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and we're ready to talk about US 50 to 54 which took place on Saturday along with all the little tidbits surrounding that event, including the retirement of one of the goats.
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That's right, folks.
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So I'm gorgeous.
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George, that's goes here on SportsCastr again are permanent spot Monday and Thursday.
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Catch our show. Noon Eastern. It's life, folks.
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We're gonna be here for the next hour.
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We're gonna discuss Habib Tomoko Madoff's historic title defense versus just engaging.
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It was a unit that was the title unification bout, and they're Magomadov came out with both belts.
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Not only that, he then retired immediately afterwards, which partially shocked me.
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But then again, I mean kind of did this with Henry Cejudo a few months ago.
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Fighters in their prime that just decided a, you know, call it quits for different reasons.
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So we'll definitely go over that.
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Robert Whitaker defeated Jared Canon here in the co main event.
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Alexander Volkov defeated Walt Harris in the feature bout will go over.
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The whole main card will go over the problems, and we got a guest.
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Fatah honeymoon.
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Our colleague at M M, a junkie who was in Fight Island for the past five weeks and we'll get a summary from her not only of U.
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S C.
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2 54 but the whole experience out there for the five week run that the UFC had in Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi Alright, folks, buckle up.
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It's ever made. Junkie radio.
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We'll be right back.
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10 seconds, I promise.
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Alright, so let's just go right to it, Man Beaten Amalgamated Fighting Just engaging in the main event UFC 2 54.
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Hopefully you guys watched along with us.
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We had our UFC 2 54 watch along here on SportsCastr We had a blast Thanks again the SportsCastr for allowing you have to happen on Of course, it was the second round submission Habib Tomoko Madoff had his hand raised.
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It was really, really a great performance by Habib Tomoko Madoff.
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Hey seemed to be in control for pretty much the whole fight.
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Albeit there were some moments where just engage You landed some great leg kicks on, you know, some nice punches and had some answers on the on the takedown defense side.
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But this that fight was moving goes it was moving at a high pace and Herbie was on a mission.
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Yeah, dare I say? Hubby actually looked like he improved, if that's even possible, because, really, the question marks going into the spider.
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What if a guy like just engaging who's so awkward and can throw with so much power from different angles? What if he lands? Well? Justin landed and Habib took it.
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And not only did he beat take it, he came forward and he threw punches of his own.
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Hey was in Justin's element for a while, and then he did get his take downs that he needed.
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And then eventually, just the way was able to pass the guard and get that choke.
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That's pretty legendary.
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And then afterwards, of course, him expressing just how much all this meant to him on breaking down in the center of the cage kind of reminds a lot of us of Michael Jordan a little bit when when he lost his father, so it was overall, you know, the whole the entire card was fun.
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The whole day was fun and we started off early this time, right at 10 a.
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m. And even that was kind of different.
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But it was fighting.
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Yeah, it wasn't a country with a Yeah, for sure, man.
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It was a good time.
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Uh, Abner Magomadov, like go said he took Justine's best punch.
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He didn't taken assault of punches.
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Like, a lot of Just engage the opponents have been on the wrong side of you know, where you where you look back and go.
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Whoa, whoa.
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I got hit by 50 or 70 significant strikes.
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No, it wasn't like that, because again, the fight ended in the second round, But he did get hit with some.
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He got hit with some leg kicks, which, by the way, Justin said he he nailed him with some good ones.
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And he thinks B would have been troubled that the fight kept going.
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But I think that too.
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I don't want to say he'll be walked through him, but they didn't stop him, you know? So hey, could only answer that.
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He'll be, you know, a faras the damage that he took.
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But either way, it didn't stop him from what he wanted to do.
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And then eventually, when he got him to the ground goes, it looked like it looked like just a big brother playing with his little brother.
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I mean, He was so strong, you know? And he was trapping his arm and looked like he wanted to go for the arm bar.
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And But the way just mounted him and did that, you know, he set the triangle up from the top.
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E.
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He did it with such force, you know, like he gay.
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He couldn't stop gauge you couldn't stop him.
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You couldn't stop him from doing what what he had set out to do, you know? And that's how he beat him.
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He triangle them, you know.
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But I think all of it was just not only from technique but brute strength.
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You know, looking back on it, I don't think that was one of it was one of Habib's best performances, but it was actually one of Justin's poor performances.
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There was something about that.
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I don't know if the moment got to him what he just seemed like a little tired or like his energy was just running two months.
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Yeah, it was just odd.
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It was a little odd for just engaging, but he did land the leg kicks.
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He did land his shots.
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He just wasn't able to get the job done.
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And it's because of how great how be, really is.
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Yeah, we noted that on the watch along he seemed he was like he was getting tired and look.
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It was a torrid pace, for sure.
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And when you get hit, that also saps your energy.
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It's not just, you know, it's not just the cardio itself.
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I mean, when you're getting hit, you know it's gonna bring down your energy meter.
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And here's the thing with that, though.
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I think at the end, when he did an interview with Meghan A Levy, he said he had a good time.
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He got the adrenaline dump that he gets from fights, but still, usually when fighters say that the adrenaline dump, I think what they're meaning is the high I get from competing, you know? But he started droning them, and I almost felt like he had that. That usually happens, too.
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Inexperienced fighters, but hobby Excuse me? Yeah, Justin was moving around so much, he looked like he was flailing his arms like, don't don't get me wrong.
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I mean, he did what it took to stop takedowns, you know, which was a lot of it was wrestling, but a lot of it seemed like like he was in a panic.
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Um, and in doing so, I don't know that he was controlling his breathing and staying calm.
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And, um, you know, I see Justin throw some wild punches, but I've also seen him throw some straight punches.
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And I didn't see straight punches on Saturday after I saw wild punches except for his uppercut.
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That's always there.
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But still, for the most part, he was just on his back foot and was all do the Habib's pressure and we don't know.
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Maybe Habib also blows the gas getting around three or four because I was quite a pace for him.
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But that with Habib, it's hard to poke holes into anything he does because he's 29 no, he's 29 overall, you know, and like 14 to know in the UFC with three title defenses, you know it's speculating on him other than to say he's great is a great mistake.
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I will agree with this, though.
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Had that fight gone a little longer, there's Habib would have had to done something to nullify those kicks because I could tell they were already starting to maybe bother him a little bit.
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So just a couple more, I think really would have hindered him.
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And think about wrestlers.
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You know, that explosion that you need from that front leg? If it ain't there, it could have been rough.
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But then that being said, Habib actually stood in front of them and exchange exchange punches.
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So I don't know.
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I mean, fighters, even even that late in their career still get better.
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And I think Habib showed that he got better.
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Yeah, nobody's been ableto mall G like that.
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Even the fights that gauges lost, you know, against Alvarez employ.
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You know, he was putting it on them, too.
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But this was a little bit more of a one sided affair and even gauge.
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He looked like he was standing there, humbled like, Hey, man, I'm just in the presence of a great fighter And it was an honor to fight him.
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He said all the right things leading up to the fight and coming out of the fight, I was very, very impressed with just engaging.
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And how do you not include him in the future plans off the UFC lightweight division? Because, like we said, folks of even Armando Madoff retired.
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I saw it coming.
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Obviously, once he started taking off the gloves, I was like, Here we go.
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I thought for a second.
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Well, actually, let's go through it step by step.
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He gets the submission and then he goes to the center of the Octagon and he kind of pushes this like, not physically pushes.
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But he kind of just tells his teammates, like his corner man, you know, who are obviously about to enter the octagon, just kind of give me a moment.
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And then he goes straight to the ground and I knew obviously that was probably all the emotions coming out from this being the first time that that he can't celebrate with his father.
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He's fought without his father present, but not without his father.
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You know, being alive, knowing that he's cheering him on wherever he's at.
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And he did a whole training camp without his dad as well, you know, I think all of that just came out.
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Then he shared with us the promise that he made with his mom that he just wouldn't fight because if he can't fight with his dad, he's not interested in fighting so but But still, he was really, really emotional.
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And I mean that that that was it was difficult to see for me because I just felt for him, you know? And so as he starts taking off the gloves, I just start thinking back to that emotional moment that I had and I'm like, Yeah, it's gotta be that he's he's going to retire.
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You know, I don't like it when fighters do it right then and there because there's many ways the, you know, slice this pie up in terms of, Well, why did he do it? Because of this because of his age? Because the money is not right? No, he's in his prime folks.
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He took very little damage.
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He could probably fight.
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You know how we always say, Hey, we've got to get one more.
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And before Ramadan, which is April 2021 he could get one more in, you know, and they could be against McGregor, a very lucrative fight.
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But he just you know, he went through his steps, he took off the gloves, he collected himself, and he just said, That's it, he wants, He wants to hang it up he's done and I don't know, it goes, I guess my first question is, what did you think of his retirement announcement? And then you lead things off in terms of do you think he'll be back? I understood it.
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I really did.
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Um, he gave all of the background that you You really don't need to hear too much in that situation, considering what he went through.
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And if you look at some of the things that he said in the past, he doesn't seem to be a guy that really goes back on too many things.
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I think there have probably been moments where they could have put that Connor fight together the rematch and like you said, that's a very big payday, and he's kind of walked away from that because of his principles and his dislike of Connor McGregor.
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Eso I can only equate it to that in that when when Habib says something, it seems like he really does mean it, like his word means something.
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So So I had to guess.
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I would have to say that this is something that's going to stick.
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Actually, no, let me say it this way.
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In his head.
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I believe that he believes he is retired and done, but in the subsequent months, maybe even a year later, I think there's just some kind of juices in a competitors that come out and the avoid kind of goes away.
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And I think when you see somebody else holding your bell, all that stuff, I do think something comes out of you.
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And I think maybe at that time he'll reassess and possibly come back.
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Um, he's got to deal with the loss of his father, and he's got to be there for his family.
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And so I understand that.
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But I do think eventually he may come back.
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Yeah, this is in a retirement alone.
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It's a retirement during this horrible pandemic that we're in that took the life of his father that attacked many in the village where he's from in Dagestan.
