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On this episode of Full Contact Fighter Radio, host Jeff "Wombat" Meszaros and James Kellaris discuss the latest hot news in the world of mixed martial arts. First, the UFC has announced that Brock Lesnar and Junior Dos Santos will be the next coaches on The Ultimate Fighter and will then collide for the No. 1 contender slot and a shot at Cain Velasquez down the road. Will Dos Santos smash Lesnar? Can Lesnar learn enough striking to deal with the onslaught the Brazilian will bring to the cage? Tune in and hear what we think, then hang around as we roll onto the topic of the Strikeforce heavyweight tournament, where Alistair Overeem will take on Fabricio Werdum and Fedor Emelianenko will face Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva. Who will reign supreme? Can Overeem retain his title as he runs through the tournament? What about Josh Barnett vs. Brett Rogers? Or Andrei Arlovski vs. Sergei Kharitonov? Will any of these fights look like a scene from "Best of the Best" part 2 (or 3?). We're not sure but we're ready to discuss it with a level of strict sobriety that borders on tedious.
Then, hang on as we bring in Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, who just won his third professional mixed martial arts fight in Strikeforce. What's it like talking to a man who went to the Olympics twice and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in mechanical engineering? Tune in and hear for yourself. Wow. It's another show worth telling your neighbors about even if they're still mad that your cat craps in their rose garden.
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Dos Santos had been scheduled to face Velasquez next; however, a torn rotator cuff will likely prevent Velasquez from competing until mid to late 2011.
“It’s gonna be a very interesting six weeks of filming,” White was quoted saying on the official UFC site. “These two will coach, then they’ll fight, and the winner of the fight will fight Cain Velasquez when he’s healthy."
The announcement ends weeks of speculation as to what Lesnar (5-2) would elect to do next, following his first round, stoppage loss at the hands of Velasquez in October.
The show and subsequent bout will also keep dos Santos busy, who reportedly was not happy about the prospect of remaining idle while Velazquez rehabbed his shoulder for six to eight months. Dos Santos (11-1) was originally awarded a title shot after the Brazilian dominated TUF 10 winner Roy Nelson, for the unanimous decision victory in August.
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Shawn Obasi, New York’s infamous “Wing Chun Man”, has kept himself pretty busy lately. For the past few months the he’s been training diligently for his professional MMA debut, and last week the hard-hitting kung fu stylist fought a challenge match against Internet personality “Bloodstain Lane” at a gym in Brooklyn. FCF caught up with Obasi (pictured) to get the scoop on what the polarizing underground veteran has been up to.
“I’ve just been training super-duper hard, getting ready for my pro debut,” said Obasi, who splits his time between Grados Wing Chun and Alliance BJJ, and has gone from 278 pounds to 210. “I’m going to be fighting for the light-heavyweight belt at Brick City Fighting Championships against Carlos Cline. He’s a Gracie fighter so I’m really looking forward to that.”
How did the Bloodstain Lane challenge match come about? “He was on Facebook and I was on Facebook, and it’s kind of funny how that came about. In my head I was saying, ‘Man, this guy talks so much shit about MMA fighters and how they lay-and-pray’, and he was talking about how he’d kick someone’s ass and do this and that. And I was saying, ‘You know, I would like to fight this guy, but I don’t know how to go about it.’ Well, one day he left a post saying, ‘I’m going to be at Brooklyn Fight Factory sparring. If any of you bozos want to come down and spar with me, come on out.’ I was like, oh wow. This would be a great opportunity. I left him a message asking what time, and all of sudden people on the thread started realizing who I was. Then it became crazy. It was on Twitter and all over the place, so we decided we were going to meet up and bang it out, and we did.”
The subsequent video of the match, which made the rounds on the Internet, show Bloodstain Lane taking the Wing Chun rep down repeatedly, but unable to do much while there. It ends with Obasi snagging an armbar in the third round. Obasi’s thoughts on the fight?
“It went okay. I want people to understand it was just like a sparring match, not a full-contact thing. I had spoken to Bloodstain Lane before, and he’d specifically asked me not to go hard, so I was going about 45 percent. I won in the last round with an armbar, and I didn’t use any Wing Chun. The reason why is, 1) I wasn’t really trying to hurt the guy, and 2) I wanted to test myself. The way I was testing myself was by letting the guy put me into bad situations and letting the guy do what he wanted.”
“My teacher said something to me a while back and it stuck in my head. He said, ‘Shawn, when you start to win fights by beating people effortlessly, that’s when you know you’ve reached a high-level of martial arts.’ When people see the video they can tell that I wasn’t aggressive. I was pretty much relaxed. And it makes me feel good that someone was going 100 percent and I was going 45 percent and I could still beat them. But it wasn’t really I big deal.”
Will Obasi step into the cage against Cline with the same intensity? “Absolutely not. What you’re going to see is a culmination of that same theory of ‘effortlessness’, but you’ll also see emotional content. You will know I’m fighting when you see the expressions on my face – I make crazy expressions on my face. You can hear me raise my chi. And that’s how you’ll know I’m fighting for real. When I fight Carlos Cline I’m going to go at him with everything I got. This is not a game, this is the professional level. I’m getting paid for this. I have expectations to live up to, and trust me when I tell you, when there’s a belt on the line, there’s no games.”
With no sanctioned matches to his name, Obasi finds himself in the unique position of fighting for a championship title in his pro debut – a feat due in no small part to his reputation as a tough fighter, as well as his ability to generate hype. But the man whose YouTube highlight reel includes an emotional tirade at last year’s M-1 Global tryouts (“I’m a Wing Chun man! I’ll be a Wing Chun man until the day I die!”) is taking it all in stride. “It’s a really great feeling that I’m going to fight for the belt,” he says. “And it’s crazy because once I do win, I will be Wing Chun’s first MMA champion. It’s going to be really big. I have a chance to make history. Everything I’ve ever wanted, I have the opportunity to make it happen.”
Adds Obasi: “I feel really great. I’m ready to go out and crush the guy.”
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