Thursday's pro wrestling videos

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 15:39

By Thomas Rude

WWE

Mattel WWE Entire Panel!  2014 SDCC                      http://youtu.be/CD0Y0OQXiiA
WWE 30-Second Fury:  Brock's Path of Destruction            http://youtu.be/TPIQVRc-XqY
7/28/14 WWE RAW "Fallout"-Pink & Black Attack            http://youtu.be/1KR0aRxp4cY
7/28/14 WWE RAW "Fallout"-Support the Flag               http://youtu.be/VLkGXZXpU6Y
7/28/14 WWE RAW "Fallout"-Show-Uce-Off                  http://youtu.be/oZfu_QyGu2Y
Canvas 2 Canvas-Sting Contrast                            http://youtu.be/97K7ILJYoAY
Totino's Show Us Your Superstar (Episode 2)                 http://youtu.be/p3vL75B7PcE
MISC. STUFF

Top 115 Moves of Juventud Guerrera (115-51)               http://youtu.be/dGXhANRBCU8
Top 115 Moves of Juventud Guerrera (50-1)                 http://youtu.be/KlJsDwrhHTU
Top 30 Moves of Nigel McGuinness                http://youtu.be/Z43fuBR2vwo
British Wrestling Council "British Wrestling Roundup" (Season 3, Episode 6)             http://youtu.be/2du6eoYi8ng
Diva Dirt Countdown:  Top Five Divas                          http://youtu.be/67lbDPjAUXs
CHIKARA Podcast-A-Go-Go (Episode 375)               http://youtu.be/3U_0FVDxQus
The Candice & Joey Show (Episode 51)                   http://youtu.be/yYmzwz4Hqug
"Worst Promo Ever" (Episode 71)                http://youtu.be/q2nouAtCNr8
INDY TV SHOWS

New England Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 69)                      http://youtu.be/Y4-D_FDH5js
Anarchy Wrestling TV (Episode 443)                         http://youtu.be/eEiGe1uaA18
Ultra Championship Wrestling Zero TV (Episode 69)                http://youtu.be/CFLY46OSrrg
West Virginia Championship Wrestling TV (Episode 187)              http://youtu.be/MSQ4bRRq454 
Florida Super Championship Wrestling TV (Season 2, Episode 20)               http://youtu.be/Ra65w4M9dHE           
LUCHA LIBRE

7/26/14 AAA (Gala)                     http://youtu.be/7dsSHVEr0BY
TNA

#IMPACT365-Behind The Scenes of the IMPACT Wrestling Basebrawl in Louisville, KY            http://youtu.be/Hb1GcvwVtjQ
 

Anderson's return is official vs. Diaz

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:16

ESPN just reported in a breaking news alert that Anderson Silva vs. Nick Diaz will headline the UFC's 1/31 show in Las Vegas.

 

DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show: JULY CLASSIC WRESTLING MARATHON! DAY 29

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 14:16

DragonKingKarl Classic Wrestling Audio Show:  July Classic Wrestling Marathon Day 29!  Mailbag show today with topics including Southern Pro Wrasslin fans (groan), OMG OUTRAGE about pro wrestling angles, was Rocky III impact over blown?  Much more!


 

The booking decisions at Battleground, Card for SummerSlam, WWE controversial angles, G-1 Climax tournament, and the birth of Mil Mascars

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:35

We look at all the issues related to WWE coming out of the past week, from the booking decisions at Battleground, the card for SummerSlam, the controversy regarding the Rusev/Lana angle and more in our lead WWE story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have more on the future of iPPV, a rundown of the first two G-1 Climax tournament shows, two UFC shows and Dragon Gate's biggest card of the year.
 
With all the news, we've got a double issue this week, which includes an awesome history piece on one of the most successful gimmicks and characters in the history of pro wrestling, and how they all fell into place with a look at the birth of Mil Mascaras.
 
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Our lead story looks at WWE over the past week.  We look at the decisions made regarding Battleground, what happened with Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, what went wrong with the show as well as the highlights, a history of WWE when current events became part of their angles and what it shows, a look back at the build of WrestleMania VII and the plans to break the all-time attendance record and what happened, what caused Saturday Night's Main Event to end, and how WWE handled P.R. wise those situations.
 
We look at the SummerSlam card, activities related to the show in Los Angeles, plus a look at gambling on WWE big shows and if smart money did come in.
 
We've also got a complete rundown of Battleground, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
 
We also go back to the birth of the G-1 Climax tournament the birth and ending of pillow-mania, the rise to prominence of Masahiro Chono, the concept of G-1 from its inception and what it grew to be, a look back at last year's tournament, changes for this year, update on Kota Ibushi, reaction to Tomoaki Honma, and what it coming this week.
 