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He's got a lot to process.
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He's got a lot to, you know, get over.
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I mean, just getting out of the United States and finding his way to, you know, back to Russia and then from there to Abu Dhabi and then from Abu Dhabi to get out to get back to Russia.
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all this while remember, his father battled for a while.
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His father was a warrior man.
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He didn't just, you know Hey, had a couple bouts.
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I believe Hey was in a coma.
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I know that.
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And he came out of Imagine all that, man.
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He's had a lot to go through in 2020.
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That cannot be easy.
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And, yeah, like Go said, You know, there's a lot of fighters.
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There's a lot of athletes that have these principles, and you, you look and Satan, that guy, that's a man of his word folks.
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It has nothing to do with that.
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Sometimes you realize that that's just a position that you're in an opportunity comes, comes where, uh, you can't turn your back on goes and I mess around all day with our friends and family.
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What if if a millionaire or billionaire said this, what if, you know, trust me, there seems to be a price for everything.
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But, you know, look, I can think of Barry Sanders.
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She seemed like a very principled man.
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He was a running back in the NFL who who said I'm done at his peak and he's been done, you know, There's been a lot of fighters and excuse me, athletes that have walked away and come back, But it has nothing to do.
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I don't think with money, your upbringing, your principles, your religion and Mohammed Ali was, you know, practice Islam.
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And he came back a few times, so I don't know if he never comes back, it wouldn't shock me.
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And if he comes back, it wouldn't shock me.
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I just think the more likely scenario is that he could come back and you brought up Connor.
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McGregor goes, How many times did he say he wouldn't fight him unless Connor one you know, 10,500 fights or this or that? And then all of a sudden he started warming up to him.
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You know, like I think fighters.
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It's this little mind game that fighters play.
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Athletes play with each other, you know, and they come around.
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I never thought Joe Montana would play for any team other than the 40 Niners, you know.
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And it happened.
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Emmitt Smith.
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For the Cowboys, he's long.
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These fighters, longtime athletes, you know, with with a certain organization, you know, Kobe Bryant went 20 years with the Lakers hats off, but he almost signed with the Clippers.
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One time there was a offer tendered and everything.
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So trust me, it just seems to be a right time in the right price for everybody.
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We will see.
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But in the meantime goes I guess we have some sort of a vacancy.
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I don't know how quick do you if he's gonna move to fill it? Um, a beacon.
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Always vacate and come back.
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It's not like you have to think about it and hold on to the titles.
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And if so, you've had some time to process it now, about 36 hours.
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What would you like to do with that division? I mean, if I had my way tournament all day, baby.
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Okay, E.
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I mean, come on, man.
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Look, it's a division where you have that type of death and you have so much debt that you could even have a couple alternates where if they stepped in it still be monsters in this thing.
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On Ben, you have your own UFC rankings, which I think at that point you just gotta use them.
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Just use those and see them that way.
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The only thing that would be kind of difficult is, I guess, Connor an employee.
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But you just break that up, man, and you look at the UFC rankings or think the way it would end up being is Connor would end up fighting Dan Hooker, I think.
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And then the Onley thing I would tweak it was Look, man, you just signed Michael Chandler.
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There's no way around it.
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The guy's not ranked, but he deserved to be in a tournament like that.
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So you just take the number eight, given the number eight spot, you know, and throw him in there.
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Um, that's what I would do in a perfect world.
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But I don't Dana.
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It was always said that they're just done with tournaments.
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They're not going to do it.
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I mean, get a sponsor and and make it a $10 million Grand Prix or something like that.
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You know that when they call it a Grand Prix, it sounds big or a tournament, but this is special cir***stances.
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And these, by the way, I've come up a lot.
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I mean, we could have done something with the light heavyweights, but let go so that division is super super stacked and it has old Connor McGregor in it.
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They could do something.
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They could do a four man tournament.
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And you're not gonna like this.
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And others Michael Chandler.
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But it looks like he'd be left out of I think you gotta go with boy E g.
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Ferguson and Connor there.
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If you go eight man tournament, I think there's an argument to be made for Chandler, their recent free agency signing.
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Who they thought so much of that he was ready to step in and fight for the title if either of these two guys couldn't have made it to the dance.
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Heck, we haven't even discussed that way.
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And by the way, because we haven't been with you since last Thursday.
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But I think that's water under the bridge at this point.
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Ah, controversial way.
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And maybe we'll touch on it when when Fatah Hanun joins us, our colleague.
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But if you go 16 man, who now you really open things up, you know, because even at at a good fighters were getting left out at eight.
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Who are probably like, What have I got to do? You know what I mean.
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At 16 you could make it interesting you could go 12 and give the top for a by, you know, to recover because, hey, here's how I am Packet.
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If you only go for men, you you have to go boy.
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Connor, Ferguson, G.
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And I know a lot of people would say, Well, McGregor employees is made.
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Let's have them do it and then let's have the other to do it.
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I don't want those.
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I don't want those that set of four to run it back. They vault.
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They've all fought McGregor.
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**** had 45 gauge.
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You just fought Ferguson for the interim title.
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I'd rather see the fresh matchup, so I'd rather see Soya and Ferguson G and Connor McGregor.
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And I don't think you interrupt any sort of pre fight buildup.
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I haven't seen any posters or any teasers or anything like that, so I think you could do it that way.
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Now here's the other thing.
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If they go No. No.
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Four.
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No, wait, No.
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12 No.
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16 Hoya and McGregor seem to be in the driver's seat.
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And I'll tell you why.
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Because they're coming off winds.
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I imagine that might have a little bit of weight and the fight kind of is already made, Um, with obviously anybody else like a Ferguson and G immediately getting into a fight that couldn't become a number one contender to that.
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It's not like I'm slighting those guys down.
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I mean, I don't know.
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There's probably so many different opinions out there of what could happen.
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Look, McGregor is the former champ a lightweight, and the other three are all former interim champs.
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So they've all worn straps, man.
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They are.
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They're all lightweight legends.
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You know what I mean? You can't possibly make a wrong decision, but I think you could make a really right decision on Grand Prix.
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These bad boys.
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8 16 You know, I don't know, man.
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What do you think? I think 16 would take too long because it means you're fighting three times and we're praying that fighters fight three times in one year.
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But now it's starting to look like to for some of the top dogs.
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Uh, but you can't disregard your rankings.
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I think if you do a tournament and you don't use your own rankings, then you're basically ****ting on your rankings.
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You're just saying they don't make any sense.
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So I'll tell you how this would play out.
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If you use the UFC rankings, just engage.
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You would be your number one seed.
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Now, we already said you gotta throw Chandler in there.
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So just giving me a So you just use the rankings are all of a sudden you lose credibility, you know? You know, you gotta You gotta have Chandler in there, you know? He's our unranked.
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So you would make him your eight.
00:20:15
So who gets the boot in the U.
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S.
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C. Rankings? Diego for hair would get the boot.
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Okay, let's Let's keep it.
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Really.
00:20:25
The UFC is probably going deep down and tired, right? So now you got G versus Chandler.
00:20:32
Then you would have destined poi against Paul Felder.
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That's two versus seven.
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Yeah. Okay.
00:20:38
Tony Ferguson against Charles Oliveira, three versus six.
00:20:43
And then you'd have Connor McGregor and Dan Hooker like, who wouldn't be down for that scenario? That is pretty nice.
00:20:52
That is pretty nice.
00:20:54
Uh, yeah.
00:20:57
I mean, look, I could live with all of it because I don't get any of the money.
00:21:01
Um, I don't get some award for coming up with the brain with the rating rankings.
00:21:06
or the seedings or nothing.
00:21:07
I'm just a a fat fan that's gonna watch the fights with my beer in my hand and cheer and make bets and all that.
00:21:13
No, I'm fighting.
00:21:15
No.
00:21:17
Remember somebody in the chats that your slimming Oh, well, thank you, that kind person.
00:21:23
But I still got a ways to go.
00:21:25
How about that? Anyway, look, that's the fun part is coming up with all of the these ideas.
00:21:32
But go said it earlier.
00:21:33
Taking a white is just not tournament friendly.
00:21:35
I don't know why.
00:21:36
Really, because it's not like he's biting Prides idea or Strike Forces idea or Bela Tarr's idea.
00:21:44
They've all done tournaments that they call Brand Freeze.
00:21:47
Do you have seized the O.
00:21:49
G of the actual MM A tournament? Their first, uh, dozen Or I don't remember what you have.
00:21:58
See, they got to before they started coming up with these super fights, which led toe, you know, them crowning champions, but right about a good 15.
00:22:06
20 UFC s before that Tournaments tournaments for man eight.
00:22:09
Man 16 man.
00:22:11
And they still are in the record books.
00:22:12
And you still look at them in a while.
00:22:14
Anybody that witnessed them.
00:22:15
You you remember, man? Now, these were a lot of them were same night.
00:22:20
You know, when they crowned the original flyweight champion, That wasn't same night.
00:22:23
That was for four of them.
00:22:25
And they did it.
00:22:27
You know, they they staggered that, but they could do it.
00:22:31
I think it could be big, you know, especially with the ESPN machine.
00:22:35
With the depth that they have, they could have some alternates and and then with Now, you know, I think coming up with some sort of a headline sponsor for the Grand Prix and making it look lucrative, putting a big price tag.
00:22:51
I mean, what? It upset the other divisions? Probably.
00:22:53
But once they get to the point where they can have, you know, that that kind of power and that kind of depth and I guess maybe their time will come, you know, But this just seems like a perfect time to at least explore.
00:23:05
I hope Dana goes okay.
00:23:07
Tuesday, five.
00:23:08
PM come in with the plans.
00:23:10
Come in with the with the presentation.
00:23:13
Let's take a look.
00:23:14
I hope he doesn't just go Shut the **** up.
00:23:15
You know I don't want to hear it.
00:23:16
I really, really want him.
00:23:18
Thio At least take a meeting from somebody you know, somebody that comes with that Excel or whatever.
00:23:24
Whatever happens in these meetings and says, Okay, you know what? The pointer This is the money you stand to make.
