15 minutes with Rory MacDonald
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Fight Nerd correspondent Phoenix Carnevale spoke with rising UFC superstar Rory MacDonald at the 2012 NYC Paradise Warrior Retreat. The two spoke about his thoughts on training with veterans, nicknames, what got him into MMA and dealing with the pressure of being on the big show at such a young age, and how he plans to evolve as a fighter, plus much more. Filmed by Jorge Abreu.
Fight Nerd correspondent Phoenix Carnevale spoke with kickboxing legend, Rob Kaman, at the 2012 NYC Paradise Warrior Retreat to discuss how the dutch style of Muay Thai has transitioned into MMA, as well as who he is training in MMA now, adjusting from being a fighter to a teacher, and who the best kickboxer in MMA is right now, plus more. more
Fight Nerd correspondent Phoenix Carnevale spoke with the legendary Renzo Gracie during the NYC Paradise Warrior Retreat about what makes a good student, teacher, how a fighter grows, and more. more
Fight Nerd correspondent Phoenix Carnevale spoke with Yoram Gazit, promoter of the Paradise Warrior Retreat, which is a series of traveling seminars that features some of the top fighters and coaches in the world educating students in their fields of expertise. Yoram discusses the inspiration for creating the seminar series, as well as his background and history of the events, and what makes for good coaches in the sport. more
Check out this technique, filmed at the 2012 NYC Paradise Warrior Retreat, featuring UFC fighter Rory MacDonald teaching some very useful skills from top control. Here in the mount, Rory shows you how to control, dominate, and finish however you may please from this highly advantageous position. more
Fight Nerd correspondent Michael Stets spoke with Jamie Varner at the MMA World Expo to talk about his return to the UFC, the highs and lows of that comeback into the promotion, his plans for a title run in 2013 and signing a new four fight deal with the company. Varner also told us he asked for a match against Rafael Dos Anjos and hopes to get that fight in April or May, and also tells us much more about the lightweight rankings and state of the division.
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Fight Nerd correspondant Syl Peterkin spoke with the M-1 Global Light-Heavyweight champion, Vinny Magalhaes this weekend at the "Ultimate Absolute" no-gi grappling tournament. Vinny beat Marcos "Buchecha" Almeida by toehold in the first round, then Daniel Gracie in the second round with a banana split, but was defeated by the grand champion Andre Galvao in the semi-finals.
Magalhaes discussed the tournament and what went wrong against Andre, and gives us some insight as to what is next with his contract with M-1 Global, including his plans are after his final fight with the company is done this October. more
Grappling legend and MMA veteran Renzo Gracie spoke with Fight Nerd correspondent Syl Peterkin after the "Ultimate Absolute" no-gi grappling tournament this weekend in New York City. Renzo spoke about the tournament itself, and talked to us about what is next for his MMA career, including a return to the UFC soon. more
Demiana Maia spoke with Fight Nerd reporter Hiroko Yamamura yesterday at the UFC on Fox 2 press workout in Chicago to break down his fight this weekend against Chris Weidman. Maia spoke about having his opponent changed on such short notice, his thoughts on Weidman's grappling abilities, how Maia's striking has improved since his last time in the cage, fighting on broadcast TV, and why he likes Chicago so much! more
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