We also have a rundown of the first two G-1 show.
 
We also have more on C.M. Punk, an update on Sting and Ric Flair in WWE, why there is so much YouTube contest of material WWE owns, the new WWE logo, Hogan returning, biggest house show in years, Dwayne Johnson talks potentially wrestling again and who, plus his annual income.  We also look at what segment on Raw really didn't happen as it was portrayed, as well as who wasn't there, and what was scheduled for Raw and Main Event that was changed.
 
We also look at a famous acting coach and a WWE relationship, the current stock and new angles.  We also look at the next several weeks of NXT television, the upcoming Australia tour, who new people in developmental are, plus WWE business notes and house show rundowns.
 
We've also got coverage of the emergence of a new major star in UFC in Conor McGregor.  We look at McGregor's business pull, his promos, the show in Ireland this past week, his fight with Dustin Poirier, and the unanswered questions about his ability.
 
We also have a look at the UFC show in Ireland.
 
We've got more on the future of iPPV with a statement made by Ustream about the future, and how Ustream will work with existing promotions if they want to change the model.
 
We also have a major history piece of the creation of Mil Mascaras.  We look at the birth of pro wrestling in Mexico, the rise of El Santo, the culture in the country, the original idea of Mil Mascaras, the untold story of how Aaron Rodriguez was not the first choice for the role, and the incredible story of how the athletic commission debuted his debut in Mexico City. 
 
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We also look at UFC's Fight Night from Atlantic City, as well as ratings on the show and match-by-match coverage.
 
We also have full coverage of Dragon Gate's biggest event of the year, what worked, what didn't work, and what you need to go out of your way to see.
 
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--What looks to be the biggest match of 2014 in Mexico
 
--Two major promotions go head-to-head on PPV next month
 
--Wrestle-1 creates its own world title
 
--What wrestler was getting big raves from fellow wrestlers after a recent major show
 
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--A look at NOAH's junior heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--A Jim Ross idea regarding broadcasting for the No. 2 promotion in the world
 
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--What person who 13 years ago was looking to head a national wrestling company and nearly pulled off the deal, just turned down one of the most prestigious jobs in all of sports
 
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--Jim Ross' WWE tenure comes to an official end and what does that mean
 
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--Vitor Belfort's hearing
 
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--Notes on Ronda Rousey winning the ESPY award
 
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--A look at five titles likely at stake in a five week period at the end of the year
 
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--Who do expect a big push coming for
 
--Tim Kennedy talks steroids in UFC
 
--Bellator's first show under Scott Coker
 
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TUES UPDATE: Jesse Ventura, WWE and TNA, Del Rio stitches, UFC fight off after firearm accident, more

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 12:27

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We look at all the issues related to WWE coming out of the past week, from the booking decisions at Battleground, the card for SummerSlam, the controversy regarding the Rusev/Lana angle and more in our lead WWE story in the new issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.  We also have more on the future of iPPV, a rundown of the first two G-1 Climax tournament shows, two UFC shows and Dragon Gate's biggest card of the year.

 
With all the news, we've got a double issue this week, which includes an awesome history piece on one of the most successful gimmicks and characters in the history of pro wrestling, and how they all fell into place with a look at the birth of Mil Mascaras.
 
The issue is up on the site now at http://www.f4wonline.com/component/content/article/110-wrestling-observer-newsletter/38132-july-28-2014-wrestling-observer-newsletter-battleground-ppv-g-1-tournament-conor-mcgregor-in-dublin-tons-more
 
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Our lead story looks at WWE over the past week.  We look at the decisions made regarding Battleground, what happened with Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins, what went wrong with the show as well as the highlights, a history of WWE when current events became part of their angles and what it shows, a look back at the build of WrestleMania VII and the plans to break the all-time attendance record and what happened, what caused Saturday Night's Main Event to end, and how WWE handled P.R. wise those situations.
 
We look at the SummerSlam card, activities related to the show in Los Angeles, plus a look at gambling on WWE big shows and if smart money did come in.
 
We've also got a complete rundown of Battleground, with match-by-match coverage with star ratings and poll results on the show.
 
We also go back to the birth of the G-1 Climax tournament the birth and ending of pillow-mania, the rise to prominence of Masahiro Chono, the concept of G-1 from its inception and what it grew to be, a look back at last year's tournament, changes for this year, update on Kota Ibushi, reaction to Tomoaki Honma, and what it coming this week.
 
We also have a rundown of the first two G-1 show.
 