00:23:31
This is all the buzz that we would create.
00:23:34
Uh, this is the sponsor, the title sponsor.
00:23:37
Who's gonna pay out this huge sum that you can constantly boast about for the next 12 months or however long it takes us toe to do a tournament? Because you're right, goes eight.
00:23:48
A tournament of eight is if you get it done in the year, that's that's really, really good.
00:23:53
Um, it might take a little bit longer, but come down.
00:23:57
I mean, I would that would bring so much life and just it feels so different.
00:24:02
I think they have to be a little creative at times and do these type of things, and especially in in a pandemic, you know, like you want to stand out a little bit.
00:24:11
Something like this would absolutely stand out.
00:24:13
Look at every other organization has kind of made some sort of adjustment, right? Like the MLB in their playoffs.
00:24:21
They added an extra game.
00:24:22
The MBA had to kind of go through their stuff.
00:24:25
Do this could be their thing.
00:24:26
You know, just we're putting something different.
00:24:29
Because at the end of the day, MBA fans, MLB fans, nobody's crying.
00:24:33
Nobody is saying you ruined baseball.
00:24:36
You ruined basketball with this.
00:24:37
No, man, we're just happy to see sports again.
00:24:39
And I think this is so cool and happy.
00:24:42
Uh, it's pretty cool when you can point to something that's a It's a quarterfinal.
00:24:46
It's a semifinal.
00:24:47
It Zo this it so that, you know, and and again we're not saying you see this Is the new model going forward? No, this is just the once in a not once in a lifetime.
00:24:57
But you know, there's just a non opportunity that they can do and all these fight night cards, you know, you call him UFC Fight Night 1 37 UFC Fight night on ESPN plus 39.
00:25:11
The **** all that.
00:25:12
You know when you can put McGregor versus Hooker, lightweight Grand Prix quarterfinal or semifinal or whatever it is is it progresses to your Super Bowl or whatever you wanna call it your, I guess, your title Grand Prix final.
00:25:27
I don't know that all is big for that one fan.
00:25:31
That's just, you know, clicking with the remote or are searching, you know, on the Internet to see what they what they want to see next, or they're warming up to the sport.
00:25:41
They see something that sounds like a big deal.
00:25:43
That sounds like a big deal.
00:25:45
And, you see, has so many events that they can plug in and play.
00:25:50
Ah, you know, I don't even wanna mention the name but fighter at fighter.
00:25:55
The so also ranked fighter got co vid.
00:25:58
Okay, the things back up, we'll just move them to, you know, for four weeks away, Let's let's hope they have mild in fact, mild symptoms sees me.
00:26:08
We move them down the road a little bit about a month.
00:26:11
Boom.
00:26:12
You know, the UFC just has so many events.
00:26:13
I think they could do a lot of that.
00:26:15
And I think they could really, really make all this happen.
00:26:18
Maybe not in a year, but at most a year in the first quarter of another year, like if they really wanted to start like on a January 1st because you know, it's October 26.
00:26:28
They really could.
00:26:30
They could start with that January 23rd card.
00:26:32
Man, I'm telling you, would be tremendous.
00:26:34
What do you dio if Nate Diaz raises his hand and says, I'd like to be in a zoo.
00:26:39
Well, that's why I'm thinking 12 might be better than eight and the first four get a buy and those first four ****, Maybe those first four just need to either battle it out or just have big fights where they get paid well, aan den await the seedings.
00:26:54
But see, I think the UFC won't do.
00:26:57
I think the US he's going to see like, Hey, we're either doing this or not.
00:27:00
And let's not forget at Bela Tor the champions in the tournament and he's defending.
00:27:05
He's preparing for five round fights.
00:27:06
His belt is at stake.
00:27:08
He's chasing the Grand Prix belt and the $1 million payoff.
00:27:11
But pitbull Freddie, he's actually defending his belt as it takes place.
00:27:15
In a way, it's kind of like kind of nice because you don't want him to sit it out.
00:27:20
But on the other hand, I mean, I think it's pretty cool that, like, can you mention if you win the title in the quarterfinal like that's pretty big.
00:27:27
At that point, you reached this huge pinnacle, you know, like does even making it to the Grand Prix final.
00:27:34
Is that even is Is it anticlimatic? That's why you gotta have some big $10 million payday.
00:27:40
$5 million payday, whatever the you so you can get along with a pretty cool belt.
00:27:46
You know, I think that would be epic, you know? But right now, technically, one of them isn't the champ, so they're all just contenders.
00:27:52
I don't know, man.
00:27:53
My minds ready to explode with all kinds of different ideas of what you could do.
00:27:57
But knowing the UFC, I think they wanna put that title around the Irishman if they can, so he's gonna have one of the easier paths, you know, toe, Get there.
00:28:07
I want to make your head explode.
00:28:09
Hey, guys, that I gave you.
00:28:11
Who's the favorite to win that? If they all just stay healthy, I'll just I'll just run through it again.
00:28:19
Who were the matchups again? McGregor, versus, You know, great.
00:28:23
The right age versus Chandler.
00:28:25
Well, you got to start off with a boy versus Felder, Ferguson versus Oliveira and then Hooker and Connor.
00:28:35
Well, there's e don't have to answer the question first when I got the answer is Michael Chandler versus just engaging high Father, how are you? Hey, guys, how's it going? Oh, man, I'm in this tough.
00:28:48
A winner of G versus Chandler.
00:28:52
Um, are you gonna answer that? Did I save you? You experiencing that man up? Alright, so that's 400 our colleague at him and make junkie.
00:29:03
We'll talk to her in just a second.
00:29:05
But goes, I think I'm gonna go with Chandler and the upset.
00:29:08
Give me the next one. Come on.
00:29:10
Oh, you're doing that fight by fight.
00:29:11
You want to know I'm not chickening out? The next fight will be destined versus Paul Felder boy.
00:29:20
Alright, then it's Ferguson versus Oliveira Ferguson and then Connor McGregor and down Hooker McGregor.
00:29:30
Alright, I'll take a deep breath. We're good.
00:29:32
We're good for now. We got through the quarterfinals. Fatah.
00:29:34
How are you? Good.
00:29:35
How are you guys? Good.
00:29:37
Thank you.
00:29:38
Great job out there along with John Morgan.
00:29:40
I know you were also working with another outlet but we saw a lot of your work. Congratulations.
00:29:44
I was awesome.
00:29:45
Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
00:29:47
Yeah, we could Ghost Couldn't even give you, like, a full day to recover.
00:29:50
He's already asking me to do interview.
00:29:52
Are you back home yet or No, I'm actually standing up with a B A. I fly home tomorrow.
00:29:59
Mm.
00:30:00
Okay.
00:30:01
All right.
00:30:02
Cool.
00:30:03
Well, are you taking people's money? One last day on the basketball court or what? No, no, I wanted to see my family.
00:30:08
So, uh, my brother and my cousin drove from Dubai.
00:30:12
Thio. Come see me.
00:30:13
So I find it tomorrow.
00:30:14
Gotcha.
00:30:15
All right, Fatah, react to the Habib Narmada Madoff Just engaging fight and subsequent announcement.
00:30:24
What were you thinking was all this unfolded? I definitely didn't expect the retirement.
00:30:29
Now, when I think about it, the fact that he did it, it's not crazy.
00:30:32
But in the moment, I didn't expect it at all.
00:30:35
I kind of saw him playing with his gloves and I knew it was coming.
00:30:37
But I'm like, man, because we all thought about the whole 30 you know, thing, which is why I didn't expect it, but yeah, I mean, he's just so good.
00:30:46
It's all I could say, like, uh, it's crazy because like, you look at the last three guys that is being gate report a McGregor, all incredible fighters.
00:30:56
You look at the resume and who they be and and have always makes it look so easy.
00:31:00
Like the fact that he came out and he pressured, just engage me like that had him on the back foot.
00:31:06
I mean, Justin was doing such a good job of trying to keep his back away from the fence because he was all about that pre fight and he kind of did like even what Habib took him down before the finishing sequence that he was trying to circle away.
00:31:17
But Habib, once he gets a hold of you, it's crazy.
00:31:19
And he's just so mentally strong that he doesn't get deterred in the fight when things aren't going his way.
00:31:25
I mean, two judges scored around one for Justin Gayatri engage.
00:31:27
He was landing those hard like kicks and he was just eating them and walking forward and then even the leg kick at the end that he hit him with that kind of like dropped have even used that to get his take down.
00:31:38
So it's pretty crazy to see that when he's in there, how dialed in he is, considering everything that he's gone through.
00:31:44
We heard about the broken toes and the, uh, mumps, and then obviously the passing of his father.
00:31:50
He had so much pressure on him and so much going on before the fight.
00:31:55
But when he's in there, it's like nothing fazes him.
00:31:59
Yeah, and I wanted to ask you, Did you see? Nor Mongo made off at all limping.
00:32:04
Gauging said that his leg kicks were affected and he felt like if we had more time and he kept kicking him that we really would have seen her beef slow down.
00:32:12
But you know, you're working off adrenaline, so a lot of times you're not feeling it until you sit on the stool for a minute, or or even after the fight you've seen, you know the way Jon Jones exit sometimes when his legs get better.
00:32:23
But what did you see in regard to that? I honestly, I didn't notice.
00:32:27
I mean, I think it was Dan Hardy that caught a clip.
00:32:29
I saw someone reposted and credit Dan Hardy of the finishing sequence Have you got his toes stuck in the cage and you could see him grimacing in pain for a second.
00:32:37
So that was an interesting thing that he pointed out.
00:32:40
It was right before he wrapped his legs around for the triangle, so or in the process of doing it.
00:32:44
But no, I didn't notice.
00:32:45
I mean, uh, that he had any problem at all even before the fight.
00:32:50
I mean, I I interviewed him for the fight.
00:32:51
I had only noticed, to be honest, if it was such like, it was very obvious that he was something I didn't noticed.
00:32:57
Like there was anything wrong with him.
00:32:58
So I mean, it's it's interesting.
