Pat Healy is looking to secure his foothold in the Strikeforce ranks with a win over Maximo Blanco on next weekend’s HW GP semifinals card. The 10 year veteran may not be a name the casual fan knows, but Healy hopes to change that with an impressive performance over the Venezuelan prospect. In a recent interview with TapouT Radio, Pat gave his opinion of Maximo’s resume and why he feels Strikeforce hasn’t been as successful a promotion as it could have been. “He’s been tagged as a prospect through wrestling and fighting since he was in high school. I think the Japanese have really brought him up the way they wanted to. They catered to him, gave him the right opponents. I came up the exact different way. I fought anybody, anywhere, any time, so I think that’s going to be a huge difference in the fight. This isn’t a hand picked opponent for him, and I think he’ll have to deal with that.” When asked where he feels a win over Blanco would put him in the division, Pat stated, “I think it puts me right at the top of the 155 lb crew in Strikeforce. I don’t look more »
Do you ever ask yourself, “I wonder what Vinny Magalhaes has going on right now?” Of course you do. We all do, at least once a day. If you don’t, you still might might be interested in finding out the answer to this burning question. With a busy schedule that includes being the full time BJJ instructor at Xtreme Couture, the ADCC tournament in 3 weeks, and a title defense bout for M-1 in 6 weeks, Vinny barely has time to comb his hair. TapouT Radio considers itself fortunate to have gotten some time for an in depth interview with the jiu jitsu dynamo. Primary Focus “I’ll be honest with you. I’d love to go there and win Abu Dhabi, which I think I can, and that’s something that I’ll go for, but my focus is more with my fight, which is 3 weeks after Abu Dhabi. As I said before, I love grappling, but I’m focusing on my MMA career. My goal is to do much better than I did at the beginning of my career. There’s no way for me to be trying to do everything at the same time, grappling, jiu jitsu, MMA. My focus now is MMA more »
Brazilian jiu jitsu star, Pablo Popovitch, is a man on a mission. Mission objective: win his weight class and the absolute division at the ADCC tournament in late September. With a busy school and the Abu Dhabi tourney just around the corner, Pablo is finding himself with a very full schedule, these days. Fortunately, TapouT Radio was able to get some of his time in a recent interview. Popovitch filled us in on his plans, which include flying to England, this Saturday, to get some training in with Braulio Estima, before competing in the prestigious event, in Nottingham. The elite grappler gave some insight on the growth of ADCC, and the much deserved recognition it has been getting recently: “I think with the UFC getting bigger and larger, people are starting to pay more attention to the grappling part of the game, and that’s one of the most important parts of MMA. You’ve got to be a good grappler nowadays, a good striker, good at wrestling, good at everything. I think it’s gonna keep growing and growing and people are gonna pay more attention to submissions and techniques.” Popovitch, who has known Roger Gracie since childhood, weighed in with his more »
Muhammed Lawal, better known as King Mo, has been one of the most outspoken figures in MMA. Every interview he gives is guaranteed for outrageous quotes and sound bites. With a fight against Roger Gracie just on the horizon, the king didn’t let down the TapouT Radio crew during a recent interview. When asked if there were any aspects of Gracie’s fight game that he might be concerned about, Lawal had this to say: “Ok, I’m gonna be real with you. You know how I am. I’m gonna keep it real. Blackuraba’s gonna speak the truth right now. The only thing I’m worried about in this fight, is if I lose my check or something. That’s what worries me. Other than that, I ain’t worried about a (expletive) thing about Roger Gracie, dog. He has good jiu jitsu. So? What do you expect? He’s a (expletive) Gracie. They all got good jiu jitsu. I’m not worried about that sh*t. There’s a chance he can get me down. Say I slip or break a pinky toe or something. There’s a slim chance that sh*t like that can happen.” He continued on, “If anything, I hope Roger learned how to sprawl. He more »
Mike Dolce is a name that pops up frequently in MMA. Whether it be from fighting professionally, guiding the top athletes to healthier lifestyles or writing books, more and more people are recognizing him, and his contributions to the sport. TapouT Radio conducted a recent interview with the nutrition guru, and was able to extract the recipe for success, the Dolce way. “What people don’t realize, is that I’ve been working with elite level athletes for over 20 years. I currently work with the best athletes in the world, on a daily basis. My guys are in the top 3 or top 5 in their weight classes, in the world. My skills, my techniques, my philosophies, my education, and my experience is constantly being refined among the world’s most elite. When you have a relationship with somebody, you experience and you absorb parts of that relationship. I deal with elite athletes, that are on elite teams, with elite coaches, coaching systems and techniques, and they themselves have decades of elite training behind them. I am constantly on the forefront of the sport. I can say that with the utmost confidence. I know what I do in a given day, and more »
Where: TapouT Radio When: 6 pm PST How: Just listen during Pablo’s live segment. At some point, he will ask an ADCC related question, and we will give a toll free number to call. The 1st person to call in with the correct answer wins the gi.
Veteran commentator, Mauro Ranallo, has been one of the most recognizable voices in MMA for many years. With a palpable energy and comedic quips, he is one of the most entertaining orators in the sport. Mauro stopped by TapouT Radio to give an in depth interview on a variety of topics, ranging from the UFC on Fox deal to his new talk show. His views on disrespectful fans, the mechanics of commentary and size differential in weight classes are what stood out the most for us. When talking about the fans that boo, Ranallo stated, “You pay your hard money. You’re allowed to boo and cheer whenever you like, but show some respect for the athletes. It is mixed martial arts, and not everything is going to be a Takayama/Frye or Korean Zombie/Leonard Garcia. There is some technique. There is an art form, and while, sure, there are fights that maybe aren’t that exciting, that are very technical and whatnot, you should reserve your boos for when, if you don’t like a certain guy, you boo them on the way to the cage. I truly believe that once two athletes step into the cage or ring, and are there to more »
Tuesday, August 30, 2011, brace yourselves for 100% Mauro Ranallo. I’ve a good mind to call the president and have it declared a national holiday. Be sure to tune in at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST to TapouT Radio.
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There is no method to my madness today. In honor of the UFC going back to Brazil, I’ve decided to pick all the Brazilians to win. Tell us your fight picks tonight, via the comments section. Silva Shogun Nogueira Barboza Cane Tavares Palhares Thiago Eduardo Ramos