We also have more on C.M. Punk, an update on Sting and Ric Flair in WWE, why there is so much YouTube contest of material WWE owns, the new WWE logo, Hogan returning, biggest house show in years, Dwayne Johnson talks potentially wrestling again and who, plus his annual income.  We also look at what segment on Raw really didn't happen as it was portrayed, as well as who wasn't there, and what was scheduled for Raw and Main Event that was changed.
 
We also look at a famous acting coach and a WWE relationship, the current stock and new angles.  We also look at the next several weeks of NXT television, the upcoming Australia tour, who new people in developmental are, plus WWE business notes and house show rundowns.
 
We've also got coverage of the emergence of a new major star in UFC in Conor McGregor.  We look at McGregor's business pull, his promos, the show in Ireland this past week, his fight with Dustin Poirier, and the unanswered questions about his ability.
 
We also have a look at the UFC show in Ireland.
 
We've got more on the future of iPPV with a statement made by Ustream about the future, and how Ustream will work with existing promotions if they want to change the model.
 
We also have a major history piece of the creation of Mil Mascaras.  We look at the birth of pro wrestling in Mexico, the rise of El Santo, the culture in the country, the original idea of Mil Mascaras, the untold story of how Aaron Rodriguez was not the first choice for the role, and the incredible story of how the athletic commission debuted his debut in Mexico City. 
 
We look at the background of Aaron Rodriguez and his family in wrestling, his debut in wrestling, why plans changed regarding when and how he would debut and his first shows in the major markets, we look at the match that established him as a major U.S. draw, the secret about a family member, and his place in Mexican culture.
 
We also look at UFC's Fight Night from Atlantic City, as well as ratings on the show and match-by-match coverage.
 
We also have full coverage of Dragon Gate's biggest event of the year, what worked, what didn't work, and what you need to go out of your way to see.
 
The Wrestling Observer ranges weekly from 35,000 to 50,000 words covering pro wrestling and MMA internationally. Each issue has coverage and analysis of all the major news, plus every issue breaks major news stories before the Internet sties and has the most complete look at the pro wrestling and MMA business anywhere, plus history pieces available nowhere else.
 
The Observer is the world's most detailed weekly pro wrestling publication, in its 32nd year of publication, and is read by the biggest names in the pro wrestling, industry, MMA industry, sports world and on Wall Street.
 
We also have our regular features such as the most complete look at ratings, plus results of the major house show events each week in pro wrestling and MMA, and complete inside rundowns of all the TV shows.
 
Also in this week's issue:
 
--Build to a major hair match with two superstars involved
 
--What looks to be the biggest match of 2014 in Mexico
 
--Two major promotions go head-to-head on PPV next month
 
--Wrestle-1 creates its own world title
 
--What wrestler was getting big raves from fellow wrestlers after a recent major show
 
--An expected TNA tag title match coming to Japan
 
--A look at NOAH's junior heavyweight tag team tournament
 
--A Jim Ross idea regarding broadcasting for the No. 2 promotion in the world
 
--DDT's biggest show of the year including three major outsiders
 
--What person who 13 years ago was looking to head a national wrestling company and nearly pulled off the deal, just turned down one of the most prestigious jobs in all of sports
 
--More on Jesse Ventura's lawsuit
 
--Jim Ross' WWE tenure comes to an official end and what does that mean
 
--A look at the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame inductions
 
--Bill Goldberg looks back on his career in wrestling, as well as comments on Chris Jericho, Scott Hall, wrestling for WWE today and more
 
--Roddy Piper says surprising things about Ric Flair and talks about problems with Vince McMahon
 
--Another former WWE star landing significant movie role
 
--Former New Japan star wins national contest
 
--Update on the WWC promotion
 
--A name to watch out for
 
--Former WWE star gets TV series role
 
--A look at ROH's next major show
 
--ROH headed to England and notes on the tour
 
--A look at the weekend ROH events as well as the next several weeks of television and the direction
 
--More on the Vince Russo/TNA situation
 
--Why this situation is significant
 
--A lot of behind the scenes on that story
 
--Update on TV television
 
--A look at the weekend TNA house shows
 
--Vitor Belfort's hearing
 
--Chael Sonnen's hearing
 
--Dana White on UFC drug testing
 
--How FOX negotiations in the outside world affects UFC
 
--Notes on Ronda Rousey winning the ESPY award
 
--Most popular female athletes in the country right now
 
--Update on Johny Hendricks
 
--A look at five titles likely at stake in a five week period at the end of the year
 
--Update on Tom Lawlor
 
--Who do expect a big push coming for
 
--Tim Kennedy talks steroids in UFC
 
--Bellator's first show under Scott Coker
 
Today's News, Notes and Links

-- Just hours ago, Jesse Ventura won his defamation caseand will be awarded $1.8 million total.