00:33:01
I've broken toes that surely it's gonna, like, affect your movement when you're fighting.
00:33:06
Maybe it was okay in his day to day, But when you're fighting and you're putting pressure on your phone, you have just engagement kicking your your leg all the time.
00:33:12
So but no, actually didn't notice when goes was a little guy.
00:33:17
I stepped on one of his Legos once, and I think I was out for the count for about like 30 minutes I can only imagine breaking your toes and fighting the likes of somebody like just engaging.
00:33:26
So, yeah, man, these guys just know how to mentally shut the pain off and and keep the focus on and go out there and doing their thing.
00:33:35
And hobby was impressive.
00:33:37
I mean, he made it look easy, and I don't want to disrespect just engaged because he was an adequate number one contender Challenger, interim champ.
00:33:44
He deserved to be in that spot, but, uh, Habib just he really did make it look easy.
00:33:50
And like you said, Fatah, all of a sudden, you see him very emotional.
00:33:54
He goes down to the center of the octagon, he starts to tear up, and I'm sure he's processing a lot of emotions.
00:34:03
But finally, when we get to the point where they're gonna, you know, announced the winner and we know John Annex gonna you know, talk to him, post fight, and you see him on taking the gloves off.
00:34:14
There seemed to be this urgency like I need to do this first before I talk to John.
00:34:18
A lot of time fighters just wanted to start that process on, and I don't read too much into it, but I saw it coming and made me sad.
00:34:28
Yeah, it was extremely emotional.
00:34:30
I mean, he honestly had the weight of the world on his shoulders, like even him being in Abu Dhabi.
00:34:36
He's because he's a hero, like in the Middle East in general and the entire Arab world.
00:34:40
So for him, he had all that pressure off, like all these people expecting things out of him and then add on to with the fact that he's an undefeated champion and he's fighting a guy that on paper was supposed to be his toughest test to date.
00:34:52
And then the passing of this father, trying to make his father proud all of this stuff on his shoulders.
00:34:57
And it's almost like when he won the fight, he could exhale like literally like he had.
00:35:02
He was holding everything in, and then he could just finally breathe.
00:35:06
And it was like a sigh of relief for him, and I mean, his coach said he didn't see the retirement coming.
00:35:10
He didn't know about it.
00:35:12
Eso obviously this was something he kept to himself.
00:35:14
He probably didn't want people talking to him before the fight and trying to talk him out of it and stuff.
00:35:18
So that's probably why he he kept it till after.
00:35:21
But yeah, I mean, it was very, very emotional.
00:35:24
You could tell how everybody was.
00:35:26
Just like Justin is a great guy and a lot of people everybody loves just engagement.
00:35:30
But you could tell everybody just fault.
00:35:32
Eso happy for heavy on this moment that he had.
00:35:36
I have a two part question for you.
00:35:39
Hey, do you think he will remain retired and be if he came back? What do you think it would be for? In other words, to get the 30 you know, to just regain his bell? What would drag him out of retirement? I probably like I don't think it's the belt that will drag him out of retirement.
00:35:58
I think like the whole 30 and nothing, It's just missing competition.
00:36:02
I think that's what it is e mean.
00:36:04
He says he had, like the retirement thing was on his mind from before, it seemed like something that he had planned.
00:36:09
I do believe he's a command of this word.
00:36:11
If there's anyone who's gonna be like that, it's gonna be Habib.
00:36:13
But maybe a couple of years later.
00:36:16
I mean, the sport changes so much.
00:36:18
It's pretty crazy how these people come out of nowhere.
00:36:20
There could be another dominant, undefeated lightweight or or someone that's like, unbeatable and unstoppable, and then it kind of encourages having to come out.
00:36:28
I mean, who would have ever thought George ST Pierre was gonna come out of retirement? Fight Michael business for the middleweight title? It's not even something that you would have.
00:36:34
It's not even a scenario you would have painted when George retired.
00:36:37
So that's because a lot of people didn't think Michael, this one would end up being championed.
00:36:41
So I think it's all about time.
00:36:44
I do see him because he's young.
00:36:46
Is he 32 or something? So he's so I mean, he's not, uh he's like in his prime.
00:36:51
He gets better every single flight, so it's pretty crazy to think how much better he could have even gotten.
00:36:56
I mean, as the competition gets stiffer, his performances get better, so he still has a lot in him.
00:37:01
So maybe the competitive the competitors in him might get that itch to come back because it's not like it's different scenario than someone like Anderson Silva, where he's not at his prime anymore, and he's not performing the way he was when he was running through the middleweight division.
00:37:14
So with Hobby.
00:37:15
But I think maybe we'll George C.
00:37:17
P.
00:37:18
A.
00:37:19
You can't wait a couple of years with George because, like for Georgia, I feel like it's gotta be now within the next year.
00:37:22
But it could be someone else that lures them out of retirement.
00:37:24
I don't know.
00:37:25
I don't think it's the money or the belt or anything like that.
00:37:27
I think it's just the competition, knowing that you were so dominant and you could beat everybody having that confidence in your ability and and just the competitors in you.
00:37:37
If somebody emerges and comes out off the lightweight division, a new face or somebody that's unstoppable or something like that and encourages happy to maybe get that one more to make it 30 You know, I don't know Prada.
00:37:50
Habib's father, wasn't just exclusive, too happy, right? He helped trained a lot of fighters.
00:37:56
He was a mentor to a lot of people.
00:37:58
Do you see? Could be maybe taking over that role and being that guy for everyone else now, definitely.
00:38:04
Because he always talks about Islam.
00:38:06
Khrushchev.
00:38:07
I mean, he brings them up every time, always talks about like you remember in U. S.
00:38:10
C.
00:38:11
2 42.
00:38:12
He put the belt on marches, shoulders that that that guy's the next champion And I asked him about Islam and the kind of advice that he was giving Islam and he was talking about being patient.
00:38:20
I mean, have even had to exercise so much patients in his career throughout injuries and problems with making weight and having to be forced out even not too long ago.
00:38:28
When you have toe pull out of the 20 Ferguson fighters, all the covitz stuff, So have Beeb, of all fighters had to exercise a ton of patients throughout his career, getting a lot of criticism, people thinking that he's done or he doesn't wanna fight or he's ducking this or he's doing that.
00:38:41
So it was interesting to see that that was the kind of advice is giving Islam, who's having a hard time getting opponents and he wants to climb the ranks.
00:38:49
And so he's always talking about Islam achieve and and like Habib's in that unique situation, kind of like Connor McGregor, where you're such a big name that anyone associated with you will get shine regardless, even if that person's wanna know to a no Okay, Dylan.
00:39:02
Donna. So how Big Dan and Dana's says.
00:39:04
And what is he to known? MM, A or something.
00:39:06
So when you're associated with such a big name, uh, you could benefit that person's career.
00:39:10
And I feel like Habib is the type of guy that I can imagine will always be at the gym, kind of like a Uriah Faber, where even when he's retired, he's just always gonna be at the gym helping guys give them shine and just build them up.
00:39:23
You know, you were on Fire Island for quite a while and a fight of this magnitude, how we've all been talking about one of the biggest fights of the year, maybe of all time, at any moment.
00:39:34
Sitting there watching that fight, Did you miss crowds at all the Did you have any of that type of feeling? I feel like I was so zoned into the fight because when a fight is so big like that, like, your heart is just like I actually got to sit down for that.
00:39:49
So, like Alison Acosta, I watched, like in the hallway because I was waiting for young Brockovich.
00:39:53
The interview him.
00:39:54
So I was a little bit upset.
00:39:55
So when yon was taking so long, I'm like, I hope he takes even longer because I need I wanna watch the fight.
00:40:01
And thankfully, I swear of all the second the cost that Addison in North cost out.
00:40:05
Yang came in for the interview.
00:40:07
So the finish happened.
00:40:08
I see the finish. I see.
00:40:10
I don't think I even saw his dance.
00:40:11
I didn't see any of that.
00:40:12
And then I had to turn around and go interview on behalf.
00:40:14
So for this fight, where for having engaged, I actually got to sit down actually, and watch it.
00:40:20
I was just so dialed in, to be honest, like, I didn't even think about the like possibility of a crowd even being there or anything like that.
00:40:27
I was just like every move because Habib was just pressuring like crazy and then, uh, gait.
00:40:34
She was hitting him. Those let cakes.
00:40:36
And then he tagged him with, I think, with the left handers, and I got like, you're just in the moment.
00:40:40
Like it was so intense that I didn't even realize that there was no crowd.
00:40:44
The rest of the crowd.
00:40:46
I'm sorry, the rest of the fight card or even maybe, if you just want a lump in the whole fight Island experience all five cards.
00:40:52
What are some moments that stood out to you and you convey Could be, you know, personal moments for you because you got toe, you know, interview Dana White.
00:40:59
Obviously a few times the headliners.
00:41:02
So I'm sure you have some personal moments as well, but that in the competition, I mean, just tell us about the whole experience.
00:41:09
I could start off with personal stuff, I'd probably say, if I could.
00:41:13
I mean, obviously interviewing Dana was great.
00:41:15
So I put that, uh, I put that in the list, and then I remember I played basketball with Joaquin Buckley.
00:41:21
Uh, beginning of flight week.
00:41:23
I think it was Monday.
00:41:25
And the thing is, it's like when I shoot around in the court, I hate it when someone like walks up on me because I could tell that they either want to join or want me to get off.
00:41:34
So I'm like, I'm not getting off because I could go all day.
00:41:36
But when they stand there, I don't mind someone being polite about and asking, cause I'm not going to say no.
00:41:40
So somebody says, Can I join you? I'll be like, sure, even if deep down inside, like like I don't want somebody to join it.
00:41:45
So I see walking Buckley and his team and his two coaches and they're standing.
00:41:49
I couldn't tell if he was walking Buckley and because he was a little bit far.
00:41:52
So as he started approaching, I noticed it was him and they were just standing there.
00:41:57
I could tell they wanted to play, so I, when I noticed, was him.
