As a fan of all things funny, this “Hitler Reacts” video is probably the best one I’ve seen to date. Special credit to Unfilter from the UG forums for creating this comedic marvel.
Drew Fickett has had an extraordinary career, with highs and lows reminiscent of a roller coaster. Wins over the likes of Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, Kurt Pellegrino and Dennis Hallman tell the tale of an exceptional skillset that many athletes would kill to have. On the opposite end of the spectrum, he’s had periods where losses were becoming commonplace. At one point, he had a five fight skid, and seemed to have lost his focus and drive. Then, he became a father, and his whole world changed. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, Drew lets us in on what went wrong, and what he’s doing to get back on track. “I just rededicated myself and I’m actually taking the sport seriously, like I did when I was a little younger. I treat it more like a job now, rather than just a hobby. I put in the hours, and the results show for themselves. I’ve been kind of a wild guy throughout my career, but, I guess when you get to the level that you’re at, you’ve got people criticizing you, people trying to blow stories out of proportion, stuff happens. You get snakebit. Once you’ve got a reputation, anything more »
Apex Sports Agency is a relatively new name in the MMA sphere, but it brings a familiar name to the table. With Jason Chambers at the helm, the fledgling company is hoping to make a big splash. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, Jason revealed why he started Apex, and what they plan to do in order to redefine athlete representation in MMA. “You know, it kind of goes back to why I decided to do this. For years, I’ve been involved in the sport. I’ve seen the sport evolve and grow. I had my own first pro fight in 1997, so a big reason why I decided to do this now, as opposed to a few years ago, was the timing. About six months ago, I went around to a few different agencies in Los Angeles, EA (Elite Advisors), Gersh, Endeavour, and I talked to them about starting an extreme sports division. My thought was, the UFC is going to make the same jump that it did from when it was this little niche on PPV in the late 90’s and the 2000’s, when it finally jumped to Spike. Suddenly, millions of people’s eyes were opened up to this more »
This Sunday marks the ten-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The way America looked at itself was altered immensely on that date, and a decade later the world is a very different place. Memories of panic and uncertainty are still present, but the urge to keep moving forward is even stronger. In remembrance of this anniversary, TheFightNerd.com, has released an exclusive short-film that commemorates this event alongside the New York MMA community. “A Fighting Spirit” is a video memoir that interviews members of the NY martial arts community and discusses where they were when the Towers collapsed, how they have coped, and how New York and America have grown stronger. Directed by Kahleem Poole-Tejada (director of the full-length documentary “New York MMA”) and produced by Matthew Kaplowitz (Editor-in-Chief of TheFightNerd.com) in association with Ranger Up, the film takes viewers around a tour of downtown Manhattan and provides a glimpse inside several of New York City’s top MMA gyms. It features many NY-based fighters, such as Renzo Gracie, Chris Weidman, Pete “Drago” Sell, and Vitor “Shaolin” Ribeiro, as well as Stephen Koepfer of NY Combat Sambo, Mark Yehia of “Elite Plus MMA,” Rob Constance of “The Renzo more »
“I’m gonna beat Roger Gracie’s ass on Saturday. I’m ready to fight, and I’m whooping his ass. I’m out there to fight. This is the time when I’m so frustrated and mad and angry. I got so much pent up anger, just from training, and I’m ready to go. I’m just gonna go out there and fight. It’s a fight, and I’m gonna go out there swinging. I’m gonna be like a black Diaz. I’m gonna put the Diaz on somebody. Straight up.” You can follow King Mo via his Twitter. You can listen to the audio this quote came from on TapouT Radio.
Top HW prospect, Daniel Cormier, is heading into the Strikeforce HW GP with his attention solely directed to beating his opponent, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. There has been little to no trash talk between the two, however, Silva has been engaged in other verbal skirmishes with the likes of Josh Barnett and Chael Sonnen. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, Daniel talked about the need for focus, his views on fighting training partners, and a variety of other topics. Media interest When the interview was conducted, it was only after multiple tries, due to Cormier being swamped with interviews. Daniel jokingly quipped, “That’s what happens when you have a Brazilian that doesn’t speak english, a Russian that doesn’t speak english, and Josh Barnett talking about collecting cars and all kinds of other things like that.” Selling the fight Cormier talked about promoting this fight without trash talking, stating, “A good fight sells. Seeing a guy come into his own, that’s my thing. I’m gonna go from not necessarily a project, but from a prospect to a contender in this fight. It will be a time for me to come of age in front of everybody. People have been able to watch more »
Photo, courtesy of Esther Lin With the news of Alistair Overeem’s UFC signing and scheduled bout with Brock Lesnar literally only minutes old, the media frenzy has already kicked into overdrive. Fortunately, TapouT Radio was able to get some comments from Overeem’s trainer, Martijn De Jong, regarding some of the details of the contract, and if there is a possibility we could see Alistair on the first Japanese UFC card in over a decade. General “We’re very excited, especially because we had a major setback when he (Overeem) was pulled out of the tournament. We’re very happy that Golden Glory management and ZUFFA came to an agreement, and squashed everything. We’re happy to sign with the UFC because we want to fight only the best in the world, and we believe they are all in the UFC. We’re very happy.” Contract “I’m not sure if I can give any detailed information about the contract at this time, but it has been signed for a multiple fight deal with the UFC, so we will be seeing him fighting a couple times within a year.” UFC in Japan De Jong stated that the contract is exclusive, so if you were hoping to more »
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Efrain Escudero‘s ultimate goal is to get back into the UFC, and at the rate he’s going, it’s hard to imagine it not happening soon. With 4 fights in the books, 2011 has been a busy year for Efrain. He is 4-1 since his departure from the promotion 13 months ago, and although his scheduled bout with Tim Radcliffe for this coming weekend’s BAMMA card has been canceled due to visa issues, the young fighter aims to add another win to his impressive resume before the year is out. In a recent TapouT Radio interview, Escudero outlined his plan to get back to where he feels he belongs. “I think I’ve just gotta keep winning. I’ve gotta stay in the eyes of the public. If I’m the kind of person that’s standing in the background, and I’m just fighting here and there, and I only fight 3 times a year, because I’m trying to fix my image, the UFC will look at me and say ‘He’s fought 3 times this year and he’s won all 3 of them, but he’s not taking any chances. He’s playing it safe.’ Now let’s look at my record. This will be my 6th fight more »
Jake Ellenberger is faced with the daunting task of overcoming the shadow that looms over his upcoming bout with Jake Shields. With the passing of Shields’ father, Jack, some media outlets have claimed that the only reason this fight would be considered significant, is because of the human interest aspect. Forgotten are the exemplary resumes that both fighters bring to the table, and forgotten is the rivalry that has existed between the two for months leading up to this match. In a recent interview with TapouT Radio, Ellenberger gave some insight on how he is approaching the fight. “It’s tough, but it’s business. I was excited when I got the opportunity to fight Jake, but he’s got a lot of weight on his shoulders right now, and he’s gonna come out looking to finish me, for sure. I just gotta control what I can control and look to win this fight. Like I said, it’s all business, once we get in there.” In reference to the article that stated the fight was not significant or interesting outside of Shields’ recent loss of his father, Jake stated, “Yeah, I read that article, too, and I didn’t agree with it. I don’t more »