-- For whatever it's worth, within WWE the mindset is more where TNA might end up after Spike opted not to renew rather than any sort of discussion about potentially buying a tape library.

-- As noted on last night's Observer Radio, Dean Ambrose was, in fact, at Raw, and he teamed with Big Show of all people in the main event to beat Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins. Some wacky combos there.

-- Del Rio got busted open hardway in a match with Justin Gabriel last night. You can check out pics of him getting stitched up here.

-- Well, this isn't good. From UFC.com: Scheduled to return to the Octagon in Brasilia, Brazil on September 13 against Paulo Thiago, veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs's first UFC bout since 2006 has been put on hold after an accident at Riggs' home in Arizona Monday night. The UFC released the following statement on the incident. “We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night. While cleaning his permitted firearm (a pistol), the gun discharged, injuring his hand and upper thigh. Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians. We wish Joe a speedy recovery.” A replacement opponent for Thiago is being sought and will be announced shortly.

-- If you're an indy wrestling fan, we've got a great interview up with Gabe Sapolsky today talking tons of topics, plus some thoughts on the WWE Network, the Paul Heyman DVDaltthat he's already had a chance to see, and more.

-- Two professional wrestling superstars will be recognized by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum for their achievements in Greco-Roman wrestling. Jim Raschke and Brad Rheingans will enter the Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions. The Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions is located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo. An induction ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Kennedy Center on the campus of Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. This is the fifth induction class.

-- Freddie Prinze Jr. talks working for WWE and Vince McMahon here.

-- The Jim Cornette Experience with Missy Hyatt doing the interviewing is up here. They discuss, among things, wrestling bears and mummies. Missy is one of the smartest people in wrestling. She's also going to be appearing at the NWA Legends Fanfest this weekend.

-- Dude tries to rob gas station, unaware that the dude working there trains in MMA, ass kicking ensues.

-- ROH has Road to Best in the World DVDs out today here.

-- The film Jessealtis now out on DVD and stars Trinity/Naomi of WWE/Total Divas fame.

-- Ong Bak Trilogyaltout on Blu-Ray today.

-- And don't forget the new The Death of WCWaltwhile you're there.

-- Today in History with Brian Hoops:

1964 - Lord James Blears & Neff Maivia defeated Mr. Moto & Nikita Mulkovich for the NWA Hawaii Tag Team Title in Honolulu, Hawaii

1976 - Tiger Jeet Singh defeated Seiji Sakaguchi to become the first NWF Asian Heavyweight Champion (a New Japan title) in Osaka, Japan.

1977 - Ric Flair defeated Bobo Brazil in Richmond, Virginia to win the NWA United States Championship

1980 - Bill Dundee defeated Paul Ellering for the Southern Heavyweight Title in Louisville, Kentucky

1985 - Jerry Lawler defeated Bota The Witchdoctor in Memphis, Tennessee for the Southern Heavyweight Title

1988 - Stan Hansen & Terry Gordy defeated Jumbo Tsuruta & Yoshiaki Yatsu in Takasaki, Japan to win the All Japan Tag Team Championship (PWF World & NWA International Titles).

1988 - Yoshihiro Asai defeated Ray Richard in Mexico City, Mexico for the UWA World Welterweight Title. Asai would go on to become better known as Ultimo Dragon.

1989 - Super Medic I defeated Chicky Starr for the WWC World Junior Heavyweight Title in Caguas, Puerto Rico

1991 - Awesome Kong defeated Jerry Lawler for the USWA Unified World Title in Memphis, Tennessee

-- Nakanoue learning his character in Atlantic Grand Prix

-- Matt Sydal's first US Indie date is for Magnum Pro Wrestling in Omaha, Nebraska this Friday August 1st. This is the former Evan Bourne. Sonjay Dutt is also on the show.

 

July 29 Figure Four Daily: Gabe Sapolsky with a Heyman DVD review, WWE Network thoughts, EVOLVE reboot, your questions and more!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 11:30

Figure Four Daily with Bryan Alvarez returns today with special guest Gabe Sapolsky to talk tons of topics including the Paul Heyman DVD which he's already watched, thoughts on the former Shield guys, WWE Network predictions, the EVOLVE reboot, tons of your questions and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

Diego Sanchez talks crazy back story of his fight with Nick Diaz, Origins of "Yes," plus interest in fighting McGregor

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:29

Submitted from a third party

Diego Sanchez was a guest on Submission Radio. Diego discussed his possible move to 145 to fight Conor McGregor and revealed a never before told story behind the abuse he suffered from Nick Diaz via email which fueled the real life hatred before their fight.

