TheGARV Exclusives

TheGARV.com: Your first title defense has been announced and it's Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante.  What do you think about Feijao?

King Mo: He's a tough dude, I guess.  I'm gonna smash him.  People think he's a bad match up for me, but in my second fight I fought a guy Fabio Silva, who's a kickboxer from Chuteboxe. He was more aggressive and probably has more knockouts [than Cavalcante].  He's just as big and I ran through him easy.  Feijao gets tired and he's not as fast.  He's kind of slow and I'm gonna push him and I'm gonna break him in the first or second round.

TheGARV.com: Will you stand with him or take him down?

King Mo: I can stand with him.  All he throws is looping left hooks.  He doesn't throw any straight punches, everything he throws is looping.  And he's a plodder, so he doesn't move as good.  People thinks he trains with Anderson Silva, but I saw Anderson Silva two days ago at the gym.  Anderson trains in Orange Country, Feijao trains in Brazil, not with Anderson.

TheGARV.com: In the Mousasi fight, after the second round, you looked like you were getting tired but then you came on strong.

King Mo: Yeah what happened was Mayhen fought before me and we have the same coaches so I was waiting backstage.  I didn't get hands taped till twenty minutes before the fight. So I had to rush my warm up and rush everything. In the first I had an andrenaline dump and I just got stupid. Then in the third round I knew he was getting tired and I was starting to feel fresh again so I had to pick it up some more, to keep the pressure on.  And Mousasi is known to gas.  People don't know that because he's good at submissions.  I just put so much pressure on that he couldn't react to anything.

TheGARV.com: One thing I noticed about Mousasi is his poker face in there.  Even in the later rounds of the fight, it seemed like he felt like he was in control, judging by the look on his face.

King Mo: You know what it is, he's trying to be like a fake Fedor.  The thing is, I saw Mousasi fight years ago, and I wanted to fight him, because all the hype was around him.  I saw him, he beat Jacare, he beat Denis Kang.  Mousasi's trying to be Russian but I seen he was kind of fake. I knew I was going to expose him.

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KALIN: You started out fighting Vale Tudo, but then did some boxing before really fighting consistently in MMA.  How did you get involved with boxing?

ERIN: I got startedad in boxing to stay busy because in 1998 and 1999 there wasn't really women doing this.  When I started training I wasn't aware that women were doing this.  My coach at the time was going over to Japan and he fought there and they had been doing it there for a couple of years.  He had some good connections there.  They brought me over and that's when I did some of those tournaments that I was involved in.  The boxing was really just to help my training and stay busy.  I never had the intention of being a boxer, but I couldn't just fly to Japan every month.  I ended up beating girls, doing pretty decent, and then I competed in both sports for several years.  Later on in my career it was to hard to go down the path of both and I chose MMA over boxing because I enjoy that more.

KALIN: You talk about how you went to boxing because there wasn't a lot of opportunities for you women in the early days of MMA.  What's it been like for you to see the growth of the sport?

ERIN: In the last couple of years I don't like the evolution of the sport.  I've been around as long as some of the guys or longer and I'm 33 now.  I started training when I was about 17 or so, but I didn't have my first fight until I was 20 or 21.  I've got to be honest, in the last couple of years MMA has gone so mainstream that it is like a double edged sword.  It's great because we get more people involved and it's more exposure and people are more accepted at this point, but on the other hand there are a lot of people being involved in the sport because it's in and it is the cool thing to do.  They try to get on TV or get a reality show or a movie.  That's both men and women.  That's really the one aspect of it that I don't like.  I don't know if the quality of women has risen.  I can't really say.  I mean I have my group of girls that I really respect and that I think are good, but a lot of the girls getting into it now...I don't know.  I don't think they should be fighting.  I think maybe they're getting involved with it for the wrong reasons if that makes sense.

Christopher Boykin, better known as Big Black from MTV's reality series Rob and Big, is a huge MMA fan.  He has gotten into the game via sponsorships that include such big names such as Brett Rogers and King Mo Lawal. In this exlcusive interview, Big Black talks about his passion for MMA, what he's bringing to the game, and about a major surprise involving Strikeforce.