00:42:00
I take my like earphones off, and I'm like, Oh, you guys want to join? And then they join me.
00:42:05
And then I played me and Joaquin versus his two coaches.
00:42:08
So they started asking me like, Oh, are you like, covering this event and stuff? I'm like, Yeah, I'm a reporter.
00:42:13
I'm like a referendum a junkie and like, Oh, this is cool and stuff like that.
00:42:16
So we started talking, and then we played Joaquin and I played against these two coaches. We won.
00:42:21
We won pretty easily.
00:42:22
Walking is pretty decent basketball.
00:42:23
He's a pretty decent basketball. Very, actually.
00:42:26
Eso we won that game, and it was a tense.
00:42:28
Like we were playing in the sun.
00:42:30
I was exhausted.
00:42:31
I mean, walking was finding exactly complain of the 20 games, but my cardio was not holding up that particular day.
00:42:36
Um, so, yeah, we play and then we just talk and just getting toe like, talk to him a little bit before, and he was telling me how he felt, like in the Kevin Hall and fighting and get to prove himself and stuff.
00:42:46
Just getting the fighters mind is always interesting.
00:42:49
I was cool for me to do on the basketball court as well.
00:42:51
But then, um, so I was telling him I'm like, Okay, I'm like, because I don't think like usually, like when I was covering the fight island that was sitting down with the main, the CO main and then sometimes one other fighters.
00:43:03
So I knew I wasn't gonna sit down with walking Buckley.
00:43:05
So I'm like, All right.
00:43:06
When you get back to your room, just let me know I could call you and we could do an interview, and then I can And I wrote up for for, um, a junkie.
00:43:13
So I'm like, we could do that and just whatever, like whatever you want to say and stuff like that.
00:43:17
So he's like, Sure.
00:43:18
And then I hit him appointing call back later, and then I interviewed him.
00:43:21
So it was cool because we were just like on the basketball court.
00:43:22
So that's definitely and then he ends up pulling off like, knock out in the century.
00:43:26
So that was really cool to see me.
00:43:28
I was backstage for that if I was ****ed, Um, but But I was watching the screen and then I freaking lost my mind like I was just like, Oh my goodness, like tryto act like a professional.
00:43:40
But at the same time, like like I couldn't.
00:43:43
Everyone was reacting like everyone was going crazy and and then he comes backstage and I see him and we're just laughing because I'm like, we're just on the basketball court and talking about this stuff.
00:43:51
So that was definitely, like one of the coolest, uh, coolest moments.
00:43:56
And then I'd say, probably Israel Adesanya as well.
00:44:00
He was great all week with interviews.
00:44:02
I spoke to him three times.
00:44:03
So before the fight and then before the Wayans, because the whole thing with costs that happened with the White Belt and then after the fight.
00:44:10
So seeing his confidence, it's always cool.
00:44:13
Same thing for Habib.
00:44:14
When I sat down with him, I'm like, Man, this guy is so frickin confident.
00:44:17
It's crazy, Like even with everything that was going on with Habib, like dismissing the poi and McGregory matches, talking about Aiken, stand with anybody in the world.
00:44:25
And so the confidence that a lot of these fighters exude.
00:44:28
It's like it's really cool to be around.
00:44:31
And yeah, I'd probably say that I'm probably missing a few other, uh, other things, but yeah, even like tied to Eva's after the fight, he was so emotional, like he was so happy and like he couldn't even.
00:44:43
I don't even know what he was saying to me in the interview because he was just so freaking happy.
00:44:46
And then he just laughed and he put his hand on my shoulder is like, I'm sorry, like he was so freaking happy that like it was just saying anything, but it's nice to see that.
00:44:54
I think it's just nice to see the fighters, how they feel before the fight after the fight, all that stuff.
00:45:01
Would you ever do a shui? By the way, you're gonna get involved, you know, maybe not an alcoholic drink.
00:45:07
I'm not sure if you're a drink or not.
00:45:08
I don't think it'll be so.
00:45:10
But the thing is, I don't drink.
00:45:12
But I don't think Thai would ever accept doing one without beer because he was saying like an arena that he didn't do one because there was no beer.
00:45:19
So he went back to the hotel and did it with Anelka boys.
00:45:21
So I was like, fearing that he would do offer that because water, beer or whatever, I would not do it like freaking disgusting.
00:45:28
So I was so afraid because if he told me to do it, I would have felt like the challenge I had to, because if someone like if it's a challenge, like, I can't back down from it.
00:45:37
But I was hoping inside that he wouldn't and thank God it was just really happy with the winning like No, no, yeah, nuts.
00:45:46
man. What a great experience for you.
00:45:48
You know e mean, I guess we haven't chatted with you since then.
00:45:51
But even, I guess five weeks ago that complement Dana White gave you That was really, really cool thing about all the interviews that he does, you know? And he felt comfortable with you.
00:46:00
He loved your the questions that you gave him, you know, because they just rolled off your tongue so smoothly.
00:46:06
And so, like I said, we're very, very happy for you, Thio for this whole experience being out there.
00:46:11
I'm sure it was pretty tiring at times, but you knocked it out of the park.
00:46:15
Thank you.
00:46:16
I really appreciate that.
00:46:17
What first thing you're going to do when you get home sleep? Probably probably play basketball because I bought new shoes and I'm dying to try them out so that that and sleep? Yeah, you know, with Joaquin Buckley.
00:46:32
If you ever meet up with him on the court, man, you guys got to do some lob dunks or whatever.
00:46:36
That athleticism, man.
00:46:38
I can only imagine he could probably He could probably get up there.
00:46:41
And Duncan did he dunk it in that game? he did not, but like he was hitting those, like a really sweet turnaround short where he'd like turnaround, hang in the air and hit off the glass.
00:46:50
That was money for him, Like that was the most.
00:46:52
So I'd give him a law pass.
00:46:53
Because I love doing that.
00:46:54
Where I love relying on the person I'm playing with moving alone, like understanding that I'm trying to get them toe like either cut to the basket.
00:47:01
So he he moves well so he would move.
00:47:04
And I just loved it over the like, one of his coaches really tall.
00:47:07
So I try to love it over them, and he'd take it, but he take it and turn around right away and shoot it like no dribble, nothing.
00:47:13
So every time I like, love it over, he take a turn around, hang in the air off the guy so that that shot was money for him.
00:47:20
Be honest that the coaches kind of look at you like man, we got these two before you got No, because they were while they were walking, they could see me shooting That was knocking it down.
00:47:31
Okay.
00:47:32
Did you ever look for Jimmy Chitwood Reference.
00:47:35
I think you owe me one.
00:47:36
Hoosiers.
00:47:37
Did you watch the Hoosiers? Not yet, Not yet.
00:47:38
I honestly haven't at the time. I will.
00:47:40
E.
00:47:42
That was a busy five weeks off with another outlet is well and and the time when she could have sat in a room and decompress, she would jump on and say, Hey, working to help out So she was busy.
00:47:54
But there's a scene in that movie Hoosiers, where Jimmy Chitwood basically drills what goes about six or seven jumpers, right? And you know, when you read the behind the scenes on every movie, they were honest and said, Man, that was a life take like he shot it as Gene Hackman was talking to him and he made all of them and eso You'll love it.
00:48:16
I'm telling you, you're gonna love it cause it's a if a basketball movie, it's got some famous actors in it on.
00:48:22
It's got great great great soundtrack, so you're gonna really, really dig it.
00:48:27
But that's what Jimmy Chitwood is the star athlete in the movie.
00:48:30
That's his name in the movie.
00:48:33
I'll definitely check it out, I promise.
00:48:34
What I don't remember was before you left.
00:48:39
I want to say, weren't we pretty close to just converting you into a Laker fan? We said you Now you're going to do it if you're going to do it.
00:48:47
Yeah, I was doing for them in the finals.
00:48:50
Yeah, because the first time we had her on, I think she mentioned the sons.
00:48:54
But then about a good six months ago, nine months ago, there was some Laker talking.
00:49:00
I go Wait a minute. Hold on a second.
00:49:01
What's going on here? But now she said I've been a Laker fan, too.
00:49:04
So, um, that was pretty cool, right? Watching the Lakers.
00:49:08
When that.
00:49:09
Yeah, of course.
00:49:10
Amazing.
00:49:11
I felt like it wouldn't have been right if they didn't like obviously everything with Kobe Bryant as well and stuff by.
00:49:15
Just like I feel like LeBron gets so much hate.
00:49:18
And I knew there was gonna So people are gonna put an asterisk on this championship because it's obviously a different style of play off because of covert or everything.
00:49:25
But that's what they're always going to do with LeBron until he retires.
00:49:29
But I was just so happy that they want Mark Jackson the ****yst for ABC, said.
00:49:33
This was actually the toughest title.
00:49:35
He's the other the toughest team title he's ever seen.
00:49:37
They had to go through to two preseasons, you know, and they practically finished the 82 game schedule.
00:49:45
Doing it without fans is also not easy, you know, And, uh and then you know, they pulled off.
00:49:52
They were basically perfect in the bubble.
00:49:54
Nobody got infected.
00:49:55
The families did join up, but for the first month, they didn't that was mentally trying.
00:50:00
And those guys, everybody, even if Miami would have won, I wouldn't hang an asterisk on them.
00:50:06
I can't believe Pat Riley said What he said.
00:50:08
He kind of walked it back.
00:50:09
But what I wanna know, father is when LeBron was driving.
00:50:14
If he throws it out to you instead of Danny Green, do you hit that shot? Yeah, I joke around the boat I live.
00:50:21
That's the first thing I sent my, my my cousins, and like my brother, we have got a group.
00:50:25
I'm like what, like I would have knocked down that shot Easy, like literally Yeah, for sure.
00:50:31
He was wide open, man.
00:50:32
He had a great look and he's got He's got finals experience.
00:50:36
He's 11 furs.
00:50:38
He's 11 with the Raptors.
00:50:40
Um, I man, he needed to knock that one down, But whatever.
00:50:44
You know, we still got the job done.
00:50:45
But I think I said that to myself.