Diego also talks about the possibility of fighting Norman Parke, how he felt about the Ross Pearson fight criticism, him focusing on wrestling again and the story behind his YES! chant.
Thoughts on a possible Conor McGregor fight

“You know what man, I don’t know. I would love to fight this guy and he said he’d like to fight me too, so I definitely think it’s possible. I think he’s a great mixed (martial artist). I think he's really talented, I think he's really tough, I just don't agree with people going out there and thinking that, this guy thinks he's like the Anderson Silva, he claims that he's the 'GOAT', and I’m just like c'mon man you ain't done enough to claim that. You know, I’m all for believing in yourself, but he's taking it to the next level, and if he gets past Dustin Poirier then he's definitely on that level, but you know he has that next tough fight. But if we get a fight, then we get fight."

“I’ve even possibly thought about going down to 145 just to fight him. Like as a matter of a fact, yesterday I was in my gym working out, and I was like 'can I do it? Can I make 145?' I was like 'I don’t know, I might have to try. I might have to do it.' Then I was like, but would be worth it for one fight, to go down to 145? Would it really be worth it? I was like 'I'm gonna have to do like a 10 day fast, I'm gonna have to really sacrifice to get down to 145. I’m gonna have to lose some muscle'. And I was really giving it some serious thought, I'm like 'but what if I’m stronger, what if I'm stringy. I’m gonna be long and stringy at that weight'. I was seriously giving it some consideration, and it’s not out of the question. It’s definitely not out of the question”

On the crazy story behind his and Nick Diaz’s original fight

“When I was gonna fight Nick Diaz, prior to the fight he somehow found my email, and I don’t know how he got my email, but he got my email and it really was Nick Diaz. And he was saying, like two months before the fight, like he's emailing me just the worst emails, like totally talking shit, saying really, really bad stuff about my Mom, my Dad, my family. Really trying to get under my skin, and he did. And it really was more than just a fight, there was some hate in that fight. And up to the point where before the fight, we were so adamant about killing each other, that he took his shoe off in the pre-warm up and threw his shoe at me, and Greg Jackson had to hold me back, and there was a lot more drama in then people know. And that's probably the craziest thing was me and Nick Diaz, and the emails, and taking off his shoe, and just the relationship that we had.”

On Interest in Fighting Norman Parke next

"I don't know or really understand why Norman called me out. I guess he wants to fight a bigger name and make a name for himself, and that's understandable."

“Yeah, you know he's on a roll, and you know right now I'm like, I'll fight anybody, I need a fight. I need a fight so I can get motivated, so I can just have that name in the back of my mind everyday waking up thinking about 'this guy's training for me!'. So yeah if things come together with Norman Parke, I would love to fight the guy.”

“I need a fight, and I'm not too picky, you know, who I have to fight. Of course the fight that I want is not going to happen. It's not gonna happen in my next fight anyway.”

“I’m hoping to get on the inaugural show (in) Mexico City, the first UFC in Mexico. I just would like to be a part of that. Me being Latin ethnicity, I would love to be a part of that. I think it's going to be a very special show.”

On who Diego wants to fight

“I’m talking about Nate Diaz. I’ve called him out, you know. He's waiting for a bigger pay day, but you know, I'm a fighter with fighters and he's trying to make money and I understand that, but it's like you know, you’ve got to be grateful for what you've got, pay your dues. Like Dana White said, the guy, he fought for the title, he lost and (in) his next fight he got knocked out, and then now he's crying and complaining after he has one big win. And I’m like, ey man there’s a guy sitting right here if you're so much better than me, then come kick my ass and it’s easy payday for you.”

“He doesn’t want to step up to the plate and give the fans the fight that the fans deserve, and I just know that all the fans would love to see a Diaz-Sanchez 2. And so you know, it’s just a great fight for the fans, and all in all, I fight for the fans. And I love to fight for the fans. I love (it) being that part of my legacy, where I'm a fan favourite and it's because I put on great shows. And you know, yeah, I know I need to get back to what got me winning, and start beating guys on the ground, but it's a fun sport and I think that me and Nate Diaz would make a great fight.”

On Diego’s style change from focusing on wrestling to focusing on striking and where he looks to go next

“I’ll continue to try to get better and better in the stand up, so if I have to stand up, I can handle myself better and win the fight there, if I have to win the fight there. But yeah my strength is on the ground and anybody that’s rolled with me knows that on the ground I’m hard to beat, and especially at 155, I feel like I’m one of the top grapplers in the division. And all my coaches and all the close people around me are like 'Diego c'mon man, you need to get back to your old ways of taking people down'. And I'm like 'yeah, I know, I know', but it’s just (that) when you're out there and you feel the pressure of the crowd, and it’s like you wanna get that big knock out. Especially for my last fight, I was fighting in front of my home town and I wanted to give them that knock out. I was going for it and it didn’t come, and in the end I probably should've went to my wrestling, and to my grappling, and took the fight there. But you know, now I’m getting a little older and I need to fight smarter, and that’s one thing I’ve been working on.”

