn't didn't. My brother came in town. He lives in Arizona and between him. And I you know we didn't really leave my own. We made sure that somebody was there. Because when you're dealing with the rain bleed there's a lot of confusion you know. We wanted to to make sure he had a familiar face. There any time that he would wake up There was some long nights there and the hospital but like I said he's doing really good. You know I would. There's those little hostile tears. I sent nine rebounds terrorism and you know going back training in the morning morning so it'd be A train at night time play and my team so great that if I could make the night even if it was late they would. It does show up. You know and make sure that I get my training. And when I could and I knew that my dad wouldn't want me to you know not pursue what I'm doing That's like Kinda kept just kinda pursuing and I knew that no matter what if this is GonNa be something like permanent or something temporary or whatever it was we were going to have to work together. Learn how to move forward and live with it. Whatever it you know and so I just hard through it and with the help of team and and so how many family members and friends and everybody was so helpful during the time was It was really. It was actually really something to see how people really can't handful together times like that so it was Like I said there's some long night hanging out in the hawk. Let's go the Democratic Hospital. Stay the night go back in the morning joining the gym and My brother would kind of be more of the daytime stuff that I get the training and I was Kinda more than I am stuff so you know it's just nice to even have have you know a lot of families don't really even function well together too. I like that and I'm just like thankful back I I you know brothers. And and the Worked together and and my dad doesn't remember a single day in the hospital so but he's I mean I'm telling you like I said I just think this morning he's doing great And just go up to his house. I literally got here. Let him go get all the mail and everything kind of a good a day a real good day. Sorry to interrupt that moment between you guys. Because I'm sure he was very happy to see you. Did you know that you thought was he aware that you want. Yeah he actually The honest the first couple weeks I mean I would typically stroke. You know they don't know from one minute. The next next I would go. I would have lunch with them and then I go back in and bring dinner and be there the night you know he wouldn't remember losing that line and But no now he's I. I knew the day was getting better when I walked in because I thought okay. We're GONNA go. Is You gotta go out or something like yeah I gotta fight someone up you know and About about I don't know probably four days after he was in the Rehab on every single day and which small blessings out there little little things that you just sit Best we have trickiest literally like a half Mile Away Jim so I was able to. You know go have lunch then go back saying I've dinner with them. Hang out with them in the evening stuff like that. You know when I was done I would train go see him until he fell asleep. And I did Jordy of my runs after that but a lot of my running like eleven pm. Just my headline on and go and I'm a different training camp. I did what I said when I needed to a major. It was all done but sometimes it was at midnight. You know it just kind of depended on the day but I came in one When I am I walked man it sure getting under the wire you got one one? Lots of training. And it's no time I think you're GonNa do real good and he just you know kind of started talking. It was like really refreshing. You know Do obviously it's a lot of money. Thanks now speaking laptop yes isn't funny thing that we know Sikkim in is he gonNa make the full recovery. Yeah Great His artist sprained at. What is Where your speeches? Oh No for a while. It was like they. But I'm telling you it's like I I sat there Actually before I left at down I sat there and had about a four hour conversation with him miss. I left and I was like well. I'm not one weird thing him I don't know and he's not out of Rehab yet so I had a And I say my dad has been a lot of people. Ask me how he's been about. What brain injuries? Now I mean super pleasant super to going with it and after he really. I understood everything that was going on. He's like well. You Know I. It's going to do what they say gotta be happened. I'll do this and we'll get back at it. He's I'm telling you he's doing doing so great so he will make a full recovery and You know going from very nicer that it just for you know a big thing and you know one of the doctors just telling me you know What's the significance of his brain bleed like? It's actually quite spectacular. Like how well he's doing and So he's He's doing really really good. You know then Well it will be a month actually the twenty second We'll be one full month and for him to all right out. I wish him the best. I had people my family suffer strokes I know series. That could be an. I'm sure you had. There's a heavy heart as as you fought on Saturday so makes the performance that much more impressive last thing for you holly and again. I appreciate the time very much. I know you better enough than to ask you who you want next I but I just want to ask. When do you WanNa turn you know I feel good I I after finally Saturday one thing about it I mean I For the victory just makes it that you have all WanNa get back in there And I know injuries you know. I feel good healthy right now. I'm I'm kind of my dad I don't know maybe a long little we vacation with my girlfriends and you know back got it. You know I don't really I lived at train and and I WANNA on this and you know. I don't know we'll see what happens. I was just eating chocolate. No problem no problem I I. I'm open to whatever you know. I feel good like I said I feel good healthy so you know whatever our Whatever comes I'd like to advantage of whatever opportunities available? Congratulations my best. You're my best. Your family thank you for joining US Holly and and looking forward to the next one. I appreciate it very much. Thank all right there. She is the preacher's daughter herself. Holly Home Big Win for her. Regained Repel Pennington on Saturday and again our best to her father. I remember how happy he was in in Melbourne. When she defeated Ronda Rousey great moment there So looking forward to seeing him at a highly home fight in the future as well all right another big story on the main card was Brian. Kelleher getting a big win over O.`day Osborne they were supposed to fight on the early prelims but then Grosso Cadila got knocked off the carcass grassless. Wait so they bump them up all the way to the main card and there he is long island's own Brian. Mike Keller who is giving me a little a little crap when I reached out to him. You gave me the WHO what. You're not feeling the love. I'm Brian you got beef with me. No no you know what it is. It Psych Mike. As soon as you win in this sport your loved against you sir. Coming back real quick. It's all love the shirt right here. That's right you were very very and congratulations on a great win. A great victory great finish and I know how much that meant you. You were very open on social. Media was I was seeing you on twitter leading up to the fight. Fight about how much this meant to you and you know with the Waco. You're very honest how it was. You know not coming off as CUCKOO's you want. How much pressure did you feel? Especially considering the fact that you were on that losing extre- did you feel like you had to win to save your job. Yeah you know in the back of my head. I was like trying to tune out all those realities. I knew that I'm coming limit off two losses. My last performance wasn't great and this was damn trying to see you know do we. Do we want to bring new content. A new prospect or Kelleher are still eligible to compete with the best is and so I had to prove that I was proud of myself how I handled it all fight meek you know a calm about me I I kept confident and I went out there and executed when you got the Okay so l.. Ask You about this because we showed the photo. Why did you stand like that? was that for him as well. Well yeah little shoutout. I don't know what it was like. I didn't even think about that. But I saw my opponent kind of plotting on me like yet. His his his knee down he he was gonNA do something crazy. I was thinking in my head like two different things. I have my hands back and I was GONNA do exactly what they just run and do like flying near spine in kick something crazy out the gate you know. I wanted to make the fight exciting but a last second I kinda was like. Let's be smart here. This guy is gonNA come out a little reckless you. No He's a new comer. He's GonNa WanNa make a statement. Let's be smart. Let's be the veteran in their dog. Get the job when you got the call that you were going to be moved up to the main card conor McGregor main card pretty darn close to his fight. What do you owe amazing You know I like I said I tried to keep you know trying to keep myself on space. But they told me like the night of Wayne's came up to me out of nowhere last minute like hey you're up to the main car. Congratulations my second. What like I was ready to wake up and just get in tape but you know it couldn't have couldn't have worked any better? It was like bumped on the main card. A lot more Beaujolais a lot. More is on me to get quick finished to come out unscathed. Fight out my contract with the finish like this to get a bonus. I saw Dana in the back. You know timing was just perfect this whole week week for me. It was really like someone was watching over me. It was crazy but he came back gradually to me and told me you know. It's looking good for that bonus and I was just feeling amazing thing after that. Wow so that was actually the last on your contract. That was the last final mind even more pressure exact. I I had a crazy amount of pressure man I I honestly. I don't know anything about fighting. I don't have a trade. I'm not a handyman I. I don't know what other job job I would do that. I would be happy doing honest. And so I'm terrified not continue this career and keep making the most money I can do and fighting because I have no idea what next and I you know. That's what I try to do media and try to stay in the sport because I'm passionate about this sport in the sport only so it was a it was a lot of pressure but like I said I'm so proud that I didn't feel it going in there. I smiled through the process. I I kept good energy and on team crystal all the way baby caroline. Jose young shout out the threat respect to the fighting crew. I love that and so do you want to stick around in the UFC. Yeah we're at that man. Honestly if I if I would have lost on Saturday I might have contemplated whether I wanNA fight ever again because my my dreams to be the best in the world and that was my vision you know and that was why it was so hard to deal with. Lost the LINEKER. As I see you know some pitches there's like it was devastating heartbroken and my heart didn't come back together and be full again for quite some time. You Know I. It wasn't ready during that. Mantell Jackson fight. I wasn't wasn't myself yet. It took time off the injuries. where a blessing in disguise and It really gave me time then re appreciate what why I love. This came in and to reignite the flame within me and be the best Bryant Hiller. How difficult was the way cut? It was very difficult further out as I got closer. Things went wasting with her than I would have imagined in two and a half weeks ago three weeks ago it was one hundred and fifty eight pounds and I'm never like I'm never over one fifty to one fifty one. I usually like three to four weeks out fight. I was like a little worried there and then two weeks out from the fight I was like one fifty four. I had stopped taking creating. I thought maybe that was it. So From there started to drop weight retaining water from the creative team and ended up coming off smoother than I would have imagined everything laid out this week and so all right so you get this victory and I don't know if you noticed because you're probably in in zone but When they played the prefight package before are you guys walked out? O.`day said that one day people say conor McGregor fought on his card. Did you hear that stuff into that. Give you a little extra motivation as the fight was about to begin and I didn't here as they played it but a couple of people told me he was saying that and they didn't like who is this newcomer that he's going to make a statement like that and say you O'Connor's on his car but it was funny because after the Wayans way in show you know the Irish fans always cheer Ole Ole Ole L.. So he he was making it like. Oh look cheer my name all day. I said no way no way so we would go back and forth in the back. It was funny but Yeah I I try not to listen to that Shit when I'm when I'm when I'm about to come out you know I'm just focused trying to keep my energy and and just remain calm and and by the way. Have you ever had a submission locked in so tight that the the the arm as well that the opponent has to tap with foot has that ever happened to you. We made them tap tap. Dance baby do it. No I never happened. It was weird because when he was in the show I knew his hands. Were all crunched up in there. I had a good the Chin Strap on him and I don't think he can get his hands out so he was either going to sleep or he was gonna tap his feet and so he was just. He started hitting the match faster than I've ever imagine support and it was like because I heard it when I kind of felt it and I wasn't expecting it but then the rush stepped in and I was like okay. That's what it was used pepper with his feet. First Winstons February of two thousand eighteen. This must feel good on a Monday right. You must have missed this feeling man. I forgot all about this feeling. It was like I. I needed this man like this is what makes me feel alive. And it's just you know you you don't want to say that you know fighting's everything in life but but winning a fight. There's just no feeling like it because when you put your life and soul into this and you end up feeling like okay like I'm successful. You know it was worth it like. I put all that time. I made all those sacrifices and it all came to fruition. It's like there's no other feeling like it. I feel on top of the world that have been any better. I was out for a year I needed to make the money and I made as much money as I possibly. Could you know with winning bonus and getting a victory like this great to see you get that bonus as well. Yes I went to. The I went went to eminem store owner cheese super. We got some peanut EMINEM. That's how boom celebrate through baby respect. I love the peanut EMINEM. Probably my favorite from being honest. Yes the best. I knew your rapper as well as we get some some some bars here on the victories or anything that we can get to commemorate this big moment. Don't put it on the spot. I'm putting it on the spot I know I know they had me at Media Day. Try to throw a couple of lines out there. I threw like to but It's rough China freestyle off the top of the head but hey how would they come. See me man. We need to. We need to see who the best rapidly. UFC is. I think a lot of people have behind me a battle rap between you and Tyron Woodley. I'd like to see that I'd put that on. ESPN plus why not. That'd be nice on madman all right. Well Congratulations Brian. Very happy for you my man and what a victory and and what a celebration. I think you headbutted the cage. They're reminiscent of was it gusts for all the Redskins who wants to that was just for some some quarterback that an injured his neck. I hope you didn't injure yourself but why did you buy. Why did you know that you know it was actually funny? Because before the fight like you're not jump on the cage not jump over the cage. They'll find you fifty percent right so I'd like you know what if I can't jump over and I'm feeling how I feel after a win. I'm going to try to run through that. Ah I saw my brother there. You know like my corner and I wanna I wanNA reunite. After I win and celebrates I just ran right into the eight and kind of like so my my brother there and hit the cage and bounce off and I was like. Why did I do that right after like why did I assume it was great? I loved yes it did. I like the emotion congrats. CONGRATS enjoy the victory. Oh God that's the most damaged probably took in the fight. Enjoy the win. My man and I look forward to seeing if you're able to get that big contract from the UFC. Good luck with the negotiations. Yeah Man I'm GonNa perp expire. Let's get a better contract than let's get the ball rolling. Let's get on the April Eighteenth Card in Brooklyn baby that's right long island's own Brian. Kelleher congrats thank you. Ma'am appreciate it. There is boom Kelleher the man and getting back on track Stopping his winning streak. Big Win over. O'Day Osborne first round submission and now we see if he's able to take a lot of pressure. I didn't know that was the last fight of his contract so that certainly added some pressure off but he got it done he was plus one twenty underdog. So if you bet on Brian Kelleher you cashed in. If you bet on Judo Bor you also cashed in. He was a plus to sixty underdog and got a huge win over Nostra huck par us on the ESPN prelims plus two sixty. In fact his manager Lloyd Pearson was very offended by this kept asking me about the line if I agreed with it and then was very quick to celebrate the victory there. He is Ju- Dober- joining us right now. Drew Congratulations. Thank you so much good to have you on the show did. Do you know about the line as well. And were you equally offended like like Lloyd was. I saw it But I just consider sitter on the betting odds a popular contest anyways just other people's opinion and got the opportunity to win a bunch of the money for other people so that doesn't bother any. I had the opportunity to see you. I think it was Wednesday. I was getting coffee. You're in line at the coffee shop as well and we were talking about the the donuts at the coffee shop and for a second. I forgot that you're actually fighting on the card because you were just so nicely dressed and you seem to be in great spirits. The way cut wasn't starting just yet but I'm just curious did you end up getting The donuts afterwards did you. Did you indulge at your thing. Yeah that was that was last night. Definitely indulge too won't you much but at Sunday's Afar enjoyment and back on routine but I didn't in fact those doughnuts well done well then I was wondering about that. A huge win for you. What a huge spot did you feel like? He was a little over hybrid. I mean I will admit people you know I I believe. He looked great in his last fight. But was that the mindset like I'm going to stop this hype obtained. No one's really talking about me going into this fight. It's all about him being one of the young studs that they're showcasing on this connor card now I mean. I was encouraged urged by his hype. Train he had a lot of fans needs young athletic energetic. And the hungry extremely dangerous to if you wash fights leading up to ours. Yeah so I was just motivated by seeing how I would do enough. Uh Bird for. I literally thought that we're going to go three rounds in the night. I mean I enjoy the performance of the night a lot better. Yeah we had Brian Kelleher who got one of those bonuses. You