Interview by Kalin Johnston.

KALIN: I'm here right now with Big Black, star of the highest rated show in MTV2 history Rob & Big, what's up Big.  For people that don't know, you are very knowledgeable in the sport of mixed martial arts.  How did you get your start following the sport?

BB: When we had the Rob & Big show we got invited to a lot of UFC fights and I really liked them.  I used to wrestle in high school and I boxed a little bit as well.  Later on I saw Strikeforce and that's when I really started getting into it.

KALIN: When we were in Nashville you were telling me about how Brett Rogers life story inspired you to want to sponsor him and out of all of the fighters you sponsor he is your main guy.  Tell us how all of that came together.

BB: We were looking for fighters to sponsor with my clothing line Double B.  I was looking at some people who were up and coming and trying to make a difference and stuff like that.  One of my guys told me about a guy named Brett Rogers who was working by changing tires at a Sams Club and was just fighting part time.  I was like dude this is the type of guy that I would like to wear Double B.  I like his story man.  His story really inspired me.  I was like hey lets sponsor this guy and see how it goes.  I flew up to Minnesota, met him, met his wife, talked with his friends and family, and it started a great relationship both as friends and a sponsorship.

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Despite being neck-deep in an intense training regimen for an upcoming fight and the fact that I had nothing groundbreaking to ask, Paul "Semtex" Daley set aside a few moments for a brief interview.

I forgive "Semtex" for the infamous Josh Koscheck incident at UFC 113.  I can't tell you how many times my emotion and fiercely competitive spirit overpowered the important restraints of sportsmanship and honor by letting my temper get the best of me.  The only difference is that my transgressions were an isolated case of drunken air hockey gone awry in an obscure Michigan basement; whereas, like all other professional MMA fighters, Daley puts himself in the spotlight of the public eye, where each and every good and bad move is witnessed and subsequently judged in full by millions.

I think it's also worth mentioning that, right or wrong, there has been an outburst of fan complaints centering around "lay-n-pray" and the recently coined "wall-n-stall" tactics that favor safety and control over excitement and taking risks to finish.  There is a list of positives and negatives that come along with every fighter, and no one can dispute that Daley is the type of martial artist with one thing on his mind:  stopping the fight as quickly as possible by way of aggressive and incendiary offense.  A boring Paul Daley fight is as rare and unique as the world-class wrestlers who were able to neutralize his electric Muay Thai game.

Stay tuned for Daley's upcoming debut in Australia's promising new Impact FC promotion, where he will face former Chute Boxe soldier and Pride veteran Daniel Acacio on July 18th's "The Uprising" show.  Acacio is a talented striker who looks to decide things on the feet, so fireworks should ensue.  Special thanks to Paul and his manager Wad for always staying in touch with The Garv.com.

This Saturday night, Pat Barry will be taking on MMA legend Mirko "CroCop" Filipovich at UFC 115.  As a kid, Barry used to idolize CroCop.  Now he's going to be looking to take his head off.  Such is the fight game.

Kalin Johnston has this exclusive interview with Pat Barry for TheGARV.com.

KALIN: I'm here right now with UFC Heavyweight Pat Barry.  Pat, what's goin on man, how are you?

BARRY: I'm doing pretty good, in fact I'm getting ready to head out to Las Vegas in the morning.  Other than that I'm just rested up and ready.

KALIN: With two K-1 level fighters going at it in MMA, that is something that you don't always see and somewhat of a dream fight for the fans.

BARRY: Yeah, you definitely don't.  I know myself as a fan, I would rather see a devastating knockout versus a submission.  I mean submissions are awesome and they're great, but I would rather see a head kick knockout over an armbar any day.

I heard a really cool rumor today about Gary Marino and Ryan Ciotoli of Team Bombsquad getting another one of their fighters, Anthony "The Big Calzone" Leone, signed to the WEC to fight Renan Barao on the June 20th Edmunton card.  Hoping it was true, I called Marino and asked him point blank.

