Menjivar will look for his fourth straight win in the UFC on
Saturday when he takes on Mike Easton
Ahead of the matchup, Menjivar joined the Sherdog
Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show to reflect on his career,
fighting Georges St.
Pierre and more.
On being told he may be Dominick
Cruz’s replacement against Urijah
Faber: “They contacted my manager and they told us I was
one of the three guys that maybe could go fight against Faber. I
said, ‘Yes, take my name. If you choose me, I’m going to be ready.
I’ll go to prepare.’ But they took ‘Barao.’ I said, ‘OK, no
problem,’ but they told me, ‘Don’t worry, you’re still on the card.
We’re going to find you a new opponent.’ Perfect. So no bad thing.
That’s part of the game. Everybody got lucky because the injury
happened many weeks before the show. I think the UFC was very
professional to try to find someone and everybody has a fight, so
that’s a good thing.”
On whether he knew Georges St.
Pierre would be great when they fought in 2002: “Yes and
no. He was good. At the same time, he was more -- he learned a lot
with us after about how to think before the fight, to get more
calm. We trained together after the fight. … People after the
fight, now they know me and they look at my name. ‘Oh man, you
fought Georges St.
Pierre?’ I say yes. And then they ask me what was the weight.
‘170.’ ‘What? You was that big?’ I say yes. I was like that before
because we didn’t have so many weight categories like today.”
On whether he trained during his time away from MMA: “I kept
training. I continued training. I never stopped training. … Even
with my knee, a bad injury, I’d go to the gym and do a little
jiu-jitsu slowly. I didn’t get fat. That’s important. I didn’t get
On working as a customs agent while not competing: “There
were funny moments. I was working the line and people wanted to
take pictures with me, autographs. ‘Would you sign your autograph?’
And then my boss looked at me: ‘Why people want to sign autograph
with you? Why people want to take picture with you?’ ‘Oh because
they know me. I’m a professional fighter.’ That was fun, to explain
to managers who you are really.”
On whether he’s recognized in the United States: “Not
really. I don’t know. Some fans recognize me. The real fans
recognize me. ‘Can I take a picture with you?’ I say yes. But I’m
not that popular like Georges. It’s good, but I want to be more
popular. I’ve got to try to find more sponsors, and that can help
me a little more with my career. One day.”
On whether he’s recognized in Canada: “The young Canadian
fans, they know me. Not all the ones. Only the generation of people
watching the sport. I’d say if one day the little grandma walking
the street, if she recognizes me, that’s when I’m going to be on a
new level of popularity. Because she’s going to know: ‘Oh, this is
the guy fighting on TV.’ That’s going to be another level of
On his UFC 148 bout against Easton: “I want to give
everything to make a beautiful fight. That’s my first goal. One
round, two rounds, three rounds of having fun. I just want to
express myself, let my body go and make a beautiful fight. After
the bell rings, I just want people to enjoy the moment. Win or
lose, it doesn’t matter. I just want to come out of the ring and be
happy. I want to see people jumping and saying, ‘I loved your
fight. You were the best fight of the night.’”
Listen to the full
interview (beginning at 55:45).