got the other and your last two fights. It's after the submission loss mid last year both very quick knockout finishes. What's what's the difference? Now what's happening these lease one minute or so finishes that you're getting getting now back to back. Has Anything changed in your life in your training that's leading to these great performances. Yeah now I believe when I was scheduled to find Josh Berkman meant I really focused on the mental aspect of training. And since then I've been keeping in practice and really just being more mindful and Being in the moment and from what. I've found that when you come in with like a strict game planner district motivation. You become a narrow minded and it's really hard to gathering information to her now. I'm just enjoying every second in every moment of this entire fight week when I get in the cage like I'm so relaxed I that I can just gather all the information for my own and see the opportunity. Wow so this wasn't the case earlier in your career. No no like I might WanNa just like all get up and go horsepower. PISS and vinegar is having a horse car with a with a bad driver. I just feel that I'm coming into my Brian. Because I'm incorporating the mental aspect of everything and also your hair hair's just impeccable these days. How do you how do you feel like that's a big part of this new? I mean how do you keep it in place. What are you putting in your hair before the fights where it's just like it doesn't even move? It's like why didn't place it's after fight honestly. I wish you didn't move but if you wash. The man was just balancing on the entire time somebody actually commented like drew tober fixes fixes hair and knocks people out. Yeah unfortunately this haircut does get my face every once in a while a shutout your barber. Who does a great job? You posted that video on on instagram. Some of you at the way in like doing the slow motion movie your hair you get there. It is right over there. What this is amazing stuff? Are you a model as well. We hear about some of the other fighters who Luke Rocco Geico but you models. I feel like you have you. Have you have the technique down Pat. I major said anyway. I can make money outside of getting punched in the mouth. I'd be into so many once they hit me out. I've Y'all you've never done it though. You even have the kind of like sly smile. You know you got that whole thing down pat the half smile if you will. I think it all started like my mother at a young age. Just kind of grooming me to be a celebrity. Like you'RE GONNA end up famous somehow. We're going to be an actor Mark Model. She was trying to get on the real world some longest time. Oh she's outrageous so I feel like she's the one that started his grooming. Did you try out they. I used to be my favorite show back in the day. Did you ever actually try out for it now now. I don't know how to handle with that. Is All that all the festivities and that that long period of time. I don't know if I could handle that but I did. Try to go out for the ultimate fighter. So it's a very specific real world and what happened. There made the the the first episode of the tough live where it was just one round. Oh yeah heated for getting the house drop on the judges scorecards arts and didn't make it in but a blessing long-term why so just I didn't have to go through. I think that season was twelve weeks. If if not more on the nutrition like it's not even just the fight anymore just being so uncomfortable all the time trying to perform on top of that but here I am in UFC FC regardless competing with the best in the world. So I'm just glad I'd have to go through that twelve weeks. Do you feel like this This win this moment. Maybe represents a turning point in your career weird. You know all those people watching the ratings were tremendous for the prelims most in the ESPN history connor card. More people are watching so that could lead to more opportunities. More people don't do do you. Sense is that did you sense afterwards. When you went online more people were talking about your fight? Oh yeah no I feel it. I feel very very prestigious. Event procedures fight to produce bite and then being able to win. Spectacularly like that will was is definitely adds to this momentum notoriety and it's my job to use. This is energy as motivation for my next fight in the fights further on just I think finally now people are seeing what I've been telling myself for years. Who makes sense next next for you? I like the fight goes back for a long long time. We were scheduled to fight as amateurs. Local rose And gone back to the the lives season of the ultimate fighter. Were on that show too so I mean I've had my eyes on him for a long time and it's all respected super talented. I love his fight so having a dance partner like that would be absolutely amazing. Okay and to be clear. This is ally until you're talking about right. Aw Iguana or Alex Hernandez he's another explosive fantastic fighter that I'm interested in okay interesting. She has played in the amateur scene. And where was that going to be. The local promotion in the Mid West has called Victory Fighting Championship. Okay huge thing like you know the who what is the best esque or the top lightweight in the nation amateur why his and both high Quanta My name popped up and we're scheduled a fight. It fell through and then we turn professional. Doc Thank God. They're trying to make that fight again and that didn't work out and then we ended up getting on the reality show together so the I'm GonNa find those one day and maybe now maybe I know he doesn't have a fight lined up and is taking a little bit of time off but he last fought several months ago. So maybe that makes a lot of sense and a good time for your team as well. Elevations Fighting Curtis Blades. It's fighting on the rally or the Raleigh. I should say main event spot on Saturday against Jd. Koi San Hagan screwed in that situation was supposed the co made by you guys are doing big things over there in Colorado. The accumulation has as things about it that. I've never seen anywhere else. The reason I moved out here ear it'd be a part of it. I really saw this growth and it's just. It's a family environment that encourages growth in. Nobody's you know trying to step up on other people to get ahead. Everyone's growing together and you know we're seeing from the athletes That it works. Congratulations on the wind. Drew and I'm I'm happy. You got those those donut afterwards you look great all week and you looked phenomenal in the fight itself so well onto congrats. Thank you thank you so much. I'm a lot of people I appreciate it all right. There is judoka with the big victory Saturday night and one of the bigger underdogs. I think we've had three underdogs who won on Saturday Iraq San Mateo Ferry was the biggest plus five fifty. It ended up closing as Kelleher plus one twenty dober- plus to sixty so well done to all all three of them now. Of course the big story. On Saturday the return of Conor McGregor winning and forty seconds against Donald cerrone the shoulder strikes which Michael being wasn't all that impressed by Kevin Lee as well but a very impressive seen a very impressive connor all week people were wondering how he would respond. People were wondering how he would look given the time off given everything he's been through told me last week that you know he. He was drinking leading up to the Hubby five five. Whether or not he said this time around he was sober whether or not that that that contributed to his performance argue against that but if he can stay this locked in and then this focused and he's told us now time and again this is. This is the way I want things to go. I want to fight multiple times this year at at least three times. I want to be active. I want to. I want to be in the gym. I'm GonNa take Sunday often then. I'm going to get right back in the gym on Mondays. Today's Monday and we'll talk to his head. Coach John Cavanagh later on and find out if in fact he went back to the Jim. Wars Planning on going back to the Jim. I know there's still in Las Vegas but if the UFC IF C can get three fights out of Connemara they did a eleven million dollar gate a little more than eleven. I think eleven point one fourth highest in when you have SI history. He is now responsible for three of the fourth largest gates in in UFC history. The one lone one that he wasn't a part of U. OF C.. One twenty nine. That was the Toronto over there. Levin Point one for you to forty six one thousand nine twelve point one seventeen point two for two twenty nine. That was the Habib Card right and then of course to a five the first MSG carts seventeen point seven. Eleven point one for a guy who people said his popularity was was was was dimming. A guy who people said was shot a guy who people said no one cared about anymore a fight that people said no one cared about. What do you think it's going to be in his next fight? Now with the whole world eating out of his palm once again. I thought that he handled everything perfect. I thought he was a lot was made of the fact that you know. He didn't answer the question about the sexual salt allegations of the press conference. I think he was ready to answer that question. I think that they shouldn't have stepped in. Obviously the fans acted like Jack Asses in that moment and it's to be expected to the press conference in a want that but hey he I think he was ready to answer it and I think that would just been one more thing. That was the lone negative thing that people were writing about. That wasn't answered. Even though he addressed it in our interview review he was ready to answer that question. And we'll see how that situation plays out and we'll see if he's able to continue to fight here in America but as far as demeanor as far as the way he was acting towards Sironi I felt like he looked like a man who was grateful to be back who appreciated being back. Who appreciated the moment? Who missed all of this? Who missed you know now in the spotlight in the limelight miss fighting and he was on point in what a way to start? What a way to come back and now it just opens up a bunch of possibilities for him like I said did he has a ton of options and I'm reminded of what he told me in two thousand fifteen after he'd be Josie Aldo? He said the fight game is all about numbers and options. Well he's got the numbers you saw them and you know he's is GonNa make a hell of a lot more I feel like they almost gave the UFC a discount on this one. They just wanted to get back but make no mistake about it. People are over remember. He said in the interview that was a one fight deal. Essentially you don't think they're going to be talking about more money going into the next one. He's got the options as well. In fact. I asked on twitter before the show. Who Do you want to see? Connor fight next. Not who will he fight next. But who do you want to see him fight next. The four options were Muslims. Who is in attendance? Conner didn't like the research he wrote but he was. There seemed to draw his liar number. Two obviously Nathan Diaz who connor mentioned in the press conference Mike von Asked him about and you notice he said Nathan he he said Nathan which I will take as a sign of respect towards Mr Deeds but also that. He's a loyal watcher of our program. Here number three Habib Ferguson winner and again in Kansas Ray Habib Kansas Right Philippe. He's fighting Tony Ferguson. On April Eighteenth. He's twelve in a row for God's sake so winner of that fight April eighteenth and again. I want to remind you Ramadan coming up after that. Fight this idea that he's just going to sit around and wait to fight. Habib is insane and he's not going to sit around and wait till September absolutely not or October. It's not going to happen. He told me my interview. which will play for you in just a second second that he wants to fight? Before the summer he guarantees for some and the other one was just engaging. I think those are the four main ones. I don't want to entertain the idea right now. The Floyd fight. I don't want want to see him straightaway. That's what kind of started this mess. Sick to what you're good at stick to what you're best at right when I was a kid. I was annoyed. That Michael Jordan went to play baseball. It was cool for like two months but I want to see him come back to basketball. Even though I hated the most you WanNa see the best compete at. What they're best at and CONOR McGregor? I don't care what any of you say is still one of the best fighters on the planet. He saw some work to do but at some point he will get the respect. He deserves if he continues to keep doing this. Look at the resume at this point between Mendez Emporia. Oh yea although Eddie Alvarez like look at the resume the second win what he did this Ronnie here so he keeps us up. He'll start to get that respect again. So the question is who is next and when is it. What's the status of the poll? Status of the poll is with over forty. Six thousand votes for him Ali's L.. Leaves with fifty four point four percent will then Habib Verse Tony Winner with Eighteen Point. Six percent just engage. He was seventeen point. Four percent and Nathan rounded out with nine point six percent. That's shocks me Nathan. Has last I thought it would have gone whore. Hey Da's Habib Ferguson winner Internet Gateway I think Gateway was actually the big loser on Saturday not being in attendance. I think being in attendance I think use Mon- being in attendance. Who by the way has a cast? I don't think that's going to happen next but I think not being there not attaching yourself to the fight was a mistake. I personally think that was a big mistake. But wow big big big big vote for Mazda Nathan has last. That's shocking anyway. We'll see how plays out. We'll talk to his manager later in the show audio tar. We'll talk. Of course Jon cavs well connor a lot of you were saying why is connor on the show has and the guy giving me enough over the past week. I mean I can't keep going back to that. Well Gimme amy the one hour. Sit Down and gave me the post fight interview which meant a lot to me. First Time I was back there since two thousand sixteen so I want to thank him for that and it was great to be back there with the team great to be interviewing viewing him again and great to see them in good spirits so in case you missed that post fight interview with Connor moments after his victory on Saturday night in the locker room. Here this this is after everything that you've been through since the Habib fight is possible to put into words what this moment means to you had will pay us. It's no different than I was before I just was committed and more tired and and it and that's it we are all equal. I feel you know his the worker willing to put in and the commitment. You're putting I was committed. This cabin am happy and proud to represent my team and I walk. Is it fair to say that your little motion all right now or the fighting has an emotional game ideas rollercoaster of emotion. Maybe a little more time off gone true when all the teams going to school to get us back where we're where we belong so you feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders heavy. I want him back on the Internet. And so and now I feel I feel good. I'm very very happy very very proud first. Victory since November of two thousand sixteen. Did you miss this feeling like being here with your team. Your family getting to celebrate after fight. Come on lastly before we lost in a box in my team and I have never may never really be. Let's be real. You've never seen me. B B conclusion. Them to a blouse closed John. I mean and so putting them down so much as you can that narrative of so long since we you know what I mean speech. He's just been outside the game sporadic with my commitment to it. So it's good to be back on Saturday though. Did you expect the fight to start out that way was that. What you envision vision? I just saw I was wanted to go with the shot for Sean. He dipped under he. Didn't she'll fair play on me just dipped on the no. I'm happy with the clue in many ways. You know he was planning to head kick me. He wanted to knock meet with a head kick so happy to catch him. I knew he had flaws ause without a in his own game. What a record? He has to hold the head kick knockout same phenomenon echo of the catch him with the head cake. Some very very plays with that. You're quick to tell us. Afterwards I man to get a finish at one forty five one fifty five hundred seventy. Is this something that you knew about my name and yes I did. I told you off camera thousand. Hold another saying that there was something I was going for. NOCCO victory of across three weight divisions granted. It was a technical but they're not get nonetheless. You know so and Donald Phenomenon fairies not. He's not easy to put away so known. Put them away and forty seconds so very happy very pleasing on we go you feel like the fight went a little. All too long could have been stopped earlier. Probably yeah probably had to myself dollars done them a little bit and I should've picked shuts a little bit but that would probably be my lack of Time in the cage bins out so long so when you get that little excitement Jimbohannon but then I could hear John in the corner ourselves Pick your shots and then I control the head of the stoppage and I'm happy new. It's very fresh. But how quickly do you WANNA come back very very quickly. I'm God God God willing. I hear fresh air tonight. So and I'll I'll I'll like I said celebrations a little celebration. Spend time with the family and then back back to China. So I'm I'm sure talking in within the next week and see what happens. You're back before the summer I'd say so. Yeah possibly I will. Yes 170. We'll see could be could be anything. Could be anything I know in the cage. You didn't want to call anyone out but in your heart. Is there an opponent in mind. I there's a louder sound just just building myself. I'm still there's still work to be done. I feel it still a lot of work to be done. I eat a lot of heat. Some amount of workload on top of made in this camp and at times I had to take back staffer Africa days to recover so now that I've built that foundation again I can I can sustain the workload and continue so this morning so I'm GonNa keep on keep that mindset and keep pushing forward did you notice or he might as well wearing your fur Saatchi rope withheld on that look ridiculous to me. It was a Moi actual robe. No Oh but it looks like the one that you were before the Mayweather Ridiculous County on on what that was about this. I was trying to get your attention. Right what's weird where that seems to be the one everyone wants. Do you want it. We can do no problem. So you're going to get me tangent as you. WHOA WHOA WHOA underwear? Was He wearing kind of weird. Is that later. I mean I don't know what that means Ma'am what Abilene House coatless. The Granny's in Ireland warehouse coats watching the soaps. You know like the soap opera shows may mean anywhere. Is that what that was about okay. As far as the critics. Is there anything you want to say to everyone who said you were shot. One seventy was mistake all that stuff in more nothing silence. You know what I mean. Just focus on the positives folks on the support. Very grateful for the people are stuck with me to F- destroying time and this far for them considering airing how good you know the whole week went for you and such good place mentally right. Maybe now this is the new kind of like no more. No more the Rio comment I was going to be. It's always