00:50:47
I think I said, I think I want that one down.
00:50:50
Yeah, for sure.
00:50:51
I mean, well, first of all, I'm a three point shooter.
00:50:54
Second would like to think I'm clutch like usually when we play like tournaments and stuff like I do quite a bit of game winners and stuff, so I wouldn't hit that for sure.
00:51:01
Yeah.
00:51:02
Goes, Did you ever share your clutch story with photo? The one you've never let the one you never stop telling me e never had goes into free throws, was it with no time on the clock or it was at the end, right? Was double overtime with three seconds left to you have a little kid e wait.
00:51:23
We were down by one, so one would tie and then you would win.
00:51:27
And so I had to shoot the two free throws.
00:51:29
But I bring it up because it's kind of throwing our dad under the bus a little bit.
00:51:33
But when I was shooting the first one, he was in the stands.
00:51:38
But he was by the door, which I think he thought I was gonna miss him.
00:51:42
And he was like, I don't want to face all the parents.
00:51:45
So I remember that I got some payback for him one day.
00:51:49
That's all good.
00:51:50
I mean, my my parents never.
00:51:52
I mean, my dad especially, never thought I could make a career out of enemy journalism, So he always laughed about it like he'd back since I believed in you from day one.
00:51:58
He's being sarcastic.
00:51:59
So he never thought like that I would ever make anything.
00:52:02
Like when I tried to pursue this career that he thought it was a waste of my time and people would fill his ears like different family members of mine.
00:52:10
His friends like, what is what I'm doing with her life and stuff like that? So we always talk about it, so it's all good.
00:52:15
Better doesn't make it better.
00:52:17
Yeah, definitely.
00:52:18
And a long story short.
00:52:19
That's why you never see me sweat.
00:52:21
Because I have ice water, My beans.
00:52:23
Let me ask you this we kind of teased it earlier.
00:52:28
Um, before we let you go here, what happened with the way cut? Was that a bigger issue over there? Then it then it became over here.
00:52:37
Was there actually an explanation in terms of I mean, I heard Deron Wind say there's official scale in the back.
00:52:44
Nobody gets on without weighing in, but that's not true.
00:52:47
I've seen a lot of fighters weighing over, you know.
00:52:50
Now it could be over with the UCS knowledge that they're gonna be over.
00:52:53
But I've seen a lot of fighters get on and be over and still have that look like, Whoa, you know, do you know anything about what happened behind the scenes and did? Did that commission official speak out or has anyone spoken out? No.
00:53:06
Actually, it was a bigger deal on social media than it was there.
00:53:09
Like being there like I just naturally just always go on Twitter and stuff like that.
00:53:13
So just in terms of the people there and and stuff like that, it wasn't a big deal or anything.
00:53:18
It was actually a bigger deal on on social media and stuff like that.
00:53:20
So I don't think it was addressed or even brought up or anything like that.
00:53:24
I guess you can think, Like, why would he come in? Quite early? Like usually, If you come in towards the end, you've got two hours.
00:53:31
If you come in at the end of the window, then you have a problem.
00:53:34
Makes more sense.
00:53:35
It's kind of like when Brian Ortega came in with a shaved head around like he had wake up problems, but, like, why would he come in first? So, yeah, it was weird, but it wasn't actually really addressed.
00:53:46
Or or at least not to my knowledge.
00:53:49
Okay.
00:53:50
And then lastly, uh, and by the way, folks, the G camp that I know it did not have a problem.
00:53:56
They didn't speak up.
00:53:57
So the last question you walked in on goes and I were already planning the future of the lightweight division.
00:54:03
Anything from just match up versus Connor? Let's do a four man tournament.
00:54:07
Eight man tournament, 12 and 16.
00:54:09
I mean, Grand Prix.
00:54:10
Everything you could think of.
00:54:11
We've been discussing, and it's been kind of fun.
00:54:13
But what are your thoughts? What do you think should happen? I don't think the U.
00:54:18
C would do a tournament just because they never like, really do that kind of stuff.
00:54:21
But, I mean, I love the addition of Michael Chandler.
00:54:25
I think he's a great guy.
00:54:26
I got to speak to him a couple of times, like like I just love his confidence.
00:54:31
I love how he's like even people are gonna have, like, will be skeptical of his edition and him not deserving certain fighting all.
00:54:37
But I think he's great, and I think he's a great addition.
00:54:40
Um, I like Charles Oliveira coming in and saying, Don't forget about me You've also got Dan Hooker in the mix as well, so add them like phone extend a little bit.
00:54:47
Paul Felder if he comes back.
00:54:49
So I think it's super fun.
00:54:51
I mean, maybe it's like a sigh of relief for the lightweight division, because how big has been so dominant and you've got the like, poor E.
00:54:57
G and McGregor, who just lost to him.
00:54:59
The others didn't get a chance.
00:55:00
I think they were still at least, I mean, obviously the biggest heartbreak would be for Tony Ferguson.
00:55:05
But in terms of down hooker Charles all there, I think they were maybe at least one or two more fights away from Fighting Habib.
00:55:11
But, yeah, it's just it makes things really interesting.
00:55:13
I feel I just engage you.
00:55:14
Wasn't is upset because now the titles up for grabs.
00:55:18
I mean, I I can imagine that he would have been a cool guy anyway.
00:55:20
He did media, which I really appreciate, and he really didn't have to talk to anybody after the laws.
00:55:25
So I spoke to him after the laws.
00:55:27
But it almost seems like he can't help but knowing that the belt is now vacant, that it's almost like he doesn't even get a chance to digest the loss.
00:55:36
Because now he's already thinking of what's next and how to reposition himself.
00:55:39
Because usually it's hard to get a rematch with the guy you just lost two.
00:55:43
But that's no longer the case with dress engaging.
00:55:45
So one more impressive win whether, well, I'm assuming Counter and Korea are fighting.
00:55:51
So, whether with Michael Chandler or if he fights Dan Hooker, whoever he fights, he knows that with one big win, he can reposition himself.
00:55:59
So everybody has short memories in the sports.
00:56:01
So that's a look at Brian Ortega I mean, look at from Max Holloway toe to his performance over chance and junk like now everyone's like, Yeah, he does deserve a title shot against walking off ski before people are like this shouldn't be a number one contender.
00:56:13
Fight it on Lee should be a zombie wince.
00:56:15
And now everyone's like, Sure or take is gonna be walking Ask enough? It's like people changing their minds so quickly.
00:56:20
So, yeah, I just I think there are so many exciting things to do.
00:56:25
If they do, I wouldn't do now.
00:56:28
I wouldn't do poor McGregor, too.
00:56:30
Now that or g in Ferguson to I think I would switch them around and say, G versus Connor and Poi versus Ferguson.
00:56:40
Um, if Foreman tournament because it's not sentenced no employer, and McGregor is not set in stone, so you can figure it out.
00:56:48
Make it the Etihad Airlines Grand Prix.
00:56:50
$10 million to the winner, making 9,500,000.
00:56:54
The other 500 grand goes to Poise Foundation.
00:56:58
I mean, it could be tremendous.
00:56:59
Think about what they could do with it, and we're not saying Hey, UFC do this going forward.
00:57:04
This is just on opportunity that presented itself.
00:57:06
You got depth in the division, you got big names in the division, I man, I mean this.
00:57:11
This could just be tremendous.
00:57:12
And they have so many fight cards that even if somebody gets tripped up, you know, broken toes, Kobe and whatever, they have so many cards, they can plug them in along the way.
00:57:21
And, like I was telling, goes, I'm tired of UFC on ESPN plus 38 or UFC Fight Night 1 79.
00:57:29
You know, I'm tired of all that when you can call something the quarterfinals.
00:57:33
You know, the Grand Prix or whatever.
00:57:35
I just think it It lifts the casual fan that's clicking and changing the channel on Like what is the Grand Prix? The quarterfinal must be important.
00:57:43
Champions League quarterfinals Air important, eh? NBA Semifinals, Air important.
00:57:47
The Super Bowls? Or, you know it's a part part of has to do with the title.
00:57:51
You know what I mean? The presentation.
00:57:54
I agree.
00:57:55
I agree, because you see a lot of different promotions doing it.
00:57:57
All the other promotions they're doing it like with Belt or PFL have a certain format.
00:58:01
Even the very much smaller organizations.
00:58:03
They're starting to do that because that's how you get just throwing.
00:58:06
Like you said in A something like that, like a big, shiny trophy or belt or whatever it is.
00:58:11
Um, like there was a local promotion Brave Combat Federation, which I covered numerous times over the years.
00:58:17
They created a tournament, and it was like, uh, I can't remember what the prize money was, but there was a prize money they created that it was so like, dramatic, the way they even presented the boat, like freaking planes flying it down and stuff, even if people are mocking it.
00:58:31
Yeah, yeah, they call it like a helicopter flew it down and it was just like it was going to.
00:58:36
But let's see exactly.
00:58:37
That's my point.
00:58:38
It's like even if you think it's ridiculous, you're you're looking at it, you're watching it on.
00:58:42
That's the whole point.
00:58:43
Like maybe don't drop it down with the plane or anything, but, like, in general, just doing something different with the brand like that.
00:58:49
I agree, because then it will just get people curious, even if they're not familiar with the fighters, which obviously they would be in the U s C s case.
00:58:57
It just makes it fun.
00:58:58
Look how big L b m f waas, right? Exactly goes What was the hotel that had a million dollars in cash? You'd walked right by it here in Vegas.
00:59:08
The hard rock was at the Hard rock.
00:59:10
Yeah, we used to tell Ray Sefo from PFL have the million dollars everywhere you go, you know, just have that obviously, with some protection or whatever you got to do.
00:59:18
But that for some reason, people gravitate to that type of stuff.
00:59:22
Um, so I hope they do it.
00:59:23
I got one last question here for I'm sorry for keeping you here this long, but are you also an N c a.
00:59:29
A fan of basketball? Are you more just MBA? I used thio like I remember watching Kemba Walker on his run, and I was so excited for him in the n b A.
00:59:39
And I think he's great.