On the criticism Diego faced after he last fight with Ross Pearson from fans and Dana White

“It’s not the first time in my career I’ve been in that hot seat, and it’s just a part of the sport. And as you get older, and you get more wise, and you get more experience, you're gonna go through almost every situation there is. And that’s basically the case I’m in. I've been in almost every type of fight win, lose, draw, and then in that particular fight, yeah you know, the judges gave me the nod. All I can say is, I went in there and I fought with all my heart, and I left it all in the cage, and it was a close fight, and the judges obviously felt that I won the fight. And you know, I know there’s a lot of people out there who disagree, but there is also a lot of people that supported that decision. And fans on my twitter, I got a tremendous amount of support, of positive feedback from plenty of fans believing that I won round 1 and I won round 3, and you know I’ll give round 2 to Ross. You know, Ross fought very tough and he fought a good fight, and like I said after the fight, I’m willing to give Ross a rematch at anytime. You know if the UFC wanted to put it together, I would love to fight again and give him another opportunity, if that’s what the UFC wanted to do. But the UFC isn’t interesting in doing that, so I'm just going to move forward in my career.”

"I feel I won the fight. I feel I won round 1 and round 3. I put the pressure the whole fight, I was coming after him, going for the finish. Yeah he dropped me round 2, but besides that I didn’t really feel like he was trying to finish me or anything, he landed some body shots. But it was a good fight and I was happy with the result.

If Diego still eats raw quail eggs

“Hell no! Hell no, I never did and I made a mistake man, I made a mistake man in Dallas. I ate some raw meat and I dunno, I’ll probably never eat raw meat again, you know. Like, my steaks I’m having them medium now, you know. I’m not even going into the medium rare. I was so traumatized after that experience, it was a rough one, but I'm back to health. I learnt my lesson the hard way, let's just say that.”

Origin of the 'YES' chant

“'Yes' chant, it all comes back to the Tony Robbins seminar, and I learnt the 'YES' out there at a Tony Robbins seminar in LA. And it's something that Anthony Robbins incorporates into his mental strength program, and it’s it's something that I carried on into my career. You know, the 'YES's come out every now and then when I get really excited, but I’m not as hardcore as I used to be with the 'YES's, but they do come out when they need to come out.”

Strangest place Diego has does the 'YES!' chant

“I’m not sure, but I think maybe probably in the bedroom with my wife maybe?”

 

Wanderlei Silva still thinks he's going to fight Chael Sonnen

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:26

Submitted from a third party

Wanderlei Silva made his first appearance on Submission Radio this week. Wanderlei spoke about how he still believes he will fight Sonnen, being open to versing him in a grappling match at Metamoris, how much longer he wants to fight and thoughts on why Brazil didn't win in soccer. (Interview starts at 1:05:48)
 

On how proceedings are going getting his license back and when can we see Wanderlei fight again

“I’m still training and UFC have a lot of events around the world, and I hope the event invites me to fight soon.”

On disappointment on not having an opportunity to fight Chael Sonnen

“I think he retired just for now, I think after finishing his suspension, he's gonna (come) back. I hope this fight is gonna happen.”

If Wanderlei would still be interested in fighting Chael if he un-retires

“Yeah of course. I think him and Belfort are just the two good fights that have a reason to happen for me.”

Thoughts on Chael Sonnen testing positive for banned substances in the lead up to their fight

“Yeah this is bad for everyone, bad for him, bad for me, bad for the fans who want so much that fight. But I’m gonna (be) waiting for him.”

What was Wanderlei’s game plan for Chael

“He (Chael Sonnen) has just one way to fight, just take down then on the top of the ground. And for me, I try to knock out, you know. I like to fight (in the) stand up and that what was happen. I’m gonna try to knock him out, he would try and hold me the whole round.”\

If Wanderlei enjoyed the experience of coaching the Ultimate Fighter

“It was really great for me, you know I show my technique, I training a lot of good guys, we opened the doors to MMA in Brazil, we had great talent, the biggest from all the shows. And I’m so glad to open the door and make a lot of opportunities for new fighters”

Thoughts on the recent fight between Weidman and Machida

“Yeah I think the champ is in a great moment. Lyoto's fighting very well. I think, you know if he started to attack a little bit earlier, he could have won the fight. I think he lost two rounds, and won two. And I hope for him to have another chance at the belt so that now he knows that way to beat the champ.”