career. Whatever situation is going to blame? I'm just GONNA be real situation and true to myself and I have to ask your father the Great Tony Mcgregor here and I noticed that you mentioned your mother a couple of times. Is Everything okay with her school with strongest woman. I know I love daily. And he's he's back at home she couldn't make the flight at this time and also am just WanNa show her support. I love my more. Ideally strongest woman. I know you're dedicated. This your son here. You know a prompted away and I brought my daughter and junior was 'cause donaldson writes only about one and a bit rate juniors about to like almost tree not just over two and a half a little bit more aware of what's the situation and so yesterday was a little bit taking Mac at the rain and that was kind of a test for me and then also the fucking. The foyer is ten PM in and upgrading. Keep it on over here but for two after ten PM and then it's a magazine as well. It gets crazy in there. So they don't put a force the last two Ford says he's a little bit younger now kind of understanding but not understand and at the same time so we left them at home with my daughter and that was a would have been a great moment they loved the way Donald does it with with danger and and that that makes me respect him so much because I understand that so deeply gentleman so and but maybe another time maybe in a few years time you know why no Bill Strip I dunno maybe when you actually really hit a bill. You don't need the village and I. I don't know I don't know again. I just don't do whatever I feel natural man. I feel everyone was waiting what I skipped around. You know what I mean. Keep them guessin so just when they think they have all the answers you change the questions. Like Roddy Piper. Finally is there anything you want to say to the people of Ireland notice that you mentioned Ireland right off the bat anything you want to support for the support my nation. I love dearly. I appreciate the biking and support over the years. I know Arlen is very proud of my success and you know they hold me accountable. Sometimes when I let them down. And that that motivates me and very very. I love my country daily so very honored to raise my trailer here tonight for the people of Ireland your back from nothing to something to everything to everything again. My Man. Congratulations enjoy the victory connor. Thank you I appreciate the work. Thank you thank you. That was a great privilege there. You don't get to go in the locker room after a big victory Quite often and when I walked in there all together the team was huddling together celebrating and just to be there for a few minutes was was really really cool so thank you very much to connor in the UFC for allowing that to happen. A couple of postcripts. You notice that I asked him about about the record of being the first man to get a finish at one forty five fifty five one seventeen he kinda he kinda put me on blast. He said that he told me about this beforehand and he did tell me anybody said not to say anything and I and I respect that but after my interview with him in Las Vegas before the fight. He said he wanted to tell me something and I was like. Oh there's something juicy. He's got a secret he's he's got some insider information. I'm GonNa tell you something but you better not say before the fight as I promise and he said when I get this victory when I knock him now I'll be the first man to get a knockout finish at one forty one fifty five one seventy but don't say anything I want to say it. I was like okay and of course. That's not big news. Someone could have figured that out out on their own. Andrew Davis Mike Von all your other staff people out there you can figure it out yourself and maybe someone else mentioned it but that was a really big deal to him and you notice just when he talks about the head kick stuff Sironi having the record for most head cakes and all that you notice these things mean a lot to him which I find to be fascinating and so there you have it. He's the first man to do that. He wanted to be the guy to say it which I thought was was really interesting. No Billy Strut. I know you appreciate the hard hitting journalism awesome there. We were all waiting for wanted to see it. Play the package of all the people copying him over the years and he didn't do it and so he switched it up on us but I guess that makes them a very good show man and then you could see you know. We talked about what's next and he didn't really even rule out one fifty five. Although if you look that good at one on seventy in your your that happy not having to cut way. Why at this point would you consider it? In a matter of moments we're going to be joined by or Hamas but also get his thoughts on The fight and connors comedy really didn't seem to like the the robe and I will admit I'm not smart enough a smart people. I'm not sure who told me about it. I wasn't wasn't near Creek. May I'm giving too much credit here. Are they what about this told you I did you tell me you were the one. Yeah who do you think thank told New York Rick Gay Rights Ask ask them why you are the one you are the one I tweeted the video and you're the one who became and where did you see it is the question scrolling twitter like who deserves the credit. There was unbelievable. You still pay that much. And then they posted it on. ESPN FEMA right. He can say you're welcome to me. How he's going to text in five four three two one he actually called? Would you out earlier. He said you're recapping to forty six. And the connor figuring is not squaring off with the cowboy bobblehead. This is why corporate jake will never be near Creek. Rick can we just very quickly get rid of the lower third right over there. I made the switch to really see right there. Connor figuring you can tell him if he wants to set up the desk. Every week he can oh And Cowboy bobblehead. That's pretty sure we've done it like this. Maybe we should have done it like this. I mean it was right there for the taking and how about this car Kiruna at best buy woman in the middle. See that see what I just did right over here. This is great stuff other side computer right here. Yeah that's right. Well I mean that's an obvious one right. Aw He's writing. He said we not going to who verify into. Oh we're not going to verify info reported on the show jake out here lying by the way Jake's getting shots from all corners. TST We know weighing in saying that he would never make a mistake like that. You know who wouldn't make that mistake Roman of ESPN DOT COM. And by the way you can check out our the entire coverage over at ESPN DOT com. Slash Emma may team did a phenomenal job of covering from from last week. We'll really from the moment. The fight was announced. That's but from Monday to Sunday. I thought it was a really great job by everyone. Involved then again. It was really great to be a part of the the whole machine that is our coverage. NBC had a prefight. Show my friends. ABC ABC was founded. The American Broadcasting Company was founded in one thousand nine hundred forty three nineteen forty forty-three. ABC was founded two thousand twenty. What does that fifty six twenty eighty? Six years eighty six years. Here's anyway in the eighty six I think history of ABC they had never aired any kind of emmy coverage at all not got a fight. Obviously not a Barker show countdown. Show not a special nothing ever and at two PM Eastern the air they lie. I pre fight show. Mazda was part of it. Michalis was hosting Dana. White was on it myself. Bread Okamoto myklebust being Charles. Sunan who Stephen a Smith and by the way I feel like a lot of people are giving Stephen a Smith a lot of crap just because they think that first of all Stephen a you guys think that he doesn't know Emma may the man follows. MMA he does he talks about all the time and not just a connor fight. I remember when I think it was gone new. Oh Jd last year he was talking about that like the fighting. I T watches them all now. I'm not saying he's an expert. He's not even saying he. He's an expert and he doesn't even need me to defend him But what did he say that was wrong. Can we lost and forty seconds. That's it just said the exact same thing in a different way. Kevin Lee said the exact same thing in a different way. There's no case to be made. Run is never fun to fight where he didn't land at least one strike out struck nineteen to nothing now is bad luck it was a it was a shot whatever. The case is fine but at the end of the day it was pretty one sided fight and it lasted forty seconds. What more is there to say? So I feel like people are just taking shots for the sake of taking shots because it's cool to say it's cool to say that. CNA doesn't know where he's a casual or he's just johnny come lately or you know. He has no business being on the broadcast first of all. He's not really on the broadcast on the the sports in Iraq recap afterwards and second of all. What he was saying was pretty much what everyone was saying? And the cry the cries. It was fixed. I mean at one point. Are we going to stop with this stuff. Just because of fight ends quickly where you have two men competing in a cage. And it's four ounce gloves and it's as brutal as it is it doesn't mean it's fixed it doesn't mean it's fixed when it ends quickly was the Aldo fight fixed like what about that fight lead you to believe that it was fixed. What about those shots? Lead you to think that it's fixed. It's just such a tired lazy narrative. Would've you can be unhappy. That lost your excuse. Me Serono lost that Connor. Juan you can be unhappy that that it lasted just forty forty seconds or you know that you spent five dollars. I get that trust me. I get that you spend sixty five dollars or a thousand dollars on on tickets or something. I get being upset. I get feeling let down. I get it but it wasn't fixed. Donald cerrone is way too much integrity to fix a fight. You don't don't do that sort of thing you absolutely. Don't at this stage in his career. He doesn't have to fix fights he was getting paid upfront. If it's a fight for come on stop it with that. That's taking away from Sarony and his integrity and who he is as a man and that's taking away from Connors victory as well and so now the big question as we move on from this. Who's he gonNA fight next what we just did? The poll and the overwhelming favorite with what thirty thousand votes or something like that corporate. Jake forty thousand votes fifty. Six percent of you are saying that you want to see Mazda versus Conor McGregor. Well let's ask the B. M. F. Champion himself or Muslims to join us what he thinks about it all. How are you my man? I'm doing great what's going on with the hair. It's like a half Bun Osborne House taking off my braids got little lazy and stuff. And then I've got to have the interview. It's all good. I think it's actually a good look. If I'm being honest I respect you. What are we eating French Burrito? Oh Man I wish I could ever breakfast breakfast burrito right now. Well thank you for joining us. Sorry to bother you. We appreciate it so you were there in the front row. You do a lot of attention first things first. What did you think of the of the fight itself good? It was called in every single interview star violent invited. Both guys get after always looking for a finish off forty seconds We're expecting it to be that quick. A big part of me. Yeah if gobbling coming with the right game plan from the start on your show at night from you know. He's not a great sprinter off off the blocks. Connor is set it on Ambien right And the beginning of the fight was actually a little reminiscent of your fight against Ben Aspirin. Right the what. The beginning of the fight was actually reminiscent of your fight against aspirin. The way it all started with the need of the face somewhat unintentionally but it was it was almost the exact same something like the hit the hit him in the base. Yeah now what about the shoulder. Strikes people are not. It seems like they don't want to give credit for the shoulder. Strike saying that you know you shouldn't be able to get hurt. That badly from shoulder strikes. Would you think of them. What is it sounds muffled? You can't hear me now a little bit better okay. What did you think of the shoulder strikes where you'll get one of those we're going to get one of those good chronic home so this habit? Okay well you look great right by the way you sound great to us look you do you do you do what did you think of the felder strikes strikes irk you you know. I always like to see new techniques that are effective in any which way as long as legal round meals that it was pretty you okay shoulder but may so afterwards he gets on the microphone on and he didn't seem impressed with what your wearing and said the same in the interview with me said he he compared to what the grandmothers way where. Excuse me wearing They wear that to watch the soap operas in in Ireland. I let me ask you. What was the inspiration behind the outfit? Numerous things the main thing is. I didn't feel like leaving the house so then when I had to leave I was like I just say comfortable being my. PJ's should've been my people said that you more that because he wore that Alpha prior to the mayweather fight. Is that true. I'm GONNA leave that open to interpretation lead that up for for people's discussion threads but all I know is that he don't want the fight so I'm gonNA fight no more moving out that fighting and you know this dude wanted to fight a bully. You know I guess it's had he's use wins right now. You know this guy's by men leaving the trilogy Khanate God bless him. Dude remember you know I give this to. CEO's losing and losing your punt of that but wait a second interview. Look me in my eyes when this interview and no nothing but the truth comes Your fucking deck known. Yeah I know I come in. Peace has behind my back. But what makes you think that he doesn't want the fight because I asked him and mobile asked him and he never said no he said yeah. Sure sure whether he could get it. I'd like that bill to I wouldn't mind what makes you think he doesn't want. It doesn't worry me have right. They could cut six promo of all time he could and he could've just been a good problem could have cut a things he's been saying I don't think so and I personally. The tiger needs to get fed. THUNK GONNA half only getting bored already has cast on so it might be a while for him. I saw your manager yesterday. Suggest gest that you guys should do an interim title fight you and Connor because it was meant as out the car to do that but one of these guys you perhaps grab women. I mean that's the way he's been tugging should he's been saying but if condo wants it will get it done. You know won't be hard to get it done. But Itamar reminding the senior team bullshitting and stuff. You know from scrap unimpressed with his post fight. Talk Not that. I'm an impression on me. He has different plans and ruinous plan. Either he's had his own plans NC wants to go and get them done. My brother I do. But let's I'm I'M GONNA get. What were you surprised that he seemed to be that bothered by the outfit at any minorities bothered by the outfit? I didn't homer. And but if he's pissed off I mean fuck you know there's only one thing that I definitely work better. And maybe reason why he's upset. How much does that cost you? Mind me asking can't say that it was a gift so I I really don't know okay. Was it from Donatello for Saatchi herself. It wasn't I wish okay. Because because I think she gave him the original one that he wore right. That's Nice as power movement. That's nice or maybe he just said that that I don't know but not minds was guest. Okay I saw on your twitter said I saw that I needed to see essentially slee. So what does that mean. I was just like a like a flying alone. When Shannon competitor fighting my showed up the need by just Just to watch is a fan but also just across path in the real time certain things that I can see why could still see him but at the same you know from everything meaning from language when he walks into the cage. What he's doing before what he's doing after all these things that I could see just like a flying? Is that a moment. Spain's everything from how the breathing everything everything I got a clinical I when it comes to that stuff and I could see a lot of things especially in the basin and what did you walk away with every bite them about going to I Do like officials report on it. You know I passed by the math department and square roots on what Claes and then I come up with a form and then I seek to that formula no matter what but you came away it was stuff from that fight even though it was so short Mike. Let's no fucking emailed myself. You know these points that I wouldn't forget Song Orange we're ready. We gotTA formula eliminate them. So why are we Pooh poohing this. I feel like this was the thing I mean. The the the fans clearly wanted fifty six percent of forty thousand fifty thousand thousand votes that we had on our poll. Today say they won't you. Of course they want me because it they they know that. I'm GONNA bring extreme but I you know in his success as just because the fans of me wanted or Ameinias I. I don't think that's even legal. You can't force me or you want me to share with all due respect. I feel like he's not the issue. I feel like the only one who's really openly against this. Right now is Dana. I feel like connor hasn't said no to this. He's pretty much said yes to everything at least publicly. I don't know about privately and then we'll get them. We'll get it done. You Know Dana doesn't like it for different reasons. I don't know if I could say Dana. You can tell you things you you know I think to me. It's more like a also I'll come on. What are you ruining our moment here? We need the honest truth every once in over Abe come here. Let's talk to come here Abe. I have a big bones to pick with you interim title. You'RE GONNA campaign for an interim title really come on the B. M. F. titles way more prestigious than an interim title. Don't diminish it. I I agree with you. I agree with you but unfortunately To be able to get connor get the flight eight. There has to be what he wants. And that's pretty much a one seventy pound and so for us to make that happen And looks like he's singer he's got a castle no sense that I don't know how long he's GonNa be out or I just figured the easiest way to make that happen but you know like my man says nobody can can force. It's another man again into the age. You know about gun to their head or giving them a contract though What we think is going to stay with us and we'll figure out the right okay? But but you're on the front online's do you feel like this is possible. Does you see really not want this fight. It's the biggest fight they can put on right now. I personally think they do want a they do either. One both liked. Actually I think if if the USC really was trying to do this they would probably want the Mahsud off by first and then Connor goes against afterwards. I think that that's their all your perfect okay and if it was up to me as well which which one means more to you right now which one it it was up to you both guys want it. 