00:59:40
I just I don't think we've seen his full potential or if we ever will see his full potential.
00:59:45
But that was what was that? 2000 and 11.
00:59:48
If I'm not mistaken, So yeah, like back then I did.
00:59:52
Now I just covering ever made is very like it's just hard.
00:59:55
I have to stay up like already stay up a lot as it is, having to follow the other stuff just makes it impossible.
01:00:02
Well, when things were back to normal goes and I host March Madness at At the Sports Book at Mandalay Bay, where our studio is, I'm telling you it's an experience that you won't ever forget.
01:00:13
For four days nonstop basketball, there's buzzer beaters.
01:00:18
There's all kinds of emotion that the sports book doesn't get more packed than that includes Breeders Cup, Super Bowl, a lot of the MBA finals.
01:00:26
I mean, March Madness is something else, and I thought of it only because we were talking about all these big titles you could get toe, you know, some sort of a sporting event in March.
01:00:34
Madness is up there as well.
01:00:35
And then I thought, Wait a minute.
01:00:36
She loves basketball.
01:00:38
So the invites always there.
01:00:40
It's in March, obviously.
01:00:41
And then when things get back to normal, if I'm sure, I'm sure you wanted to come to the fight capital at some point.
01:00:47
Now that you've got this awesome career going, if you could time it around a March madness.
01:00:51
The invites there.
01:00:53
Thank you.
01:00:54
Yeah, I know how crazy it gets.
01:00:57
Like I just even watching it on TV.
01:00:59
It looks so unbelievable.
01:01:00
The fact that I was willing to stay up, pull all nighters and go straight to university for it proves that it was super exciting from you, So Yeah, Nice.
01:01:09
Alright.
01:01:10
Well, congrats on the great run.
01:01:11
You had out there for five weeks and Fight Island was probably six by the time you get home.
01:01:15
And, uh, thanks for spending some time with us here on junkie radio this Monday morning or Monday evening for you.
01:01:21
Thank you guys so much.
01:01:22
I appreciate you guys having me.
01:01:23
It was a lot of fun.
01:01:25
All right, we'll see it.
01:01:26
Yeah.
01:01:28
Alright, folks, that is far. Afternoon.
01:01:30
Our colleague at M M.
01:01:31
A junkie for the past year, year and a half Doing a tremendous job out there.
01:01:35
Her and John Morgan, uh, give them a shout out on social media because they really, really worked.
01:01:39
Their ass is off, John, I think just getting back to town now.
01:01:43
And, uh, folks, obviously, we'll be back on Thursday with um or chatter about you know you have C 2 50 for look out for our video franchises.
01:01:53
The spinning back Lakers back this week Rankings report.
01:01:55
And, of course, we're gonna deliver more interviews for you, so always keep it locked on.
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01:02:00
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01:02:02
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and we're ready to talk about US 50 to 54 which took place on Saturday along with all the little tidbits surrounding that event, including the retirement of one of the goats.
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We're gonna be here for the next hour.
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We're gonna discuss Habib Tomoko Madoff's historic title defense versus just engaging.
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It was a unit that was the title unification bout, and they're Magomadov came out with both belts.
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Not only that, he then retired immediately afterwards, which partially shocked me.
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But then again, I mean kind of did this with Henry Cejudo a few months ago.
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Fighters in their prime that just decided a, you know, call it quits for different reasons.
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So we'll definitely go over that.
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Robert Whitaker defeated Jared Canon here in the co main event.
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Alexander Volkov defeated Walt Harris in the feature bout will go over.
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The whole main card will go over the problems, and we got a guest.
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Fatah honeymoon.
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Our colleague at M M, a junkie who was in Fight Island for the past five weeks and we'll get a summary from her not only of U.
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S C.
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2 54 but the whole experience out there for the five week run that the UFC had in Abu Dhabi.
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Abu Dhabi Alright, folks, buckle up.
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It's ever made. Junkie radio.
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We'll be right back.
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10 seconds, I promise.
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Alright, so let's just go right to it, Man Beaten Amalgamated Fighting Just engaging in the main event UFC 2 54.
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Hopefully you guys watched along with us.
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We had our UFC 2 54 watch along here on SportsCastr We had a blast Thanks again the SportsCastr for allowing you have to happen on Of course, it was the second round submission Habib Tomoko Madoff had his hand raised.
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It was really, really a great performance by Habib Tomoko Madoff.
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Hey seemed to be in control for pretty much the whole fight.
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Albeit there were some moments where just engage You landed some great leg kicks on, you know, some nice punches and had some answers on the on the takedown defense side.
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But this that fight was moving goes it was moving at a high pace and Herbie was on a mission.
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Yeah, dare I say? Hubby actually looked like he improved, if that's even possible, because, really, the question marks going into the spider.
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What if a guy like just engaging who's so awkward and can throw with so much power from different angles? What if he lands? Well? Justin landed and Habib took it.
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And not only did he beat take it, he came forward and he threw punches of his own.
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Hey was in Justin's element for a while, and then he did get his take downs that he needed.
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And then eventually, just the way was able to pass the guard and get that choke.
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That's pretty legendary.
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And then afterwards, of course, him expressing just how much all this meant to him on breaking down in the center of the cage kind of reminds a lot of us of Michael Jordan a little bit when when he lost his father, so it was overall, you know, the whole the entire card was fun.
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The whole day was fun and we started off early this time, right at 10 a.
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m. And even that was kind of different.
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But it was fighting.
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Yeah, it wasn't a country with a Yeah, for sure, man.
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It was a good time.
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Uh, Abner Magomadov, like go said he took Justine's best punch.
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He didn't taken assault of punches.
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Like, a lot of Just engage the opponents have been on the wrong side of you know, where you where you look back and go.
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Whoa, whoa.
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I got hit by 50 or 70 significant strikes.
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No, it wasn't like that, because again, the fight ended in the second round, But he did get hit with some.
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He got hit with some leg kicks, which, by the way, Justin said he he nailed him with some good ones.
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And he thinks B would have been troubled that the fight kept going.
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But I think that too.
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I don't want to say he'll be walked through him, but they didn't stop him, you know? So hey, could only answer that.
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He'll be, you know, a faras the damage that he took.
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But either way, it didn't stop him from what he wanted to do.
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And then eventually, when he got him to the ground goes, it looked like it looked like just a big brother playing with his little brother.
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I mean, He was so strong, you know? And he was trapping his arm and looked like he wanted to go for the arm bar.
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And But the way just mounted him and did that, you know, he set the triangle up from the top.
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E.
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He did it with such force, you know, like he gay.
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He couldn't stop gauge you couldn't stop him.
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You couldn't stop him from doing what what he had set out to do, you know? And that's how he beat him.
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He triangle them, you know.
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But I think all of it was just not only from technique but brute strength.
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You know, looking back on it, I don't think that was one of it was one of Habib's best performances, but it was actually one of Justin's poor performances.
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There was something about that.
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I don't know if the moment got to him what he just seemed like a little tired or like his energy was just running two months.
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Yeah, it was just odd.
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It was a little odd for just engaging, but he did land the leg kicks.
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He did land his shots.
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He just wasn't able to get the job done.
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And it's because of how great how be, really is.
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Yeah, we noted that on the watch along he seemed he was like he was getting tired and look.
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It was a torrid pace, for sure.
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And when you get hit, that also saps your energy.
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It's not just, you know, it's not just the cardio itself.
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I mean, when you're getting hit, you know it's gonna bring down your energy meter.
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And here's the thing with that, though.
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I think at the end, when he did an interview with Meghan A Levy, he said he had a good time.
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He got the adrenaline dump that he gets from fights, but still, usually when fighters say that the adrenaline dump, I think what they're meaning is the high I get from competing, you know? But he started droning them, and I almost felt like he had that. That usually happens, too.
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Inexperienced fighters, but hobby Excuse me? Yeah, Justin was moving around so much, he looked like he was flailing his arms like, don't don't get me wrong.
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I mean, he did what it took to stop takedowns, you know, which was a lot of it was wrestling, but a lot of it seemed like like he was in a panic.
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Um, and in doing so, I don't know that he was controlling his breathing and staying calm.
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And, um, you know, I see Justin throw some wild punches, but I've also seen him throw some straight punches.
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And I didn't see straight punches on Saturday after I saw wild punches except for his uppercut.
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That's always there.
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But still, for the most part, he was just on his back foot and was all do the Habib's pressure and we don't know.
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Maybe Habib also blows the gas getting around three or four because I was quite a pace for him.
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But that with Habib, it's hard to poke holes into anything he does because he's 29 no, he's 29 overall, you know, and like 14 to know in the UFC with three title defenses, you know it's speculating on him other than to say he's great is a great mistake.
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I will agree with this, though.
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Had that fight gone a little longer, there's Habib would have had to done something to nullify those kicks because I could tell they were already starting to maybe bother him a little bit.
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So just a couple more, I think really would have hindered him.
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And think about wrestlers.
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You know, that explosion that you need from that front leg? If it ain't there, it could have been rough.
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But then that being said, Habib actually stood in front of them and exchange exchange punches.
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So I don't know.
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I mean, fighters, even even that late in their career still get better.
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And I think Habib showed that he got better.
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Yeah, nobody's been ableto mall G like that.
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Even the fights that gauges lost, you know, against Alvarez employ.
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You know, he was putting it on them, too.
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But this was a little bit more of a one sided affair and even gauge.
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He looked like he was standing there, humbled like, Hey, man, I'm just in the presence of a great fighter And it was an honor to fight him.
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He said all the right things leading up to the fight and coming out of the fight, I was very, very impressed with just engaging.
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And how do you not include him in the future plans off the UFC lightweight division? Because, like we said, folks of even Armando Madoff retired.
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I saw it coming.
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Obviously, once he started taking off the gloves, I was like, Here we go.
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I thought for a second.
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Well, actually, let's go through it step by step.
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He gets the submission and then he goes to the center of the Octagon and he kind of pushes this like, not physically pushes.
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But he kind of just tells his teammates, like his corner man, you know, who are obviously about to enter the octagon, just kind of give me a moment.
