Shannon Lee on "I am Bruce Lee" documentary & if her father created MMA
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The Fight Nerd spoke with Shannon Lee, the daughter of the legendary Bruce Lee and head of the Bruce Lee Foundation. Shannon also stars in the new documentary about her father, "I am Bruce Lee," made by Pete McCormack.
We spoke with Shannon about the new film and why this one is so different from the others made about Bruce, how the legacy of her father continues to stay important nearly 40 years after his passing, and discuss if Bruce truly was the father of MMA, as well as talk a bit about her love of MMA, and more!
Pete McCormack, director the new "I am Bruce Lee" documentary, spoke with The Fight Nerd recently about his latest film.
McCormack, who also directed "Facing Ali" about Muhammad Ali, tells us about his inspiration for making this documentary about Lee, as well as why this film is different from the other ones out there about the same subject. Pete also discusses the similarities between Ali and Lee, why so many different people continue to identify with Lee, and why Bruce is still relevant nearly 40 years after his passing, plus much more. more
The Fight Nerd spoke with Dr. Paul Bowman of Cardiff University to discuss his extremely fascinating book, "Theorizing Bruce Lee: Film-Fantasy-Fighting-Philosophy" . Dr. Bowman also appears prominently in the new documentary film by Pete McCormack, "I am Bruce Lee."
We spoke about the cultural importance of Bruce Lee from the 70's to today and why he remains so relevant and important, as well as breaking down where many of Bruce's philosophies on martial arts stemmed from and just what they actually mean. This is a truly unique interview on this site and one that all students of Martial Arts philosophy should listen to! more
The Fight Nerd spoke with Kru Phil Nurse at the MMA World Expo 2010 to talk about training Georges St. Pierre for his upcoming UFC welterweight title fight against Josh Koscheck, Frankie Edgar's recent successes over BJ Penn for the UFC Lightweight title, and how he takes people from different pedigrees and brings their striking prowess up to amazing levels. Phil also talks to us about MMA in NY and tells us about his new location for his Muay Thai gym, "The Wat", in Manhattan. more
The legendary Renzo Gracie talks about his UFC debut against Matt Hughes with The Fight Nerd and what went wrong for Renzo, as well as his pupil Ricardo Almeida who also fell to Hughes. Renzo gives us his thoughts on the oddness of Toney VS Couture, how training is different for him at this age, how Jason "Mayhem" Miller can defeat Kazushi Sakuraba at this weekend's DREAM event, and if Renzo wants to fight Sak one more time. Plus, Renzo explains how to say "The Fight Nerd" in Portugese! Finally! more
Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney spoke with The Fight Nerd after an exciting night of fights at Bellator 33 in Philadelphia. Bjorn discusses the outcome of the event, thoughts on the fighters performances including Lyman Good, Ben Askren, and Eddie Alvarez. Rebney also tells us about what the future holds for Roger Huerta and what the next step is in the evolution of Bellator FC. Lastly, Bellator VS Strikeforce - could it happen? more
The Fight Nerd talks with the Andrew Dice Clay of MMA, Bloodstain Lane at the MMA World Expo 2010. We discuss his recent beef with the fighters from Greg Jackson's camp, hear his thoughts on Japanese MMA & kickboxing and pro boxing and why today's MMA fanbase is not as interested in them as they used to be, and we curse a lot. Can't beat that! more
Judo Olympiad turned MMA fighter Rick Hawn spoke with The Fight Nerd after his decision win against Lyman Good at Bellator 39. Rick breaks down the match and look ahead in the welterweight tournament, dissecting a potential match with Bellator's welterweight champion Ben Askren. Hawn also talks about his new training regime with Renzo Gracie and Mark Dellagrotte, and talks about the 2012 Summer Olympics. more
Tom "Da' Tank" Gallicchio spoke with The Fight Nerd this week about his upcoming match in M-1 Challenge 27 in Arizona on October 14 against Daniel Madrid. Gallicchio spoke about how he prepared for this fight, as well as on the new training camp he instituted for this fight. We also spoke about his history with M-1 so far and his thoughts on his treatment with them, his toughest fight in the company, and his opinion on the man he beat in the finals, Len Bentley, ending up on "The Ultimate Fighter" season 13 and not him. Plus, Tom makes a big announcement about his future in MMA, namely changing weight classes, and then we nerd it up and talk video games. more
The Fight Nerd spoke with MMA journalist, Jim Genia, who has a prolific career in MMA reporting. While covering professional combat sports, Jim found himself in the world of underground fighting in New York, and has written a book on his experiences with that scene titled, "Raw Combat: The Underground World of MMA". We discussed his impetus for writing a book on this topic, as well as how he first got into this seedy underworld of martial arts, and if he thinks it will disappear once MMA is legalized in NY, as well as why MMA still is not okay in "The Big Apple". more
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