'cause I knew you were asked this question on Thursday but now it's Monday and if I tap in which one do you actually want more or connor will. I make considerable large paycheck with connery. Yeah if it's on a personal messiah potatoes and tomatoes. Being the same I would. I would take a lot more a pleasure in dismantling whose face than what Congress would I would. I would have a sincere join side of me. I can kid on Christmas opening numerous numerous gifts if someone was to do that I got the bad guys. Why Zach definitely? There's something about his face. I just I don't like it. It doesn't sit well with me. I don't like this attitude as well. Either Carbon who I've been doing. Sixteen buccaneers on the fight of the year. And I'm at your fucking weight. Can you GONNA be as Corny and a petty as shown single you know by the doing personality yet seventeen different fucking personalities up when I'm one of them has made the DV so The fuck is is up. You know ocassionally if not ever. He doesn't want he doesn't want he keeps going to make this abundantly clear in every fucking interview that I get asked about this how he wants to fight the guy that's right lonely because this is ranking system. If you don't know 'cause a lot of my fans personnel assistant too much I'm GonNa take five segments explain there is a ranking system and I'm ranked in the system. He wants to fight the guys right below me that he already. He says the provide he sounds at one hell of a politician me and I don't like politicians Mr Trump sprinkle okay area. Yeah well now. You're the one I got a bunch of users don't WanNa find them haven't played by myself segregated population. I don't you they will buy middle but I will say respectfully I asked Connor about you being the opponent next firm and your status in that way class he seemed open to it. So maybe you know something that I don't earn staff meeting and put together man. July six international fight weavings. Yeah no marches ready both major Brazil other stuff so I guess you lie. International Fight Week would be a great time the fucking have the base event of the history of the Sport International. So kind if you want to do it and it's still not let me know I got shit through man I mean what a pay. What you you get for something like that? That'd be probably the biggest of your career will be the biggest pain you better. I can't I can't tell you how much I'm GonNa make sure sure sure there's more stalkers and more people saying that money and lawsuits and things like that. I'm I'm doing this fight for free. Okay Yup Yup I got you I got you things have changed in your life. So much has changed. I mean now you've got your own mess. Cal is called Moscow. I've never truck. Sometimes we should really congratulations. It was cool to see you up there with Stevo. You've got your own little private party a you're hosting a press conference. I mean you really took advantage of of last week in Las Vegas. You're being interviewed. When wins a non competitor being interviewed right before the main event on the pay per view? This never happens. So that's why I feel like I feel like there's some I like Cherries area. American ally like Okay much with them on. ABC's been broadcasting the nineteen forty. They never had it. Yes may content. DISA- was the first one pot that shirt. I'm not sure this nasty motherfucker right here. Okay all right well done. I think deserve all the credit for that age of so and you even have now even our fighters paying homage to you. Brian Kelly her with his hands behind his back. You see that Brian Kelleher. Oh She A. I was alive and he when when you said he had ability was discussing now is a nice fucking were there. Kaitai advice odorata explosives that Jamaican doing crazy. That was fucking by it was straight. Yeah there it is right over there. There's the photo look at that and just do standard any garage door. Yes he's a great guy. We just had him on well so I have to say I feel. I feel. I thought you were going to come out. You know responding to the comments about the rogue and everything like that saying you're next forty second this and that but it sounds like you're kind of moving on wants now shower. We see if you don't want him. What what you can't keep asking this question knowing the contract gets in front of my face? The numbers add up to work. I'm asking or yeah encouraging baptize on TV easy math. Did you hear Anthony Joshua use baptize when he squared off with Tyson fury. He said the same thing that he's going to baptize him. While while they're excuse me take my bad. Yeah I guess you had an He said he's the preacher resulted. One do ties to show it off again. Sure we have a competition Better being a wildlife anything and by the way just ask you. What's up with the pizza thing where you're folding the pizzas? Now like two slices. Is that a real thing. Seems like a lot of bread that just double the flavor in your mouth w explosion. Okay all right. That's your thing. Yeah we're actually having a pizza pop up from one of my really good chef friends to To New York. And we'll be having Papa there you be driving time soon but it's good okay and I'll be starving. It's all you know what's up and my colleague Chill Son told a story about you at a club Eh. Real story this being sharing stories about you now. You guys are like best buds. I have no recollection election story. Okay well he's just exposing yourself all right so to recap you want this fight but you're not going to be asking for it anymore anymore. You're done doing that. You showed up. You did your thing. He didn't call you out. And and if not you're moving onto twos Mon- BINGO nailed it. And did they tell you how long this is going to be out. Yeah he's out indefinitely us or something like that. Well what are you GONNA do. You'RE GONNA wait wait for two years. No Ain't nobody has meant somebody. I'll find somebody who This man's in the meantime I keep myself occupied. This is the only only thing that that helps me reminds idee in all my low self esteem issues and stuff kicks. I don't believe that for a second okay last thing. If you do fight conor would you put the belt up. I've already explained if unplugged my built up. You've got to put up. Because that's like Mr Dana White said in company. It's one out of one it's money forever. It won't be done again. Yada Yada Yada you know and then anyway connors fuck boy man you know. He said he designed about and then he said to. The belt is ugly. What fuck so you fucking designed the ugly about monthly You were saying about this now that but I remember him tweeting saying that he signed off on the belt is scheduled spewing is everywhere just like his eighty minute knowledge. made the fucking by the fuck outta humor. You don't believe that that's I'm not I'm not I'm going to see him bullshit with nobody. Meant you WANNA fight. We're GONNA fucking fight when a baptizing you gotta go to fifty five and in gone down there but at seventy it's only me me. I mean it. You don't believe the eighty million. I pray that somebody will make them much money. Cherif Gray weren't revealed that somebody broke those barriers so people can keep pushing the boundaries on the page. But I don't think so I just don't think solar okay and just to be clear because you did you already explained it What would you want from him? If he doesn't have a belt Ch- we got to put up some cash money. If you want this about I gotTa Talk To my dad because I gave it to him anyway anyway chair. My Dad's a gambling man and my dad would mind me game in the belt. But he's got some type of lateral but then nice chunk of money Shem uh-huh uh-huh okay. So you made it clear. Can I ask a before before we go. WHAT'S THE GAME PLAN A? We need you again. What's the game plan? What's the game was a game plan or where he's next move? We are patient vigils Asian Surgical Virtue Nation. Wait do you want the connor fight Yeah I'd be lying told you okay. I needed that Okuno who I wanted to connor fight. It sets up him and his future. He's not into this game fifteen years ago to make a whole lot of money and you know sometimes those fights come once in a lifetime. It's it's Emmerson I I do believe if it's not him or he will set himself up loose mint to become that and every fight going forward he would be just as big if not bigger than CON. Okay okay because you don't WanNa fight the guy the council on seventy or and the whole BMX stuff. I think cars you know. Sort of backtracking. Yeah so you know. You can't can't do you think the US doesn't want old. USC USC wanted or not being has always done fans want so. The fans are out there screaming for Warriors Conard than I think. Dan will come through with that. Like usually does what the fans do you think. Do you think conor doesn't want it that I think is more realistic connor. If you want something Connors oaten says it But we heard connor in this last night. We call it about and different fighters five different fighters. So it's weird you know. He has options and God bless them but we have options as well so I know a lot of people are still clamoring that bite a part too. That's another one that's on the table. Loosens out completely gone Mike. Putting an end to those rumors You know to the to the disbelief. That's going out there as well so you know it's another like I said. Connor doesn't take the fight. He's GonNa get passed over. It will dim his light until it comes to the point where it's the only option and then he's going to. He's not going to have understood all right. Good stuff guys thank you I think we now know your stance the team stance on it all. Thank you for doing this positive. So Oh what did you eat. I had actually had breakfast Burrito for breakfast as well here they have a cafeteria here at. Espn it was very nice. I had it in the morning. Oeser kosher a are you serious. You're putting on the spot. It wasn't your your. Your career is based off putting me on the spot for like five second of sorry it was was a Turkey not kosher Turkey and I'm sorry my parents are going to be so mad. My Mom's going to text me in the next three minutes. How dare you? Why would you ask to me this? I've been so good to over the years. Why would you put me on the spot controversy arrogance you know? It reminds me of the time. You're in New York. Can you like. Don't be asking me those soft questions that I'm like all right and I ask you by your Daniel like. Oh no no no no. I'm not talking about this. I was like what you just ask those questions. Saudi both of us. We pretend to be tough guys but deep down. We're just softies right. We're building bears. Eat Down Teddy. Yes I like to think so personally. I thought you look good. I will admit I didn't get the connection with the with the the robe and everything. I didn't remember that he wore that two years ago. Whatever but but I thought it was a cool just will remember the best you know? You don't remember those therapists members. Just remember the good dope. Shit you know Respect but where do you even think of that like. What does that even like? Come from immagination box okay. So you remembered it no. I remembered that I wanted to win in strobe because I don't really feel I get dressed part of it was I fucking went to Be At the close of the pitching Moaz won't be comfortably later. And that's how I'm usually in a bathroom most Amnon Foam from the gym or or depending on the temperature and stuff. So you're actually saying it was a coincidence. Was a okay all right and he had the bottles there and everything. It was a nice scene. He did address you. He said that you look like a grandmother watching an Irish soap opera. So that was. That was an interesting. This grandma man was already later astronaut Amino grandma with the shoes fucking face because he don't want it man when he does he sound like I mean as you does it. Sound like county wants to fight media. Does this sound like He. That's yes I'm coincide. Despite eight you know that should he likes to do. Does it sound like that. You know well you're connor on a sore. I feel like he does. I really do improve awfully ironical right. Let's let's see okay arms broke. See that yeah yeah have been yeah. It's okay we wouldn't sold by thousands of them. If it wasn't for bad you know so corporate jake. Corporate Jacob told me we had to wrap unfortunately or you know everybody officers getting a bottle of the Take that way. What everyone's what they're gonNA WANNA show resenting case personalize names everything upset? Jake's he angry yes I agree. I agree he's fin on some bad behavior by the way my mom just texted me. Thank you very much saying that. She's very upset for his rate at a week. And I'm in make disconnection all right. Well thank you very much love. I appreciate the time as always well done on. ABC My man. Don't forget the little people all right. All right there is the one and only or Hey Maswadeh game bread joining us with some interesting stuff following Saturday night so I guess it wasn't a coincidence or was it wasn't not interesting times. I still feel I kind of wants to fight. I still feel like it's the biggest fight they they can make right now. I actually think it's down to two people as far as what's realistic because again we've already talked about the fact that you know be is fighting in April and we hope that that I don't WanNa even put it out there. That might not happen. I want to put that out there so that it's going to happen April eighteenth. And that's the fight that needs to happen. Happen next for the belt. Ferguson hubby twelve in a row twelve in a row. It's gotTa Happen Right. So that's what happens. We're not going to see him till the fall going to wait till the fall so I I'm just putting that too. I feel like the two that have the best chance of happening next. Nate three or he won. Those are the two that I have the best chance of happening next. Are the most realistic to happen next. That's what I say. Nate three one. Both at one seventy I would say far third place would be gateway. I don't really see anyone else and I actually think that one of the reasons why the GAY chief fight isn't being talked about more is because I don't think he wants vitriol. I think maybe his management might have something to do with. I think they like the fact that they're in a good place right. Now that you know the build up to the throne fight was mostly positive. uh-huh that. There wasn't a lot of animosity that there wasn't a lot of drama. I really think that they liked the way. This whole thing built up and I think that's important to them and so to go back to the. I mean not to say that they're going to try and avoid that by any stretch of the imagination at all but I think that it's important to them to to try to build on that and in the post fight interview connery's says he doesn't think that he's there just yet. So what does that mean at one seventy he. He looked very healthy very thick t h whereas a triple C. C. C. Not Henry Pseudo So we'll see we'll see how it all plays out by the way I did. See Speaking of Triple C.. I did see Captain Eric in Las Vegas. But he still doesn't WanNa talk to me. Still mad that I gave Eugene Eugene Behrman the the coach of the year ward so. I tried my best. I tried my best but one day. He has an open invitation. He could come on the program whenever he wants and we could talk. I told them this I told Henry this. Come on the show. Talk it out. Tell me why you think I was wrong. Tell me why messed up. And then we can move on but for now he's still upset in a matter of moments we're going to be joined by Audie. Atar who is the manager for Conor McGregor who can probably answer a lot of these questions about Congress future. What's next and and really the moment there? Because like I said when I walked into that locker room and he doesn't like the narrative that this was his first victory since November number of two thousand sixteen but that is in fact true he just says hey you know I once and I really didn't get beat. I got petting cussing beat up but it was. It was a nice scene in there. Everyone one was happy celebrating. It was really cool to be a part of it in the in the McGregor Locker himself without further. Ado Let us say hello to audio. Tar the manager for Conor McGregor. Audie how are you. Oh I'm doing well please excuse my voice areas but thanks for having me out. I appreciate it very much. Thank you for being on. Did we lose the voice in celebration. Absolutely well I mean just that forty seconds was a very intensely second so You know it was it was. It was excitement from start to finish for for for our friends and our family and Just so proud of Kinda for twelve months you put in more employment. The the work that he put in leading up to this this This great event Yoshi to forty six last weekend so That's why don't the voices got. But so so I like to. I like this horse voice. Yeah it's fine and it's well deserved because of everything that that went into this and other than his family I mean you have been and by his side throughout everything especially over the last two years the ups and downs. You're always there when you need help. And there's been a few situations where he needed to help and so to see it. All culminate nate into this and to see how it all played out and to see the way the week played out which I thought like I said before I thought he was on his best behavior and really got people to to start loving him again and believing leaving. Emma get to see it comedy with forty second victory like that. How did you react? How did that feel inside? You Know I. It's great just to to just see it all come together but more importantly it was great for the world to see who Kinda McGregor really is. That's the kind of Gregory. No that's kind of Gregor we love of and I think he said it all week. It's not that he changed. It's he's just learning and growing evolving. And that's the most important thing so rather than it. It being a new and improved connor so to speak. This is just. This is just kind of present day. This is connor with everything. That's happened throughout the last eight years that we work work together You know the go to the bat the way that losses and all you could do is grow and all you can do evolve and if you don't then you you know you're you're effectively going back right if you don't evolve you're you're effectively dying right so I'm just super proud of him. I'm so happy for him and his family and our team And it was just a great night. I think that the reality of it is and he said it best. You know that the critics critics are going to constantly criticize him so it's never good enough no matter how good we do. I think the one thing that's important not only for kind of all athletes and their team respective teams is that you have to celebrate the wins but keep pushing forward celebrate the wins but keep working at the end of the day. No who you are. What you are? Don't let the you know the the media critics gets you down. And let the motivates you let that be fuel for your fire so I'm super happy. Four him for his family for our team that he was able to really take everything. That's happened up to this point. The good the bad the ugly the wins and the losses and really this show You know who he is present day and how he's how he's responding to all that right because he's been so much said about him and the one one thing that I love that that's also been said that he was able to prove people wrong was patties being so nice. If you're gonNA perform you know is this a is this a As as people would criticize previously in and use this phrase but was this a touch but session. What's going on there right? But I think he prove prove that not only was he super focus. But the respect and the positivity throughout the entire fight week did not necessarily. I certainly me that you were going to see less competitive or less aggressive athlete to fight night. So I'm just so happy for him You know what