On if Wanderlei was surprised with Lyoto’s aggressive, brawling style near the end of the fight

“No I think it was one of the best fights of Lyoto. Lyoto was more exciting, he attacked more. I think training with Rafael Cordeiro put him on another level, and I think he's gonna (be) fighting for the belt again.”

On if Wanderlei would like to fight Luke Barnatt potentially?

"Yeah I think if everything is good for the fans and for the event (UFC) I’ll do it. No problem."

On how many more fights Wanderlei would like to have?

“I think that in the last two fights I made the two bonuses, the fight of the night and knockout of the night. You know I make my fights exciting and I'm really entertaining, and I'm still fighting good. And when the body's working good, I’ll go. When I can’t do it anymore, I’ll try and do other things. Right now it’s good for me.”

On if Wanderlei be open to competing against Chael Sonnen in Metamoris or another grappling competition if he never gets the chance to fight him in MMA

“Yeah, why not. I never think about that but I think it’s a good idea.”

Which fight did he enjoy the most

“Chuck Liddell in 2007. It was a great fight, one of the best fights of my career. I think it was one of my best fights.”

Favourite moment in his Career

"When I beat (Rampage) Jackson the second time."

Current relationship with Rampage Jackson

"He's doing good, he's fighting good. I hope he (comes) back to the UFC."

Why Brazil didn’t win the world cup

“I think Brazil lost just because the guys didn’t invite me to play. If I play, it never would have happened.”

 

Rich Franklin talks one last UFC fight, who hit him the hardest, One FC

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 07:23

Submitted from a third party

Rich Franklin returned to Submission Radio this week to discuss his return to the Octagon, PED's in MMA, thoughts on his previous opponents being testing postive, if UFC Fight Pass will ever feature ONE FC and his dream match up with Bruce Lee.

Full Interview- http://bit.ly/1mT3koK

Possibility of seeing ONE FC join UFC fight pass

“I don’t really know. I don't know if  they’ll follow the same plan as the UFC is, because the nature of ONE FC, like their whole business plan is different. The concept of PPV over here in Asia is not really the same as it is here in the US. And so all the ONE FC’s, they're broadcast live on like, star sports or ESPN and things like that, and they don’t depend on their PPV sales in order to make their revenue.”

If we are any closer to knowing anything about when Franklin chooses to get back into the Octagon

“No, not yet. I’m really acclimating to this job right now. It’s a decision that I’ll have to make real soon, and I really need to sit down with the people at ONE FC and talk about that. Like the reality of - because I have some responsibilities here, and I’m travelling, I’m travelling quite a bit back and forth between and State and Asia now - and with the reality is with me continuing with my responsibilities with ONE FC, and then also prepping for a fight and all that kind of stuff. And I’ll have to sit down with them real soon and talk with them about that. Because I’m getting at a point now where I need to pull the trigger on that last fight, because I’m so far distanced from my previous fight, that basically if I’m gonna do something I need to do it now”

If Rich expects a big start over process due to his long layoff from fighting

“I’m sure, which is why I wouldn’t except a fight and just go straight into like fight training and prepping for my opponent. There would be some time where I acclimate back into training and, it’s not that I’m not training. Man, I mean I train, basically every day I do something. But there's a difference between what I would call recreational training, and prepping for an opponent.”

Thoughts on Weidman's last fight

“I made a prediction on my social media that Weidman would win that. And I didn’t actually watch the fight, I wasn’t sure I was travelling somewhere. And so I read about it and caught some highlights later. But, I thought Weidman would win that fight, only because after the first Anderson Silva fight, like there was a lot people that thought that maybe it’s a fluke, Anderson got caught, maybe Anderson underestimated him, blah blah blah, whatever, these kinds of things happen. But then you look at the second fight, now of course the fight got stopped due to injury, but prior to that you could see Weidman was controlling the fight, he was controlling the pace. And what really impresses me about him is that he's very patient as a fighter. Like, he's very patient and through his patience he's able to make his game plan unfold, which is something that Machida is really good at. But Anderson and Lyoto, they have that similar style, that kind of like sit back in the pocket, counter punch, depend on the timing. Lyoto does a really good job of sucking you into his game, because he's a very patient fighter, but Weidman didn’t let that happen with Anderson. So I kinda figured that he would have Lyoto’s number and that's what ended up happening.”

“I’m a believer (in Weidman). I'm a believer, I think that there are people that are still out there questioning whether or not, you know Weidman's legit, or if there was some fluke wins, but I’m a believer in Weidman, and I think he’s gonna make a great a champion. So I think he’ll be around for a while.”