Gary responded that the fight was basically agreed to but not officially signed yet.  And he did confim that Leone has indeed signed a multifight deal with the WEC.

Chalk up another one for the Bombsquad.  Marino and Ciotoli have been on a tear lately, and their stable of fighters keeps getting bigger and better. They've got fighters in all the big organizations and Leone is just the latest in a string of top signings.

I've been touting The Big Calzone on this site for quite awhile now.  The undefeated (8-0) prospect is coming off his biggest win, against Tateki Mastsuda, for the XCFL bantamweight title.  He certainly deserves this shot in the WEC, and I know he'll make the most of it.

So congrats to Anthony and Team Bombsquad.  See you at the WEC!

Check out Leone's championship fight highlight reel after jump.

The UFC on Versus 2 card is really picking up. We broke the news last week that Jon "Bones" Jones would be taking on Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko on August 1st, and now we've confirmed with sources close to the fight that Mike Massenzio (11-3) is going to fight Brian Stann (8-3) on the same show.  The bout has been agreed to by both parties and is a go.

Massenzio, who did not fight in 2009 due to injuries, is reported to be healed up and ready to go for this fight.  That's good news for the NJ fighter, who is managed by Team Bombsquad's Gary Marino and Ryan Ciotoli.  Mike always brings it in his fights, and now that he's 100 percent, he'll be looking to win impressively against Stann.  This fight is guaranteed to be fireworks.

Fireworks is a word that seems to be associated with Team Bombsquad frequently nowadays.  Marino and Ciotoli have compiled quite a team.  In addition to managing Jones and Massenzio, they have fighters fighting at all the major promotions.  Some of their top prospects include undefeated Pat "Awesomely Awesome" Audinwood, who won his M-1 Selection fight and will be moving on in the tourney; Pat Bennett, who recently signed with Bellator; undefeated Anthony Leone, who just beat Tateki Matdua to win the XCFL title; John Franchi of the WEC; Kevin Jordan of Strikeforce and many more.

We'll have lots more on this bout in the days and weeks ahead so stay tuned for more breaking news right here.  Also, check out this MMA Highlight reel of Mike Massenzio after the jump.

In another exclusive scoop, we are breaking the news that Jon "Bones" Jones, the rising UFC phenom, will be fighting Vladimir "The Janitor" Matyushenko on the UFC on Versus 2 card slated for August 1st in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Jones is coming off a very impressive performance at the first UFC Versus show last month where he pounded out Brandon Vera in the first round. He'll be looking to keep the buzz going against Matyushenko, who is coming off a decision victory over Eliot Marshall on the Jones vs. Vera undercard.

Sources close to Team Bombsquad have confirmed that the bout is verbally agreed to by both camps and all that's left is for the contracts to be signed.

We'll keep you updated with the details as they develop.  Check out this Jones HL video after the jump.

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I was able to catch-up with standout Sengoku featherweight Marlon Sandro for a quick interview.

16-1 Sandro burst onto the scene in last year's Sengoku Featherweight Gran Prix.  Along with Hatsu Hioki, Sandro was considered one of the favorites to win the tournament; a prediction that was hard to refute after Sandro crushed his first two opponents.  Sandro then advanced to a match with a rejuvenated Michihiro Omigawa, and ended up losing a razor-thin split decision in a fight that many believed Sandro should've won.  The outcome was increasingly controversial due to the fact that one of the judges on the panel was Omigawa's coach.

Sandro returned to the Sengoku ring a determined man, and once again quickly dispatched both of his opponents in the first round.  After Sandro's last fight at Sengoku 12, Masanori Kanehara, the winner of the 2009 Sengoku Gran Prix, took the center of the ring and announced an official challenge to Marlon Sandro.  Sandro and Sengoku were both in agreement, so the fight has been scheduled for June 20th, and the Sengoku Featherweight Championship will be on the line.

Marlon discusses the controversial loss to Omigawa, how he felt about being challenged by the champion, his training at the legendary Nova Uniao academy to prepare for Kanehara, and his certainty that his friend and training partner, Amilcar Alves, will become the champion of the Shine Fights promotion.

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