what what an amazing performance but more importantly as well You know just so so proud of the team and how we all stuck together everything we've been working so Thing I'd like to say hats off to tell us about it was car. Camp is management Just just cure class. You know. They've they've just been professional from the start of this thing and you know it was just such an honor to be able to share. Not only for Connor should octagon with them for rush to share it now. This great event together and putting it together and you might their exposure and And work that went into this. I I just took my hat off to them. Pro Our work that they put in and Just nothing but respect and appreciation for being able to you work with one another. I'll be another side of this thing and Craze magic last Saturday as you know being in this business for a long time on on Monday after the fight you don't really get a chance to at least we in the media and the fans like we're over the fiery. Everyone moves on. We WanNa know what's next and so there's a lot of debate today about what is next and could be next and when he could return. What would you like to see happen if it was up to you what are you what are you going I you know I mean yeah? You're so you're right. That's that that's awesome the case. But you know these these. These athletes are human right so they're still still processing everything that's happened. There's still you know confirmed what thirteen there's still enjoying the moment or even you know just even if you lose right you're you're you're still in agony right over the night right and still processing. Awesome all these different emotions with your with your closest loved ones and your closest team members. So it's hard to always say who's next what's next you know it's just like there's so many options. Here's the reality Red Penny Knight's still in full effect. We know that I think Kinda did a great job of identifying I think so many different options so many different opponents that he could face and the one thing I've always been I've always said that maintained and I still to hold onto whoever Conor McGregor face is going to be a big of it so the end of the day. He's the biggest Jong combat sports not just express lots and and And I and I think that there's options you know. I think I think there's options for him. I think he's just need some time to to continue to process what just happened. It's you go. She put in so much work for forty seconds and You know I still have over three hundred hundred messages so I can only imagine what his phone looks like. I mean nobody compared to who he is right so ultimately I think he's gotTa give some time. Let let let the dust settle. Let let us take this all land but more importantly we I think for him. He's just focused on the process. So I went out had a great after party and that he was very disciplined. He still enjoyed himself let loose. It's a little bit. But he went home route thirty and have I would have family and it was in bed nets it woke up the next day and he was picking me all these different ideas thoughts. What's up some from from professionals? There wasn't even just from after par. Step boy right So it's just great to see him in good spirits. But still I just dialed in you. Know plan is really to get back to work. And ultimately I think once the dust settles once he processes all these things and I think as work work continues. He's going to really understand where he wants to go. That's just the most important thing. Prepare Conor McGregor is is is a kind of a greater. I think everyone everyone wants to see right Joyce to see so. It's just motivates him that's the most important thing at this stage of his career. He doesn't have to jump into anything EXP because it's what Sharon says what. What ranking ringing? Say it's really about what motivates him at this stage of. Let me ask you this. Because we had Hori on before and he says does he doesn't believe Connor wants to fight but it seems the fans really wanted. We just did a poll. Fifty thousand votes fifty four percent say they want Mazda next overwhelming favourite. Yeah nothing but respect for her. Hey I think he's been you know a guy that has worked tail off and it has some seven amazing using success in the last twelve months in particular you know. and He's put himself in position to to garner this type of attention respected and it's well deserved so I congratulate him and I took my hat off to him happy for him now that he lost the scalp but ultimately it's going to be whatever Kinda was that's the reality of it so whoever Kinda gets motivated in wants to compete against is GonNa be who the next five is. It could be horny. It could be it even be although right so at the end of the day you know right now what we need to do still just enjoy the moment process. Everything has happened. Get back to work and you know when colored decide who he wants to fake next and the team will know in the world. I asked him in the post fight interview. If he could guarantee that he'd be back before the summer because of course. He says he wants to fight three times. Do you feel like that is possible just looking at scheduling created this pay per view. Out of nowhere. This wasn't even on the book so I kind of feel like we can't even go by the UFC NFC schedule. If he wants to fight they'll make it happen but do you think we'll see him back before the summer realistically I think I think it's it's all about one. It's all all about what he wants to compete. I think that's the bottom line. Do I think it's plausible. That he can come back beach or seconds before the summer. Absolutely it's part. Part of the plans is something he said numerous times not only privately but publicly. So let's just see you know there's a few moving parts here. I think you know there's a Saturday. Sadly he has to continue just to get through this event. Because it's not it's not just because the event is done right So I think that th that's did that's a very realistic scenario. But we have to kind of see what motivates. That's the most important thing at this stage in his career. Okay and as far as the motivation how do we now make sure that he doesn't lose. Focus right he said a big part of IT IS I. Don't if I'm focused. I don't get into trouble right. I don't I don't get off track back. This one was a smashing success everything. He said he didn't drink all this stuff. What do we do now to make sure that he doesn't now go check? Keep working keep working the reality audio again. Caller as a human being the difference between kind of Gregory is that he is a spotless. Everything he does he sneezes. It's on the news. Was He farts. It's on the news he talks about. You know losing focus in getting off track with work he has to talk about it. It's sure as mindset. What happened what do you need to do you? And I don't for the most part right right But at the end of the day it's just about continue to attack those telling and he and and and trust that he has a great team around that we're constantly different that every step of the state so I think that the one thing that you know you can't you can't This is You know What what is it that he has to do? It's not it's not like any secret sauce. It's just about what we all have to do. You know and he said it throughout the entire week and he just had to reset refocus we all sometimes lose. WHO's focused? We all know sometimes make make mistakes and and you know how to effectively just kind of get back on track and focus on what got us there Erin and just think back to the basics of you know what we were doing to get to that point of our life but also understand where we want to go in this in this stage of our life and career and continue to do the things that got us to this point. Hopefully they will continue to get us to the next player of whatever for those goals and and Goals excuse me goals and and Yeah I just lost my trap goes all right so hopefully yeah. I don't have a voice but I understand. I'll just ask you one more. was there ever a point on the entire process over the last two years everything that happened and we thought that maybe he wouldn't get back to this point. No no no I've worked. I've been fortunate to be around high level last night. I've been in this business almost fifteen years around place for over twenty years No you know. There's there's people that that have worked with that. I I would you know you could see that you know the writings on the law so to speak And there's even others that have been I've turned me off wanting to work with them. It's never been the case for them. You know I'm proud of who he is. I'm proud of who what he's done and I'm even more proud of what we're about to do at the end of the day you cannot you cannot just Achieve your the cheese his life by being just someone that's average beat by being someone. That's that's I I can I say this you you know lucky person so to speak a lot of people always say that about connor right. He's lucky or you know. They promoted him on. He got he fights right place the right time them. That guy's earning everything he's done in his life in this career and is going to continue to work hard just the way he did it to get to that point of his life and career to cheeses next phase of his life in career. And I think that this is GonNa be Great. I want to learn learn so much. He's evolved so much right so I'm just really excited. That he kicked off season in in in such great fashion. I Yeah I mean it's forty second forty second. Finish against such a legend in cowboys. Sharoni you know to add yet another record to his career. I'm just excited. You know so here. We are fight to season and rightfully so and and the train doesn't stop for you. Guys Chris cyborg making her debut. This Saturday that's a huge fight against Julia. Budd so get ready for that and feel better voice back for that big one audie appreciate the time very much. Thank you thank you. I don't think I don't think I'm going to get my voice. Unfortunately I I fly. I fly home tonight and then that's starting to fight with them super excited. She's getting ready to make history no way so she's able to to Hugh achieve what she's been working at a tail off to win this battle belt. She'll be the first one mixed martial artists in the sports history to be a grand prix champion so at the end of the day You know having having belts in all different major promotions a lot her career. It's just something that she's going to be able to continue that her career as well so I'm up so excited. Her congrats to you in the team. Ati Thank you very much for doing this. Thank you errol all all right. We'll talk to you soon. There he is Auditor President of Paradigm Sports Management. Now there was only one proper way to pardon the PUN end. Today's program it's with Conor McGregor is longtime. I'm head coach. Friend the man who has been by his side throughout this entire journey from day one in mixed martial arts and of course he was by his side Saturday night in Las Vegas because he was in his corner watching that quote unquote beautiful destruction of Donald. Sironi John How are you what does that. What are we going? Great Nice Smile. You seem to be in great spirits. Congratulations to you in the by the way what was being a good weekend I bet it was. I bet it was beautiful destruction. Was that what you had in mind pretty much. What pretty much what I saw? So Oh yeah I couldn't be happier. Couldn't be happier and I really enjoyed my minorities interview there. Yeah sounds a bit rough. Yes that's but Yeah we're we're all join ourselves. We we Christmas was postponed this year. Everybody he kept their. Everybody kept ahead down. Everybody kept working hard so for it to pay off and get a good result like that is is very rewarding. Can I ask ask you now. In retrospect what was the game plan was it to come out. That quickly was it even maybe missed the shot and then have him hit the head. What was the game plan? How much of this did you orchestrate? You know the the the thing about ring road as they call it. Am I not too worried about that. We Connor honor in in any area. But there is there is if you haven't competed in a long time that the desire for engagement does the desire for the first contacts. I can can sometimes be a little bit overwhelming and I think that's what happened like even walking towards the cage and he kind of started to run a little bit to the cage. You we know that somebody. That's going to be very Tuesday for the first contact so Yeah I ask them afterwards about. It wasn't really plan. He just saw him and he just wanted that first. Contact that first engagement little bit over-excited and fantastic reactions from Donald slip onto that. And then even more fantastic reaction an incredible feat of athleticism. A tweet it out. I thought it was actually the most impressive thing about the fight was how quickly he changed from showing punch to hipping in sprawling in to defend. Take down because it was something to To See a reminded me of Frank Shamrock back in the day getting on an ego for the for the big slam finish just did the level of lettuce system required for that was very very impressive. In have you ever seen connor throw the shoulder strikes like that. Is that something that you actually work on. Oh Yeah Yeah Yeah. That's that's been going on for for for For for the last year or so Yeah GimMe GimMe Gimme chosen to. Yeah I it's is the first time I've seen them to that level of effectiveness. Did they seem to cause a lot of damage. Obviously inspiring into Jim. You're you're you're not drawing shots with as much force to to to do that meant to damage but when they're separated on sell what the Donna was I was pleased. Connor said before the the no maybe make up for lost time. Maybe you know. Get a couple rounds and things like that. Did you see any scenario where this can go past the second round. Did you feel like you know especially after getting a sense for the week and and how he was feeling and how Donald was that this was going to be. Yeah Pretty Quick One. Well you know you and I had a few off camera that conversation of this I. I wouldn't be surprised for it to go and late because Donald's has shown in the past the ability to absorb a lot of punishment which meant that I am kind of drag fights into intimate around I did say repeatedly that I taught. This was gonna be the best Um conor McGregor of all time. But I didn't know it was going to be that good I didn't know is going to be this good version of him and he just really has seemed so reached a different level of lenses now than he's ever had in his career when he was always incredibly always had an incredibly high fight. You you and I know that seems to be married to a Olympic level of athleticism. And it's it's a so much terrifying and fantastic at the same time so that being said does that mean you WanNa see him stick around one seventy that good without the way cut why bother going to one fifty five and yeah obviously unless the unless the title I said that I I don't see the reason for him to court. Wait unless Thursday a significant has to be a belt. Underline what why would he do So yeah stay this way. Don't don't don't don't don't go away. And then the big comes along then shed the last fifteen sounds. I don't know if there's anything more to this but I noticed in in the post fight interview you're actually in the background. You kneel down to the ground and you were just kind of leaning you know against the cage there and it looked like it was almost like you're you're you're breathing out a little bit. Do you remember that area. I in what were you thinking that it was almost like you. Were just taking a step back as much as you could go back in the cage and just looking around and taking it all in after this This crazy journey. You remember remember that moment. You remember what you were thinking. In that moment. Yeah yes you did this time last year. If you've said that's what was GonNa what happened. I don't know what to believe that I would have. I would have loved to believe A. I don't know if it's being at twenty nineteen for number burris ins professionally stuff going on parents and he buy Com who was a rough year at so it just. I just had to take a moment just to appreciate all all happening and now that one mental off for for more than just winning a fight did you have a moment with. Connor may be in the locker room at the at the at the after party. Where you guys got to talk about everything you've been through an had to overcome to get this moment You know he's he's he's swamped after host. Fight you guys all on interviews. And he's being pulled in one hundred different directions but he needed a day they squeeze and say happy birthday downs for you. That's right what birthday I was going to get to that. What a what? A birthday present few January eighteen to experience that and and be on my birthdays. That's right the first one. Dennis seaver in in Boston five years ago. This one obviously a big John. Look you guys back in the day since day. One to be by his side. It's a IT'S A. It's a pretty amazing thing. It really is and so two. Now you know like I said the Audi- everyone's everyone's like okay. What's next what's next? What do you actually think it's conceivable that he can return before the summer before summer? Be Very surprised if he he wasn't gonNA compete before this summer. Oh Wow I wait. What have you heard? No I have the missile. No you say very surprised. So it's not even like yeah that's what you want but you're saying yeah. Yeah Okay I love it. Talk of March and March or April Lake. So I don't know what this is before. The summer have definitely definitely going to be competing before the summer. What I what I think would be would make sense? Was that we we get ready. You've we prepare for the April fight me avow. If one of those guys is unfortunate enough to not be able to make to walk that we're ready to go and then if that's not there if the if the if the guys make schedule one within a few weeks ago in a few weeks of April fight and then you're kind of on the same timeline as those guys for a fight and a couple of months after who would you like to see him fight. If it's not those guys just engage at one seventy that would be my personal preference really. Why because does he's another lightweight but why have the nitrogen has to cooperate and and you know that's the goal careful in my words here? The kind of vision is getting that one fifty five pound belt bags. So it's a step towards doc. Okay because You know the the fans seem to want Mas Vidal sure and who knows it could be that am I just if you're just asking sure sure my opinion and my desire that would be It'll be audience audience on Connor and UFC that make those decisions. I'll just being in the background with the With the State Book it could I ask them because I think this is a real thing. He was in such great spirits last week. Right I mean it was really amazing to see him and I think this is a real thing that needs to be brought up you book against just engage. He we know who just engaged. She's as manager is and we know how he feels about. Just engage his manager and he talked about in the press coverage. Isn't there fear that we get off track again and these bad feelings come up and it just comes venomous again. The Habib stuff. Don't we want to try to stay away from that. Maybe I'm wrong. Is there any of that. That's a concern was always risk right life. You know bed in the morning Ayubi smacked by a bus. Like there's always risk but we're moving forward and