On issues with PED’s in the UFC

"Listen, TRT and all that kind of stuff, you really need to take a step back, and before you get into these fighters, you need to look at the situation the sport got into. You know, there was a time when we started talking about TRT, and allowing this, and not allowing it, and basically the athletic commission decided that they were gonna allow the fighters to use it, and they thought that they could regulate it. Well, you know how things go. You give somebody an inch, and their gonna take a mile, and that’s what happened. So you know, once you allow these kinds of things to happen, you're just setting yourself up for problems. And I think that, that’s basically what ended up happening. So now the UFC as an organization has to kind of back paddle, and they have to say 'well, we're just gonna have a zero tolerance policy with this.”

“It’s gonna be difficult, I’ve spoken about this before. This is going to be a very, very difficult thing for the Athletic commissions and the UFC to regulate, because you're going into different countries now. You know, in the United States, things are set up. Like, you have your analysis facilities and all that kind of stuff, and not to say that people can’t be crooked, but it’s a lot easier to be crooked when you're getting your analysis done in a place like Brazil; where there may not be as much regulations and stuff like that, where a fighter can go in and have somebody possibly pee for him, or even the doctor at the analysis place. Like, you don't know what kind of practices are going on in different countries.”

On learning that past opponents Vitor Belfort, Wanderlei Silva and potential opponent Chael Sonnen had issues with testing and PED’s

“Naturally when you read about something like that, I mean your first thought is, 'well I wonder. I wonder if that was the case when I was fighting?'. Because, from the inception of this sport on to modern day today, like there are gonna be people that, once they start testing they know how to beat the system. And then when they have more strenuous testing, people have better ways of beating the system, and you see it in other sports. You see things in baseball where all of a sudden a baseball player gets caught, and I would imagine that the fans' initial reaction was, a fan would say 'why would this baseball player do this knowing that they're doing all this testing now, and they could get caught?'. Well the reason why is because things like this, they never stop. People just figure out ways to beat the system. They know how to like step down chemicals, or use masking agents, or do whatever it is that they're doing, so they figured out ways to beat the system. And so it will always be a problem. I mean that’s what ends up happening, any system is like that”

“Yeah, you start thinking 'was that the case when we were fighting?'. And what is, what was, what could have been, what may have been, there was no positive test at the time, so I’m not gonna sit here and kill myself and wondering, but yeah the thought crosses your mind.”

If Rich could fight anyone past or present:

"I would like to fight Bruce Lee. You know, Bruce was such a pioneer of MMA. He's been titled the father of MMA because of his philosophy of his martial arts systems. And there's not a lot of documented combat of his, so it would have been interesting to just kind of play that round with somebody like that."

On who hit Rich the hardest:

"I have two people that hit me the hardest, and one was before I was in the UFC. I fought a guy by the name of Aaron Brink, and I was sick for that fight. I had over a hundred and four fever, and I just remember this guy came out and hit me right off the bat. And it snapped my head so far back that I was looking at the ceiling staring at the light fixtures. But I tell ya, I think the hardest person that's ever hit me in my career was probably Chuck (Liddell). Chuck had very, very heavy hands. And just every time he would hit me with something - I mean he kicked me and broke my arm - so every time he hit me, it just felt like he was like swinging a sledgehammer, crashing into my body, hitting me in the face or whatever. So definitely Chuck."

On possibly doing a Metamoris Event:

"I don't know, probably not. I've never really been excited about grappling events, and I'll be honest with you, I haven't had much success with them either. I've done one grappling event in my life, and I got smoked bad. I'd only been training for like three months, but I grappled a guy that had been grappling for over a year, and he basically tried a flying armbar, that transitioned into a triangle, back to an armbar, back to a triangle. This was every bit of about thirty five seconds, and it was bad news for me. I'll tell you this much, my grappling style is very MMA oriented, I'm all about positioning and being able to strike. And honestly, I don't have like a really, really, really slick submission game. And so I don't know if just out-positioning somebody and looking for points and winning and stuff like that, make for, it's almost disrespectful to the art of grappling."

 

July 29 Observer Radio: Full Raw report, TNA and Spike update, Q&A, G-1 tournament, more!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 00:55

Wrestling Observer Radio with Bryan Alvarez and Dave Meltzer returns tonight to talk all the news in wrestling and mixed martial arts including tons (TONS) of thoughts on Raw Monday, all the matches and angles leading to SummerSlam and more, plus G-1 results, the latest on TNA and Spike TV, tons of TNA questions in the mailbag and more! A fun show as always so check it out~!
 

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