Ring is a faster fight platform and I like how you can trap folks in corners.
Overall though...dirt and stone walled pit like in Conan The Barbarian.
SMC Blackhearts -
Please tell us how you first met and started training with Eric Paulson. Do you still train with him? If so how often? How much has influenced your personal grappling/ MMA style? Thanks!
I met him back when I was 19...so shortly after the dark ages...
Matt Hume brought me to take his seminar and as I was already familiar with how talented a fighter he was I kept studying his material on tapes and taking his seminars whenever he came to Seattle.
when it was time for a change he was really one of the only people I could imagine training me.
Erik is part of a mold of fighters like myself and Matt Hume who are very well rounded and crebral when it comes to fighting. He has influenced me in many ways even before training under him ditrectly.
pureso power!!!!!!!!! do you miss wrestling for njpw!?
Physically it is very tough and there isn't a lot of downtime between matches either. Plus "the show must go on" whether you get hurt or not.
The most difficult aspect to pro wrestling though is developing ring psychology and character. Much more difficult than people realize. This is whay most MMA guys wouldn't stand a chance doing pro wrestling. Do all the moves you want but if there's no story being told and you're pulling the crowd into it emotionally then you've failed.
World Peace's Left Elbow
Greatest band you've ever seen perform live?
Those guys were part of the style that helped define Matt hume my first teachers style and even Sayama and his guys worked with Matt and of course trained Erik Paulson. It's no mistake that I have stayed in the company of the ancestors of Gotch and Billy Robinson. I believe in the style and in how they trained.
What is your most cherished mma moment?
Winning the King of Pancrase title from Yuki Kondo.
It's such an important piece of MMA history and my original coach, Matt Hume, was in the first KOP tournament. 10 years later I was able to come back to Pancrase and claim that title and in a way, complete a circle that started with my trainer. Also, I went in there with Enson Inoue and NJPW prowrestlers in my corner and I was carrying the flag of NJPW. It was a big moment and I was very proud to bring honor and respect to pro wrestling.
And to hold the same belt Bas, Funaki, Ken, Frank, Guy, Kondo, Schilt, Suzuki, etc held....WOW
Oh and what was your first sexual experience like?
Violent, bloody, horrifying, filled with tortured screams, and everything was on fire.
To be honest...not much has changed.
The Internet has been wanting to see you vs frank Mir for a long time. Have you guys ever trained with each other or have you ever entertained fighting him? If so what advantages do you think you would have over him? What would you have to watch out for?
i think he was simply ready to put it all behind him. He retired becasue his heart wasn't there and that's the way I see it. Yes he had some losses at the end but I truly believe it is becasue he wasn't motivated not because he wasn't capable.
Josh, I am a journalism student and would love to write a feature on you.
What made you get into MMA?
what is the most memorable fight of your career?
which fighter/martial artist/wrestler/athlete influenced you the most or is there any fighter you admire the most?
what was the most devastating loss of your career and what did it teach you?
what are some advantages that your catch wrestling style has over bjj?
what was it like to be part of mma's huge growth/popularity surge over the years?
any cool stories about your dealings with pride/DSE?
what is harder on the body: pro wrestling or mma?
who do you want first in the UFC?
Thanks Josh, always been a fan.
Compared to most top level fighters, you seem to have a lot else going; cars, pro wrestling etc.
If/when you get back to the UFC, do you plan to focus closer to 100% on fighting or keep the status quo? And... Do you think outside interests have attributed to your longevity in the sport (not so much injury-wise but focus and motivation).
Hmm. Mentally...I'm sure it does. But I trained and acquired so much technical skills over the years I don't have to out athlete guys. I out fight them.
chokeyou - Two questions...
#1 - Do you regret part or all of the way you handled your previous relationship with ZUFFA?
#2 What percentage of the heavies on the current UFC roster could last an entire round with you?
I do and I don't. I do because it was handled entirely the wrong way and was very young and not aware of the damage that was being done at the time on my behalf. It's no secret that negotiations can be very tricky anyways. It didn't have to go the way it did.
The don't is simply because I ended up in Japan and doing what I did there i wouldn't trade that experience for anything. I got to see and do things 99% of the fighters in this sport never will. It was an amazing life experience living and training over there. Fighting and prowrestling
#2 an entire round? Not many. Although i do have a tendency to put the hammer down in the 2nd...I'd walk over most guys there.
Josh, do you play any musical instruments?
I'm huge fan from Croatia, and i enjoyed your podcasts a lot (you should start your own podcast). I have few questions.
•how would you comment CroCop's decline in UFC? He was brought as GP winner (btw, i'd really love that there was a fight between you two when both are 100% ready with no freak injury endings etc.) and then he failed to meet the expectations of UFC
•are you planning to do any catch wrestling instructionals besides those that are already out?
•any seminars on your schedule for europe or?
Thnx and good luck against Nandor. Please finish him fast, his last few fights were horrible, especially the last one against Zahariev were i fell asleep after 7 minutes of "fighting".
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