putting our energy and our focus on ourselves we've always had great results wenders being no opponent when it's being they're all the same we. We've we've heard those phrases and that's what they hope to continue and not the focus on what other people are doing and where people trying to go to reaction or people trying to distract us that we we just. We're just working away. Jim We have the team is. The team is even tighter now than it's ever been we have. We have a really good team go now. And you know the criminal boxing lads back on onboard nail. And it's it's a feeler in a really special time. So that's that's going to be. The focus is what we're doing now. Why anybody else's saying saying around anybody else's doing fair enough? He told me when we sat down after party Saturday night off Sunday. He's back to training Monday. Has He trained yet or is that still so the plan is he gonNA be training today. Z. Going ex you were we were chatting yesterday about about going to the Pi about going to the gym mm-hmm last night at didn't happen but we were talking about a few teams in the fight and say l.. Let's go down to the gym But yeah he's GonNa be he he'll be back in. I imagine we'll do something either today or tomorrow. Yeah is there any plan. As far as you're concerned as has. He said he wants to be active because when he's active he doesn't lose focus. So how do we keep the same energy right where he's sober leading up to the fine. We're not drinking. We're not miss communicating or not knock communicating. How do we keep? How do we replicate? What just happened for all the other fights it by having good systems? That's that's what I voltaire yourself about. I've been good systems. That not too. Not too focused on goals not focused on this fighter on this date because you can kind of say well. Let's Mansue so we can do this. We can do that but focusing on systems and the systems that have worked very well over the last year is having a structure is having set training. Times is living life a certain way and it's at getting giving us great rewards so it's a case of keeping index going and just sticking to stick into two systems. That's that's twenty twenty systems. I know this is somewhat of a subjective question but is it possible if all that actually you know stays in place and he does remain focus is a possible at the twenty twenty version of Conrad could be better than Twenty fifteen twenty sixteen version of him. Do you believe that or not said this. ooh This is not. This is not a return to the today. To the Eddie Alvarez Conor McGregor although Conor McGregor this is a new and improved improved and better version debt athletes. You saw on there for all all too short. A time unfortunately is a a is a is a better conor McGregor. This is not this is not a return this is just a better version and we're in for room for in for for some good times. Wow It's was any point last week where you're like this is going to well. Yes yes yes saying this at this everything. I seem to touch last week. We're actually you know. I think a playing the lottery is is attack some people that don't understand statistic so I don't don't do it but we're going to play the lottery because everything just to go perfectly right. It couldn't be better for everybody. He was getting on the team. The you know it was my dirty weekend or some stuff in my personal life. It just everything just to seem to turn gold so the Laura would marry me but beside I tried to bring her down to delay chapel after to win but she wasn't having out of perfect sight refusing might fifty seven's proposal and it's it's a yeah I don't know this is where I feel. My Life is very weird arrigo actually my life. Even last night we got the you know the black rifle. Royal coffee them randomly yesterday. My my second best show him. Does that a great day with him. I'm off now to drive a tank O on Lever Enough and and and shoot some big guns like do you like the Americans to do and yeah. I don't know I'm waiting for something to go wrong but hopefully not right and to that point. You're taking selfies with Tony. Robbins happens in the cage after conor fight of all people town. Tony isn't that amazing. How how big of an influence was he in this in this training camp You know he or I'm going to be honest and say I didn't know much about that world I'd seen clips of it and I thought it was a little bit of American kind of nonsense and put that mine as a genuinely great Paris first news just to be around people that have gone through. He told me a little bit about his personal life on. And how we are we. Are we got to where he was today. And when you're when you're around people that have re achieve greatness true the the only ingredient that matters nuts raw hard work it only it only lifts you only gives you a boost so or kind of knew where you know some of the techniques. He was working with some of the His his gift was is visualization station. abilities but he's Tony's up taking note level he's had to give him a different a different language. Different vocabulary to us in that world. And it's it's it's great and we only did it for a couple of weeks and another Guy Brad. redwoods him Jim Ryan Bradley from the The forty niners. He is a or. Did you call a postal breeding. Kinda coach coach. Antoni brought him as well and we've only worked with him two weeks and I. I felt there was a difference already in that. So thank you very much. Tony Umbro Brian Were that's going to continue on true. Twenty twenty now on on things are only going to get us my big takeaway see what happens when you come on the show Monday. You get the victory Monday the fight you see. I'm making mistakes but I don't repeat the Mario you see. I'm trying to tell you so happy. It's a moment for just one quick message. Yes I'm the besting I taught about. The fight was conner's ability to change from showing punched hip in in For sprawl and that's because he has a fast brain FIS brain as a fast fighter and connors. Always being very mindful of Harry's protected to this head in in training and in of competition this competition but most fighters you only going to a couple of times a year and I was a lot of. I got a huge dramatic messages in my inbox from. You're going to become a fighter. If there's one thing I would want to pass on will be to look after your head. Keep the head contact light. Keep the head contact like minimal because your best attribute is you have a fast brain because as soon as you if you get damaged. They're on your unable to react to things quickly. Forget yeah all lifting weights. Forget all martial arts techniques. It's all gone so fast. Brain firefighter look after your head. Well said great way to end it. Thank you so much coach you know. I don't take these moments for granted. I know you guys get hit up by everyone so I really appreciate you know the Monday of Fight Week and afterwards and then you could do a lot like drive tanks around Las Vegas. I guess so. I appreciate the time very much happy birthday. To and congratulations to you. The entire team on an amazing special night on Saturday night. Thank so much great chatting to you. All right we'll talk soon. John Thank you so much to him. Thank you so much to audience well for coming on and again congrats to the team Things are just a little more interesting interesting again like I said. Connor is around when he's fighting actively and when he's winning it gets even more interesting. You see the kind of buzz generated on Saturday. You see the kind of attention you see the sporting corning world stopping when he fights. You're a liar if you cover the sport or if you are a fan of the sport if you say otherwise that's not being you you know a fan boy. That's not being biased. That's just facts. And there's other people who fall into that category as well when John Jones fights absolutely but it's just a little different and when connor fights and you saw that again on Saturday and it was good to see that again so we are done. It's been a fun day. It's been a crazy week. Holy smokes like like a whole whirlwind but I loved every second of it loved covering it and I want to thank all of you for watching our stuff downloading stuff Tuning into our stuff listening to through our stuff got to do to radio shows last week in Vegas. It was just great in everyone who works on the team here. There's so many people you see me and you know bread and then the hosts up so many people who were fine scenes and they all deserve all the all the credit it's it's an amazing team to be a part of him very proud and honored to be a part of it and I'm looking forward to now more talk about what's next for Conran when he can return that sophomore but for now we shall say goodbye. What a fun date has been on the program? Happy Happy Martin. Luther King Junior Day to all of you. Thank you very much to Roxanne. Mata fairy congratulations to her. Thank you very much to Kevin. Lee What an appearance. That was. Thank you very much to Michael. Go get the book out tomorrow. quitters never win. Thank you very much to Giggle for hair. Thank you very much to holly home. Brian Kelleher congrats to him. Congrats to Ju- Dober- thank you very much to whore. Hey Mazal as always thank you congrats to audio tar and of course John Cavanaugh. If you miss anything check it out. 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You stop shouldering the face because it doesn't hurt that you notice for him as well wearing your research you rope hug about Bologna over differen- Orleans warehouse coats watching the soaps like the soap opera. Shows like many ways that this grandma already latest grandma with the shoes of faith. Are you a model as well. You have like the technique down Pat. I'm interested anywhere can make money outside of getting punched in the mouth WHO's Monir Connor. I make considerable larger Patriot with the person who say it's all potatoes and tomatoes. Leaner saying I wouldn't. I would take a lot. More pleasure in dismantling blue's myspace conduct it. Sounds like you're kind of moving on. I'm not going to see him. Nobody nobody mentioned WANNA fight by BAPTIZING GONNA go to fifty five.

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Episode 54: Faber, Shevchenko, Ortiz, GDR, Hall, Coker, Hardy, more

Five Rounds with Brett Okamoto

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Episode 54: Faber, Shevchenko, Ortiz, GDR, Hall, Coker, Hardy, more

"Today's episode of Area Hawaii's M._A.. Show contains explicit language that may not be suitable for all audiences listener discretion is advised them to <music> back in your life on this Monday July fifteenth two thousand and nineteen everyone. I'm area WHO WANNA welcome back to the show hope you had a lovely weekend would an interesting one. It was in the world. The mixed martial arts four of the top promotions all had events. Usually I hate this sort of thing but this particular weekend was great because none of them were happening at the same time very rare. Does that happen we had P._F.. Bill Thursday night. We had one championship Friday morning. We had Bella tour Friday night and then of course you have see this past Saturday in Sacramento and that was the big story your favor coming back first time fighting in around two and a half years and yes I will say right now mea culpa I will say I didn't like this fight. I was critical of this fight. It's not that I thought your I would get smoked by Ricky Simone something. I thought he couldn't hang as I mean. I thought he could win the fight. I just didn't I think the fight made sense on two fronts on the front that you know if you're having faber comeback in Sacramento might as well just give them like a really Gimme fight and by the way the oddsmakers agreed with me because he was a plus three twenty five going into the fight and also simone. I mean in this particular regard if you have favor beat him. You have a situation where it's like. Oh everyone expected. You'd be this guy because he's not a household name is really good but he's not a household name. In the end. What happened your favorite wins and forty six seconds? He wins via. T._K._O.'s like the old W._c.. Today's it's like we turn back the clock. It was magical that was the fastest finish of his career of his illustrious career. Amazing all of a sudden the guys like twenty five all over again a beautiful moment great win for him. Now he's going back and forth with Henry Pseudo. Oh and that's fun and we can talk about that later by the way gave you all my thoughts about all this on e._S._p._N.. Dot Com right now you can check those out if you're interested but that was of note and it wore my heart I will admit I was sauce by my heart failure. I think we all do a hall of Famer. He's a great guy. He's always been great to the media and it was just really cool to see him. Get that moment in Sacramento and then we had the main event Germain randomly defeating Aspen ladd in sixteen seconds tied for the second fastest finish in women's bantamweight history and this this was unfortunate on two fronts in my opinion number one. It was controversial. It was an early stoppage in my opinion. I think her dean is one of the best but I think he's had a pretty bad run as of late and I think referees fighters and I think sometimes confidence attendance comes into play and I think confidence is in great right now and I think he jumped in a little too soon now. Did he jump in because of how bad aspen looked on the scale on Friday. We'll never know did aspen lad take that punch as poorly as she did because she look on the scale. We'll never know but what's unfortunate about it is it was premature but even if it was premature it took away from Germain's moment and Germaine needs a moment like that. She needed a moment like that. She needs more moments like that. In order to help people forget about her her two thousand seventeen remember when she beat Holly Home Controversy Remember when she vacated the title instead of fighting Chris Cyborg she needs to get back in the people's good graces that I don't think she got that opportunity because of the controversy and it's unfortunate 'cause that was a great punch and she deserves a lot of praise for doing that to Aspen ladd who was undefeated going into that fight. I hope lad reassess the things I hope we see her test. The waters at one forty five. It's very shallow. She could be a top contender. There that that's seen on the scale was just really scary and it was it was disturbing to watch and I know she's been going through some personal things I know. Her grandfather passed away. It's tough to watch a fight or go through that and then have to fight and I know the California State Athletic Commission is one of the best in the sport and I know that they did everything they could to determine whether or not she was fit to fight and they did determine in that. They checked her out Friday afternoon. They are Friday night. They checked out Saturday afternoon. It just scared watching that she takes a punch down and goes down. You can't help but think was there correlation so anyway. Those are the big talking points. There's plenty more to discuss. We will discuss it throughout the show great night for team Alpha Male. I believe they went foreign to overall and then of course you have sees back this weekend. In San Antonio with a great card headlined by Leon Edwards Versus Huffily Los Angeles so let me run today's lineup and then we'll get to a I guess of the damn very excited to talk to this man because he had a great night on Saturdays. Well Greg Greg Hardy joins us at four o'clock. He returns gets one Adams this Saturday that should be interesting because one has been poking him for even longer than this fight was announced. He's been poking at him for over a year. So I'm curious to see how hardy deals with all all that Valentina Shevchenko Return to Action on August tenth we spoke to live Scaramucci opponent recently will get her take on things and we'll talk to her. At around two forty five your I favor will join us at two twenty five that should be a lot of fun and I will offer my mea culpa and we'll talk to him about what's next in that great moment in Sacramento Juliana Painter return for the first time in two and a half years. She's a mom now. She wanted gets nickel Montana that was great and a typical Pena fight kind of dirty kind of sluggish at times but she did which do now five and one in the A._F._C. Germain random you will join us at around two forty five. I'm looking forward to that. Tito Ortiz is back in the news. He is going to fight Alberto del Rio. Yes those junior. I gave you my thoughts on that last last week in Ireland the bad guy we'll talk to him. At two twenty five Scott Coker will join us with some news to break at two Oh five so that should be fun. The aforementioned Alex Hernandez is going to join us one forty five and we'll talk to him about his upcoming. We fight against Francisco Tornado. Ryan Hall had a great win on Saturday. We'll talk to him about that performance in Sacramento and why people still can't seem to appreciate who he is and what he does in there. He's undefeated in his last. I think eight fights undefeated the first man to submit B._J.. Penn all that and more we'll talk to him about all that and in a matter of moments I think we are trying to connect with one Andre Touchy feely who had a great performance. Let me see what Corporate Jacobs being here okay reconnecting Audrey feely obviously a member of team Alpha male one of the rising stars. There has looked good as of late had a great win on Saturday over Shamar is of very passionate passionate win. There was a lot of emotion involved jumped over the cage looked very good in that performance in fact he had a great short interview with you have see news after the fight where he talked about his father. WHO's I've been in jail for the last seventeen years and was granted parole to come see his son compete in the A._F._c. for the first time and so to perform like that in front of his dad is pretty incredible so I'm looking forward to talking to Andre feely whenever we are able to connect with with him I kind of went through the line of quickly? There and I'm not even sure if I gave you the right times but you get the picture at this point. I'm very much looking forward to Ryan Hall because Ryan Hall like I don't understand how people still l.. Don't appreciate Your Ryan Hall. He's like he's so different. He's so unique but his style is fun like he's not just going in there and laying in praying. He's got a different style. Not everyone is for him. Mazda doll well not everyone is Francis and guy knew how do you not see beauty and what Ryan Hall does and by the way he's going for unorthodox submissions he's not very. I don't think he's conservative at all. I think he's fun. I think every promotion needs a Ryan Hall. Also I'm looking forward to catching up with him later and I'm curious to hear what Mr Scott Coker has to say about some upcoming news belt or had an event on Fridays. Well Julia Budd was victorious another fighter who a somewhat flies into the radar. I would argue. She's maybe the second or third best women's featherweight in the world and she's the Bell Tower Women's featherweight champion chilling has two losses on her resume one to Ronda Rousey in her first year and then also to Amanda Nunez also in her first year. She's a fighter who's come a very long way and she looked great in that main event on Friday and Thacker Villes so perhaps we'll talk to Scott Coker about her as well but for now let us not waste any more time time