Video Interviews & Profiles

Jim Miller is coming off a loss to Ben Henderson, and while he doesn't make excuses, he does reveal that he had mono and a kidney infection at the time.  The fight with Bendo could have earned Jim a shot at Frankie Edgar's title, but he is content to work his way back up the UFC LW ranks.

Miller's next fight is against Melvin Guillard, and it's the headlining bout on UFC on FX1 next month.  Guillard is a dangerous opponent, but Miller feels that where Melvin is weak, he is strong.  Melvin is also coming off a loss, so this is an extremely important fight for both men.

Kristen Brown interviewed Jim Miller and here is the video.

Phil Davis is looking forward to his upcoming fight with Rashad Evans, a fight with definite title implications.  Both men have wrestling backgrounds, but Davis feels he's on a much higher level in that regard than Evans.  In this video interview he says:

"We're both known for excellent wrestling, but only one of us actually has it."

Fighting words?  Of course.  The hype on this match has been growing nicely.  If Davis does manage to beat Rashad, which is a tall order, he will likely be in line for a title shot against Jon Jones.  If Rashad wins, he will almost certainly be next in line for the champion ship bout.  Here's the complete video interview.

Fabricio Werdum is back in the UFC and is looking to reestablish in the heavyweight.  The BJJ blackbelt is doing lots of stand up training and promises that he'll "knock out the guy or the guy will knock out" him.  Werdum is a talented HW and it's great to see him back in the UFC.  Maybe he'll get his rubber match with Alistair Overeem there one day.  Here's the video interview.

Mike Massenzio is injury free and very much looking forward to his upcoming fight with Rousimar Palhares at UFC 142 in Brazil.  Palhares is a great fighter but some of his in ring antics have fans wondering if the guy is right in the head.  He's a heel hook master, and has been known to hold submissions for too long, but none of this worries Mike.  Massenzio believes that to be the best you need to beat the best and he is pumped to be getting this opportunity.  Here's an interview I did with Mike on Saturday at the Dead Serious MMA show in Rahway.  Yes, I say Atlantic City in the video, sometimes I don't even know where I am.  Guess I'm as crazy as Mike and Ruousimar!

 

 

Frank Mir did what many MMA fans thought was impossible: he submitted Antonio "Big Nog" Nogueira. The fight was going Big Nog's way after he rocked Mir with punches, but on the ground, instead of trying to finish Mir with strikes, Nog went for a guillotine choke. Mir turned the tables by slapping on a kimura, which in hindsight Nog should have tapped to. Instead, Big Nog tried to tough it out, the result of which was a broken arm for the Brazilian fighting legend. In this interview with Sherdog's Jordan Breen, Mir talks about the feeling he had at the moment he broke Big Nog's arm, describing it as "twisting a bag of potato chips."

Frank Mir. All that and a bag of chips.

Whether you're new to MMA or a gristled veteran of old school NHB, this video of Royce Gracie discussing his UFC 1 fight with Ken Shamrock delivers the goods.  Learn about the history of the sport with the man who made it all possible.

Costa Philippou makes his return to the UFC Octagon tonight at UFC 140 in Toronto, Canada.  A former boxer, Costa trains out of the Serra-Longo camp on Long Island and is known for his hard hitting hands.  Costa began his professional MMA career fighting at Lou Neglia's Ring of Combat promotion in New Jersey, and amassed a 7-1 record there before being called up to the UFC.

In his last UFC fight, at UFC 133 in Philadelphia, Costa beat Jorge Rivera by decision.  Tonight he faces Jared Hamman, who is 16-3 and coming off a TKO victory over C.B. Dollaway.  Like Costa, Jared likes to throw bombs, and this fight is guaranteed to be fireworks.  Despite a stellar card, there's a good chance that this bout will earn Fight of the Night honors, so be sure to catch it on ION TV.

Kristen Brown did an in depth interview with Costa recently, which I present for your view pleasure here.  Part 2 of the interview after the jump.

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