and say hello to the man who was victorious on Saturday against Shame Rice my old pal Andre Touchy feely. It's been awhile Andrei. How are you my man? I lost my voice a little bit so I'm GonNa do my best here for you. I'm wondering otherwise been so long that I've been on the show my feelings a little hurt. Oh my okay well. I'm sorry about that. You should feel bad about that and you should give me crap about that but let's turn the page here. It's a great time to be Andre feely and I'm happy to have you back by the way why did you lose your voice. What were you doing? I was yelling for my friends all night. They kept winning fights so I kept jumping around the yelling. It's really just for just from the the fights itself not from like the the post fight celebrations <hes> or there's there was post fight. Celebrations remind fight a lot of yelling and then there was a Lotta yelling my friends frights and there was a lot of young at the after party okay and there's a lot of and then there was a lot of yelling at the after party after the Party yes and there was a lot of yellow yesterday at the barbecue which was the real after party with all my close friends and family so now is Monday and this is where I'm at well. I'm impressed. It's like ten o'clock over there in in Sacramento. I'm happy that you're up and able to do this after all that celebrating because you guys certainly had a lot to celebrate. Would you say thus far in your career. Very young career career was at the best weekend thus far yeah might have been the best week in my life man. <hes> obviously feels good to win feels good to finish it feels good to to get a knockout especially in my hometown town in this brand new arena that the city built but but it also like obviously feels good to win but man then to see a guy like Josh Emmett who's a good friend of mine teammate brother-in-arms she has ups and downs and have him come into a fight where you know like he had so much as much as I had on the line as much as it meant to me it also meant to him and it also meant to favorite to see these guys that I got a lot of love for that. I train with a look up to see their struggles in and out every day like people don't understand how much it takes just to get to the fight. You know like people think fighting stuff man. You should see what it takes to get to the fight you know and so that you see all their hard work pay they offer these dudes who who got a lot of love for you know and and to have this energy in the room and have Sacramento everybody just to get this reason to celebrate man it was it was beautiful. You know <hes> it. It was beautiful man. I'm I'm so thankful to be a part of it yeah one of those nights. I'm sure the team will always remember and it was great to see you know one guy after the next come up and for the most part all of you did great and now's your I finish since November of two thousand fifteen does feel a little different for you. You get that release you get that moment. You're able to jump out of the cage and celebrate. It feels like it's been awhile since we saw you in that kind of light yeah. I always thought of myself as a finisher. It's weird to think that is weird to think that <hes> I haven't finished since over fifteen. I gotta go back can check. I'm sure you're right but always myself. Finisher on every side of every fight I've ever been is exciting like I've never been in a boring fight win or lose <hes> and yet I you know fighting's chaos so you always want that finish. You always want to finish but sometimes it doesn't come you know when it does it. It feels the best feeling in the world man when you finish when when when you get that knockout nothing like it man is nothing like knock out <hes> especially in the honest level I think for a while I've really made a lot of improvements in my stand up over the past couple of years of in my in my game in general have made a lot of improvements in my game and now used to be real reckless and I started being a little more reserved and really focus in on my technique and really sharpening things. I feel like I found the balance where I'm sharp. I'm cold. Them calculated my fight instincts my fight I._Q.. They're all super high now. I feel sharp. I feel Chris but I'm also the same kid I was when I was nineteen twenty one eight years old just trying to get in a violent fistfight. You know so I feel like I've really found that balance. I saw afterwards. I think you were talking to the local A._B._C.. Affiliate where you said leading up to this fight for the past couple of months you were telling everyone would end that way invasion this. Why is that and is that typical for you and I just feel like I've really I've hit this new level man like I've been I've been fighting since I can remember like I should pro at eighteen or nineteen I was training by fourteen or fifteen like on ever wanted to do is fight man like all I've ever wanted to do is fight <hes> but for a long time I focus on the physical side of things which is obviously important? We're fighting. We're fist fighting. It's fiscal but there's also a huge mental aspect of fighting and there's also a spiritual aspect of fighting and I feel like I neglected those parts for a long time and now now I do mental coaching. I do obviously Ashley my physical training and also do things for my spirit. You know like I feel I don't WanNa get too hippy or to like now. Get hippie. I feel I feel like for a long time. My Spirit was kind of sick man <hes> and and now I feel like as hard as I'm training physically. I'm also doing things for my mental state. I'm doing things for my for my spirit from my soul man like I feel like I feel mentally emotionally physically spiritually just everything that I feel I feel feel. The Best of <unk> felt just turned twenty nine. I feel better I've ever felt man <hes>. I feel like I'm right at that perfect spot where I've been doing this long enough where I have a real world experience but I'm still young enough to where like I'm growing every damn I'm getting better still and it's just a beautiful thing man. I'm very thankful for where I'm at and I'm thankful for the people who put up with me and help me get to where I'm at and more good things are coming. Could you tell us why you felt your your spirit was sick and how you're able to turn that around. I don't know like I don't WanNa blame not anything else. I don't want to blame it or it's hard to pin it down. I think it's just a just a probably a lot of factors the way I grew up this shit you see growing up just a things you hold onto <hes> and my motiv- motivation probably different for for for this and other people I think a lot of fighters they looked himself in the mirror and they go on the greatest thing ever and they really loved themselves and they really enjoy looking at themselves and they've enjoyed that. There's just there's a certain kind of guy takes a certain kind of personality to fight with that. There's a lot of guys who who really are big. Fans ends themselves for me for a long time. I don't like what I see in the mirror like I don't. I don't really like myself much on like when I was young. Fighting was this thing where it was like it was almost as much about self destruction as it was self-improvement was like Yeah I love winning. I love making money but I like to fight. I like the chaos I like the violence I like these things and so it was almost sort of this negative mindset whereas like there was just a lot of negativity in anger in all these things and now no. I'm still angry. I still WANNA go fight. I still like I still like getting in fistfights but I've like I enjoy it like I embrace this chaos in. It's it's a beautiful thing to provide for the people around me and I I get I get to do it. I love every day it's like it's not a negative thing. It's the positive thing man like I feel like I found that balance. You know I found a balance of of of you can be angry. You can fight you can get in fistfights everyday but then you can still be appreciative and positive you can still love the people around you and you can still can still enjoy your life you know and that's where I'm at right now like I'm like I'm like in the eye of that storm. You know like all this chaos all this fighting all this all this this intensity that comes with fighting and I'm writing the right in the eye of the storm Nice and calm and controlled troll than enjoying it so I saw this clip after the fight where you spoke to you have seen news and you were talking to them about your father I not I not heard the story before you have not seen your dad prior to Saturday in seventeen years your father or is currently in jail and he is that accurate <hes> yeah I actually so yeah I mean you basically got it. I saw my dad. When I was twelve years old? I saw him for about two hours. When I was twenty three years years old and I begin till today and I'm twenty nine years old so I I've seen my dad once since I was twelve years old while and I'm Ama- twenty nine year old man and he just got out of prison and his parole Oh agent was was cool enough to say he told he told his <unk> was fighting and his Roy said I've got three days so he flew in Friday? Watch my fight Saturday and you left early early Sunday. He flew in late Friday wash my fight Saturday and the flew out early Sunday and so the first time I had seen my dad basically the first realtime. I've got to like see my dad since I was twelve year. Old Kid was at a dinner right before my fight the night before my fight so yes it was weird. It was like a lot of emotion and weird. You know it's like yeah. Life's crazy brother yeah. It was a trip man but but like I said like I'm GonNa handle the situation different a year ago six months ago two years ago pick a time. You know it might have been different put. I'm just in this place now on this way blank now where it's just like. It's all good things like the universe provides you take as it comes in and you just appreciative of you know like I just this appreciative of what when did your dad get out of jail like three months ago. Okay maybe four or five months. Who actually do you mind if I ask why he was there now? I can't really speak on that okay fair enough. Did you know he was coming not to not a couple of weeks before the fight right yeah. Wow that's an did he tell you why he wanted to was this just as first opportunity. That's why this was the chance for his first chance you know just as <hes> just I chance to <hes> Giga. Did you feel like in the hours leading up to the fight. Were you thinking about them. A Lot. You know as a kid you always want to do in front of your parents. This one obviously much different circumstance. Did you feel like I gotta go in there and impress my dad. It's not going to impress my dad but you know just sorta is just another name on the list of people that you WanNa like you WanNa give that moment to you know where you win the fight. It's not just you winning the fight. It's it's everyone in the arena last night. It was all Sacramento Sacramento. We all when I'm running. When I hopped over that fence it was like the entire we all just one? We all just landed that kick. We all just learned that that that Short Right Uppercut we all just learned that ground pound we all get to celebrate the this this whole arena on so him big news was was was definitely a plus you like and you know the way I grew up to Kinda guy that he is like you're not going to be my acid per my dad or my little sisters or or my or my friends I grew up with scrapping scrounging and trying to survive now. My friends basically raised each other. You know wasn't a hell of a lot of soup adult supervision growing up email so my friends. We basically raise each other. You know so. It's like my friends. Are there. My Dad's their imams their little sisters. They're like like I got to win this fight and let me my people proud you know and I mean why people. What did he say to you after the fight he's he just gave me a hug? He told me love meet. You know <hes> she can imagine he's not like overly emotional or a yeah I mean it wasn't like a lot of words you know and they didn't really need to be just gave me a hug man that hug he told me love me in the dome. I loved him and got to sort of share that moment where we all got to win together and it was cool. You know like it was the biggest thing you know the biggest trip like when Mike when my parents met. They were just kids in high school like like I'm ten years older than I than my parents were when they had me my parents were kids man and so like as I grew up my mom was almost it's like finishing growing up you know like me and my mom was like almost a kid at one point when I was a kid I remember my mom being very young like I remember my mom and dad both being very young like have memories of my parents being way younger than I actually am right now. Sorry Super Loud here. No bronze I have a I have memories of my parents being younger than I am right now and so then to see both of my parents today at right like forty seven years old you know and they're sitting together enjoying a fight like with my little sister's. It's weird cool crazy thing you know like like to see my parents who met at like a continuation high school and they were a a decade younger than I am right now and for them to be middle aged people with my two little sisters watching the fight is just like a weird man is I will. It's weird funny. It's like <hes> it's yeah. The whole experience was this was Rodman and and it was in Sacramento so it makes it better. Are you hopeful that you will have a relationship with your dad now that he's out and then we text. We talked a little bit like I feel like when you when you raise you grow up the way I grew up you grew up to where I grew up and you start to sell out here. Give me one second no problem. It'll pass. Is this your all your listeners all your listeners. The what is that. Is that a garbage truck resign. The timing was perfect. Oh yeah can you tell them. We're on the air. I mean really how room I know. I'm kidding yeah so I mean when you grew up when you grew up like you have a relationship with your parents. It's almost more like you know. My Mom is my mom my dad my dad but at this point my mom's sort of become like one of my best friends you know like you have a relationship patients who were like she still young. I'm still young you know and the relationship just different when you're raised by young parents you know when you're raised in a broken home. When you're raised the way I grew up like the shit that we went through when we're young like the relationships different so when my dad now we're cool? We're cool like seeing him. Do Good makes me happy and I want him to do. Well and I would like to see him again. It was cold. We got to share that moment together and yeah. It's all good things but the relationship is different when you when you grew up the way I grew up you know it's like you know more like me and my mom is one of my best friends you know and and it's a funny thing. I Bet I can't imagine what was going through your mind and then of course your mentor the Leader of the team Faber comes back in Sacramento and wins like that. Where were you when he did that? And how did you react to that victory. I was in the Green Room with my girlfriend and Benita Lopez Mellow Bro who just one on the same card in a and a couple other people men and we will just go wild. We're going. We are going ape shit man Dan can I can. I see the families have family shows are now. We're we're going crazy. We're going crazy man. I love that guide. How do you not love your favorite? I mean I know I'm sure there. The people out there that don't put price has more about you than than it says a guy that guy <hes> raised us in your I invested in me when there really wasn't much worth investing in and <hes> due to see him get that Landon and especially the way he got that win against the tough kid against the against a undefeated prospect against the up encumbered it that just trying to make his name off them with just boom there it is cleo dude and I mean it was incredible you couldn't you couldn't write it better you know if it was a movie you can write a better. You know one thing that I've talked about on the passes says I love how every opportunity he gets favor shouts you guys out. He didn't in the cage after the fight I remember he did when he lost the brow 169. I was talking about T._J.. I saw him in Vegas cornering song and he's getting ready for his own fight like he always like the week before the week before. It's insane is he. What is he like when the cameras aren't on because we only know the public your favorites you the same way as he always taking like you're preparing for your fight? Is he doing that same sort of thing as he's preparing for his own as the same guy he's the same guy when the camera's on I I remember when I first started training with them and starting to really go out in the first couple of Vegas chips with the team or ultimate fighter. Whatever like we go out and we'd have somewhere to be like we'd be running late somewhere and favorite stop every single person he gets warm every person who wanNA picture picture every person who one autograph got autograph and got to the point where other people had to pull him away because he was he was going to WHO's GonNa get? He was going to give every fan that energy in the time that they wanted like he he just <hes> yeah man he just he's just he's the general man he he loves the team but he really loves the team and he loves the people around him and he has like a real understanding that that I feel like it's been passed on to us you know and it's something that I try to try to try to remember and and try to carry on is that it's it's it's bigger than you. It's not a besides it's about. It's not really about you like like it's it's bigger than you like. It's about it's about all of us. It's about the team's about the city. It's about it's about creating something that lives on when you're gone you know and that's that's the thing you look at it. <music> all trickles down from him man like you see this guy started this team. Then you go into practice you go into Jitsu Monday night coming to practice you have favor of all the all the first generation guys have all the second generation guys like me and no love they'll be in there Chris Holdsworth all this guys will be in there and then you have you'll have the next a younger generation of guys and then you have kids who who who wrestled college or or who wrestled Sacramento high school and they'll come into rounds and you'll have guys who wrestled in calls with a favor and they now they own businesses in Sacramento and they'll bring their kids into the kids classes you too and you have like all this big extended family man. It's like it's bigger. It's even bigger than fighting man. It's bigger than favorites bigger than any of us is bigger than fighting. It's something to it's a family dynasty. It's it's something special view. It's a beautiful thing man and it all comes from his attitude. Do you want the best way for like long story short the best the best way I could describe favor there was it was a situation where you know there was there's another fighter not from our team but there was another fighter who was hanging around the situation with a bunch of fighters and a guy came in and you know he wasn't a fighter and so one of these guys didn't really treat him with a lot of respect turns out the guy that came in it wasn't a fighter was a was a sponsor and had a lot of money and was looking you can forget it for fire to sponsor and he didn't sponsor the fighter who is addicted to him because he was addicted to them. You know and the fighter the other fighter goes well. I didn't know I don't know that's the guy was supposed to be cool to on favorite was just like no man your favorite Steph. It was like dude like you're supposed to be cool. Everybody doesn't matter like it's not about being cool to the sponsor. It's about being cool you just you just be cool to everyone and then everything works out and that that that encapsulates favorites like if you don't be called the Guy Hi who's going to sponsor you. You know be cool the guy that can help you out like you just be cool everyone. Do you want to Netflix show I mean I don't WanNa see him. Fight militia. I WanNa see I wanna see your favorite do good. I want to see him. Get what he's old. I WanNa see I wanna see I wanNA see all my people do do good make every <unk> every dollar they can make every every ounce of fame they can squeeze out of the game on all the good things happen to my people man so that's the big fight cool. If Henry big fight that's cool. I would love to see Joseph and Henry again as well yeah. I want all my brothers to do good man L. Volley opportunities come to them. You know I sa I got to say I. I don't have any like personal thing where I wanna see this. Dude lose or this like now like I just want. I want to do good on my boys and most fight I hope so yeah no I understand where you're coming from and I respected greatly. I'm just curious most importantly did you have pizza Saturday night and if so yeah crushed crushed it what kind of tie or a simple guy on MICA pepperoni black olive guy like simple. I ordered a couple two hundred dollars worth of pizza yesterday at my barbecue yeah I was it was gone down all right well. I won't be offended that I that I wasn't invited because it's been a while since you've been on my show but yeah I mean if you're if you start inviting me. I'll start okay okay fair enough all right. We're back. We're back. I'm so happy for you man congratulations that was a great moment well done. I'm happy you had that moment of your family as well and keep it up and I hope you get that fight in San Francisco that you're looking for as well. Thank you brother or shake all right. We'll talk to you soon there. He is Andre Hey touchy. feely what a great guy what a great story so thoughtful loved what he had to say about his spirit and what he's had to overcome that was really great stuff so that was one of the good stories on Saturday another one that I spoke about at the top of the show Ryan Hall was back in action. He defeated Darren in Elkins and I told you I loved every minute of it. I'm a big Fan of Ryan Hall fights and I'm happy that he's kind enough to join us on this Monday afternoon. Let's say hello to Ryan Hall Ryan. How're you doing pretty good? How are you I'm doing great? It's great to have you on the show Ryan and congratulations on the win. I love that fight from start to finish. I loved everything about it. Did you like it. Were you happy with your performance was far from perfect but I did my best in it was really good we back in their Darren Elkins absolute warrior it was an honor to face him. He it was incredibly tough and I was really happy to come up with a good result more and more importantly to face stuff opposition into th- ally performed well in. I got to working show things that I that have been been away for a while. What didn't you like about it? You know nothing you know. Obviously there's a bunch of technical things that I'm that I'm trying to fix. I was happy with composure rose after some other things in you know obviously. It's always work in progress particularly when you know I've got I've got ten fights. Now you know plus whatever the all fighters so. Oh you know some experience but not not a you know not the twenty five thirty fights that most of the guys in the mid against now have so. It's a it's definitely coming along. You know piece by piece in you know I I would say that there were technical things that I need to clean up but beyond that I was pretty I was pretty happy. I'm happy as you're talking about this. That are great director. Jay's showing off your striking because I thought that that was your your best striking performance in a fight that we've seen this far Leeson the U._F._C.. Would you agree <hes> yeah. Absolutely you know I <hes> the first time that I really didn't extended period of striking in a fight was in on ultimate fighter in the quarterfinal and I remember thinking that that was important to start to try to be able to do obviously a in in a in a high level context in a fight so I was happy to be able to do that again today. In I'm happy that my my offering skill said is enough to get good results against very good opposition right now. In vogue improving the future hopefully will actually go to get some of the ground not at some point off brand skillset. I haven't heard it described that way. What what do you mean by that? When you say off brand skill set? What are you trying to say? I mean like you know my Jiu. Jitsu I would I would stack up against anyone anywhere anytime but I you know my hi <hes> striking obviously everything's work-in-progress Jitsu as well but you know striking something only been out for a little while and you know to be able to go in there and do the equivalent of having you know very very high level striker out wrestling and Jiu jitsu somebody somebody at a tough opponent and get a good result. I think is you know not always super common and I'm just happy as a martial artist to be able to make some progression in my skill set and hopefully will keep that going forward. I have to say this fight. It sort of felt felt like it flew under the radar caught me by surprise because I'm so used to you you fighting once every year two years here you are fighting. You know a few months later after your last fight. How did you feel about that like? Would you prefer to fight more consistently like this absolutely absolutely you know I I think that definitely helps for the comfort factor and just for <hes> for progression. I think they're obviously you know. There's always that back and forth where you're trying to decide you know how often is too often. I think I don't ever really have the problem of definitely on the other side of things. So I believe my twitter by the way I never use that thing anymore so I know it's up there ever go on that special. I feel better already but anyway where was I think it's still exists but I don't use it anyway. <hes> I guess <hes> what we're talking about. I was asked about fighting a little more consistently not sorry about that. Yeah definitely prefer that and it's definitely something that I look forward to going forward. I'm hoping to fight the end of this year and in just look forward to kind of building on the experience and improving by the way. Why did you delete your twitter? I think it's healthy and I mean what what's the benefit a look at the phone in three quarters on the face palming just how ridiculous the world is and and then you go wait a second of course I did dump things. If I told you about every dumb thing I do all the time you'd be faced bombing as well but it's one of those things where it doesn't bring any benefit to my life personally and all it does. Is You know whether it makes you feel like you're cool. Because this person I goof and you think you're less one or makes you feel bad about our despair at the state of humanity. I don't think it's positive with social media. Twitter in particular is an absolute cesspool and better off just ignoring it. Did you delete all social media like Instagram as well facebook book or we're working on it. I don't really have a facebook either but <hes> you know step by step okay but eventually you want to be free and clear of all social media. What's the benefit I mean obviously there is a benefit from a marketing perspective with generally been? You are indefinitely obviously if if they're on the information giving side like where you are of course you know engaging in that in that roams important but <hes> you know other than that all I you know I can go. Hey at aerial how you doing and say X Y and Z nonsense to you and it just shows up at your phone. It's turned the entire into into a what do you call it like a comments section or a discussion forum which as we all know you know is the absolute lowest plays on the Internet earliest that I'm aware of anyway. <hes> yeah I I would just say doesn't bring a lot of benefit all you can do. It was enjoy yourself for not involve. Honestly I respect it and I don't disagree. I wish I was able to do that but unfortunately I can't so yeah one day one day it will be clear of all this stuff. It's funny that you bring that up because I was GonNa ask you about the love that you're getting on Saturday which clearly did not see but it seems like finally believe it or not. I feel like people are starting to slowly but surely look. There's always going to be people who say that. They're not a fan of yourself but I feel like people are starting to see the Beauty Udine your style and appreciate how unique you are in there and how Unorthodox your plan of attack may be. I'm starting to sense that as well and I was wondering if you were starting to feel that you know I can't say I all I people like what they you see. I am glad I'm happy that they're enjoying something if they don't you know it's our doesn't bother me at again. Change a channel and <hes> as as far as I'm concerned whether it's people telling your awesome people telling you that you're not you know it's it's not terribly healthy. <hes> I don't need a cheering section and I don't need to you know the other nonsense he can deal within something dealt with for a long period of time in my in my life but <hes> you know as as you have as well as every other athlete as well but basically I listened to myself I listened into my coaches my the people close to me and if they think what we're doing is needed in need of change than we keep on changing as we always will if they think if they're happy then then I'm happy and basically I would just say I try to control what I can control and and being on that in a silly rollercoaster of how people are feeling because I just don't I don't see value Alana's do joy fighting. I love it. I absolutely love fighting really okay yeah what you like about it. It's challenging. It's <hes> you know you have to have the repair yester- work hard against an opponent that that a challenge that plays back amount that tries on climb itself that no matter. How will you climbed that last time? It's not the same thing <hes> you know. It's you have to have the courage to be yourself in a moment where the urges to do what everyone else is doing or do what you feel safe or what may again that may or arena Bieber <unk> can you can you have the courage to be yourself to be different than to do what you feel is right. <hes> in a situation where you know you face not only embarrassment or this is apple someone's going to someone could really hurt you. You know we see every now and then you know recently with some knockouts you can get really really hurt and that is a risk that we all take and I would just say that I think I'm very thankful for the venue that the U._F._C. provides in in putting me in against top opposition because anybody can stare in the mirror and recite their speech or do this or that. Can you <hes> when the chips are down. Can you summon your talent that will and I like the the chance to try try to do my best to do that phenomenal answer. I guess the reason why I was asking is because you sometimes have a look on your face where you're just kind of like indifferent to it all but you know that's that's part of Your charm right. You're right now. I feel all Jason Her. You know I always enjoy talking to aerial. Thank you very much by the way of course I loved it but thank you you know it's interesting to talk with people who are engaging talk about ideas rather than you know. Nobody wants to come on and talk about cool. Oh I think I am or some nonsense like that and it's the same old silliness and <hes> you know I don't really enjoy that and I can tolerate that sort of thing if you have to <hes> whether it's it'll being on the receiving end of that but when it comes to exchange of ideas and that's ultimately what a mixed martial arts contest can be if we allow it to be it's testing ground and it's very real and I think that the Internet is the opposite of that. Let's say for instance where I can go on and say all sorts of nonsense that is very rarely accurate very rarely true and face very little immediate or even long-term repercussion unless I'm very unlucky and then the the what he called the the mob you know appears to destroy my life but basically a I I enjoy the immediacy of en- I enjoy that that that you are the man in the arena in that although Emma may is a is a team sport as well as an individual one ultimately you are the person you are the captain of your ship and you'd have to make the decisions that that you will of course to sink or swim or sink or close. I guess I should say and I really I really appreciate that because I don't think there's that many places left where things are that. That real wanted to clear something up with you so the word is that the U. of C. is is going back back to Washington D._C.. Which is where you live later on this year and I believe you live like walking distance from the arena over there? It was once the M._C._i.. Center now I believe it's the Verizon Center is still the Verizon Center about say. I think it's a variety center if it's not that's news to me. It's wherever the capitals wizards play yet. They're going there on December seventh. That would be very excited to to fight their who've you need to be nice and not have to travel <hes> and <hes> I I would just be something that doesn't come along in your life. You know every day can't find that opportunity around the corner and I think that <hes> you know I've done well to this point. I hope that people you know have <hes> feel that that you know I I could be competitive against against verts off opposition and even if they don't WanNa see me beat up now. This is the chance capital one arena by the way it's now called so I think this is who knew right Corp.. Jake knows in the back. Thank you for that. Capital doesn't have the same kind of ring as verizon center the phone booth but is it true so I was told that I've seen on that card. You'd like the top ten guy if you can't fight on that card against the top ten guy. Are you considering walking ways that accurate I will again. We'll cross any bridge bridge when when we come to it but what's important to me is is facing tough opposition and it will be really needs to be on that card because as far as normally only D._c.. Area <hes> U._F._C. Fighting. Maybe maybe two of us <hes> maybe CDC Yousef. I think maybe but <hes> other than that I can't imagine I mean again. The U._S.'s full interesting people that they can put any show they like but I wouldn't you know I would hope for the opportunity to fight there and I think at this point you are really tough. Opponent like Darren Elkins was most definitely good Lord Nagai's as tough as nails <hes> would be really appreciated and I look forward to the opportunity to get an Oregon. You know another thing that I love about washy fight. Is We get to see Kenny Florian work a corner. We don't get to see that often. I think he's one of the smartest people on the game. I think it's a crime that Kenny is an honor broadcast somewhere and I think he should be coaching more and I know he has his Jim in California as well but it's always great to see him in your corner. What makes them so good? I mean it's easy for me to say he's so good like you actually feel the effects of his brilliance Wisey such a good coach well. I think that Kenny obviously brings a an unbelievable amount of the table. I feel incredibly fortunate to have the coaching staff that I do between Tom. Lee Who I just can't say enough about while we became friends on ultimate fighter in day-to-day training partners over since he's spinning case things that's that's Tommy One and trying to put that together has been unbelievably helpful Ozzy Kenny's been working with missions twenty fourteen which is <hes> the ultimate fighter and you know he's. I run every single thing that if you buy them what was going back and forth I feel like we were in a lot of ways into the U._F._C.. In a similar situation. He was light on experience. I was lied on experience came from the Jujitsu background you know starting late in that as well and <hes> you know he not only is he a great thinker and <hes> integrate martial artist he also has so much experience as the guy actually in the arena so knowing what it's what it's like to be competing at that very high level title challenge three times over fought and beat some of the guys out there at good fights with the other ones that was a you know that type of experiences absolutely invaluable and just the the little bits of guidance in addition to everything technical tactical you know that that people can give you know when they when they have that type of that type of background and the and the cerebral kind of quality that allows them to articulate what happened and why both what they thought were successful for them and also what they want to change they had the opportunity to do it. Again is just absolutely invaluable will and light like you said I think you know he's a phenomenal phenomenal thinker and a great commentator and you know now to have that type of that type of ever pointed towards <hes> you know help me fix my game and do weddings do I <hes> I feel unbelievably fortunate and I just can't repay him for that in the same way I feel about for hobbies. Well you know a great thinker. Someone was unbelievable amounts of experience as a trainer in the corner and each person that I have around me and they bring something you know. There's is a lot of crossover but there's they all bring something unique in Umbria. Thanks for all I feel like before it's all said and done he's not top ten but I really love to see you compete against Chrome Gracie. How do you feel about that yeah that would that would be neat? You Know Krahn is unbelievable. <unk> Guy I would be really the excited to to face a minimum <unk> grappling frankly he's obviously Hicks and son. That's as a as Gracie Jiu Jitsu as gets chromosome one of the best guys in the world during his time <hes> I remember being a blue belt when he was a pro bowl coming up in watching him. Just Mo- most of the competition is a purple and Brown obviously did phenomenally well of black billed as well. <hes> you know the opportunities facing would be great and I guess he may be up against wants a little while <hes> right now. I'd be focused a little bit higher up the chain you know it's but if if the stars align it will be a really really neat thing and you know there will be a very tough test as well. I know you don't like to call people up but since you're so focused on that like ten to one number is their name that you want you know there are a couple of people that we're looking at but but again you know you oh Mary I will <hes> so sorry this disclosed but again everyone at this point is very tough you know and I would be excited to face the people that you could imagine and some of the people that defied you know realistically. I haven't earned her