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And then he goes straight to the ground and I knew obviously that was probably all the emotions coming out from this being the first time that that he can't celebrate with his father.
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He's fought without his father present, but not without his father.
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You know, being alive, knowing that he's cheering him on wherever he's at.
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And he did a whole training camp without his dad as well, you know, I think all of that just came out.
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Then he shared with us the promise that he made with his mom that he just wouldn't fight because if he can't fight with his dad, he's not interested in fighting so but But still, he was really, really emotional.
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And I mean that that that was it was difficult to see for me because I just felt for him, you know? And so as he starts taking off the gloves, I just start thinking back to that emotional moment that I had and I'm like, Yeah, it's gotta be that he's he's going to retire.
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You know, I don't like it when fighters do it right then and there because there's many ways the, you know, slice this pie up in terms of, Well, why did he do it? Because of this because of his age? Because the money is not right? No, he's in his prime folks.
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He took very little damage.
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He could probably fight.
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You know how we always say, Hey, we've got to get one more.
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And before Ramadan, which is April 2021 he could get one more in, you know, and they could be against McGregor, a very lucrative fight.
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But he just you know, he went through his steps, he took off the gloves, he collected himself, and he just said, That's it, he wants, He wants to hang it up he's done and I don't know, it goes, I guess my first question is, what did you think of his retirement announcement? And then you lead things off in terms of do you think he'll be back? I understood it.
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I really did.
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Um, he gave all of the background that you You really don't need to hear too much in that situation, considering what he went through.
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And if you look at some of the things that he said in the past, he doesn't seem to be a guy that really goes back on too many things.
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I think there have probably been moments where they could have put that Connor fight together the rematch and like you said, that's a very big payday, and he's kind of walked away from that because of his principles and his dislike of Connor McGregor.
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Eso I can only equate it to that in that when when Habib says something, it seems like he really does mean it, like his word means something.
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So So I had to guess.
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I would have to say that this is something that's going to stick.
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Actually, no, let me say it this way.
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In his head.
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I believe that he believes he is retired and done, but in the subsequent months, maybe even a year later, I think there's just some kind of juices in a competitors that come out and the avoid kind of goes away.
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And I think when you see somebody else holding your bell, all that stuff, I do think something comes out of you.
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And I think maybe at that time he'll reassess and possibly come back.
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Um, he's got to deal with the loss of his father, and he's got to be there for his family.
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And so I understand that.
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But I do think eventually he may come back.
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Yeah, this is in a retirement alone.
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It's a retirement during this horrible pandemic that we're in that took the life of his father that attacked many in the village where he's from in Dagestan.
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He's got a lot to process.
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He's got a lot to, you know, get over.
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I mean, just getting out of the United States and finding his way to, you know, back to Russia and then from there to Abu Dhabi and then from Abu Dhabi to get out to get back to Russia.
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all this while remember, his father battled for a while.
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His father was a warrior man.
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He didn't just, you know Hey, had a couple bouts.
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I believe Hey was in a coma.
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I know that.
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And he came out of Imagine all that, man.
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He's had a lot to go through in 2020.
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That cannot be easy.
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And, yeah, like Go said, You know, there's a lot of fighters.
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There's a lot of athletes that have these principles, and you, you look and Satan, that guy, that's a man of his word folks.
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It has nothing to do with that.
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Sometimes you realize that that's just a position that you're in an opportunity comes, comes where, uh, you can't turn your back on goes and I mess around all day with our friends and family.
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What if if a millionaire or billionaire said this, what if, you know, trust me, there seems to be a price for everything.
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But, you know, look, I can think of Barry Sanders.
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She seemed like a very principled man.
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He was a running back in the NFL who who said I'm done at his peak and he's been done, you know, There's been a lot of fighters and excuse me, athletes that have walked away and come back, But it has nothing to do.
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I don't think with money, your upbringing, your principles, your religion and Mohammed Ali was, you know, practice Islam.
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And he came back a few times, so I don't know if he never comes back, it wouldn't shock me.
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And if he comes back, it wouldn't shock me.
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I just think the more likely scenario is that he could come back and you brought up Connor.
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McGregor goes, How many times did he say he wouldn't fight him unless Connor one you know, 10,500 fights or this or that? And then all of a sudden he started warming up to him.
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You know, like I think fighters.
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It's this little mind game that fighters play.
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Athletes play with each other, you know, and they come around.
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I never thought Joe Montana would play for any team other than the 40 Niners, you know.
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And it happened.
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Emmitt Smith.
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For the Cowboys, he's long.
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These fighters, longtime athletes, you know, with with a certain organization, you know, Kobe Bryant went 20 years with the Lakers hats off, but he almost signed with the Clippers.
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One time there was a offer tendered and everything.
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So trust me, it just seems to be a right time in the right price for everybody.
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We will see.
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But in the meantime goes I guess we have some sort of a vacancy.
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I don't know how quick do you if he's gonna move to fill it? Um, a beacon.
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Always vacate and come back.
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It's not like you have to think about it and hold on to the titles.
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And if so, you've had some time to process it now, about 36 hours.
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What would you like to do with that division? I mean, if I had my way tournament all day, baby.
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Okay, E.
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I mean, come on, man.
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Look, it's a division where you have that type of death and you have so much debt that you could even have a couple alternates where if they stepped in it still be monsters in this thing.
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On Ben, you have your own UFC rankings, which I think at that point you just gotta use them.
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Just use those and see them that way.
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The only thing that would be kind of difficult is, I guess, Connor an employee.
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But you just break that up, man, and you look at the UFC rankings or think the way it would end up being is Connor would end up fighting Dan Hooker, I think.
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And then the Onley thing I would tweak it was Look, man, you just signed Michael Chandler.
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There's no way around it.
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The guy's not ranked, but he deserved to be in a tournament like that.
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So you just take the number eight, given the number eight spot, you know, and throw him in there.
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Um, that's what I would do in a perfect world.
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But I don't Dana.
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It was always said that they're just done with tournaments.
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They're not going to do it.
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I mean, get a sponsor and and make it a $10 million Grand Prix or something like that.
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You know that when they call it a Grand Prix, it sounds big or a tournament, but this is special cir***stances.
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And these, by the way, I've come up a lot.
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I mean, we could have done something with the light heavyweights, but let go so that division is super super stacked and it has old Connor McGregor in it.
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They could do something.
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They could do a four man tournament.
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And you're not gonna like this.
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And others Michael Chandler.
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But it looks like he'd be left out of I think you gotta go with boy E g.
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Ferguson and Connor there.
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If you go eight man tournament, I think there's an argument to be made for Chandler, their recent free agency signing.
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Who they thought so much of that he was ready to step in and fight for the title if either of these two guys couldn't have made it to the dance.
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Heck, we haven't even discussed that way.
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And by the way, because we haven't been with you since last Thursday.
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But I think that's water under the bridge at this point.
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Ah, controversial way.
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And maybe we'll touch on it when when Fatah Hanun joins us, our colleague.
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But if you go 16 man, who now you really open things up, you know, because even at at a good fighters were getting left out at eight.
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Who are probably like, What have I got to do? You know what I mean.
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At 16 you could make it interesting you could go 12 and give the top for a by, you know, to recover because, hey, here's how I am Packet.
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If you only go for men, you you have to go boy.
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Connor, Ferguson, G.
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And I know a lot of people would say, Well, McGregor employees is made.
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Let's have them do it and then let's have the other to do it.
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I don't want those.
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I don't want those that set of four to run it back. They vault.
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They've all fought McGregor.
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**** had 45 gauge.
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You just fought Ferguson for the interim title.
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I'd rather see the fresh matchup, so I'd rather see Soya and Ferguson G and Connor McGregor.
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And I don't think you interrupt any sort of pre fight buildup.
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I haven't seen any posters or any teasers or anything like that, so I think you could do it that way.
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Now here's the other thing.
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If they go No. No.
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Four.
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No, wait, No.
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12 No.
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16 Hoya and McGregor seem to be in the driver's seat.
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And I'll tell you why.
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Because they're coming off winds.
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I imagine that might have a little bit of weight and the fight kind of is already made, Um, with obviously anybody else like a Ferguson and G immediately getting into a fight that couldn't become a number one contender to that.
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It's not like I'm slighting those guys down.
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I mean, I don't know.
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There's probably so many different opinions out there of what could happen.
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Look, McGregor is the former champ a lightweight, and the other three are all former interim champs.
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So they've all worn straps, man.
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They are.
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They're all lightweight legends.
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You know what I mean? You can't possibly make a wrong decision, but I think you could make a really right decision on Grand Prix.
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These bad boys.
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8 16 You know, I don't know, man.
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What do you think? I think 16 would take too long because it means you're fighting three times and we're praying that fighters fight three times in one year.
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But now it's starting to look like to for some of the top dogs.
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Uh, but you can't disregard your rankings.
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I think if you do a tournament and you don't use your own rankings, then you're basically ****ting on your rankings.
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You're just saying they don't make any sense.
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So I'll tell you how this would play out.
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If you use the UFC rankings, just engage.
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You would be your number one seed.
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Now, we already said you gotta throw Chandler in there.
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So just giving me a So you just use the rankings are all of a sudden you lose credibility, you know? You know, you gotta You gotta have Chandler in there, you know? He's our unranked.
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So you would make him your eight.
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So who gets the boot in the U.
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S.
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C. Rankings? Diego for hair would get the boot.
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Okay, let's Let's keep it.
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Really.
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The UFC is probably going deep down and tired, right? So now you got G versus Chandler.
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Then you would have destined poi against Paul Felder.
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That's two versus seven.
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Yeah. Okay.
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Tony Ferguson against Charles Oliveira, three versus six.
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And then you'd have Connor McGregor and Dan Hooker like, who wouldn't be down for that scenario? That is pretty nice.
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That is pretty nice.
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Uh, yeah.
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I mean, look, I could live with all of it because I don't get any of the money.
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Um, I don't get some award for coming up with the brain with the rating rankings.
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or the seedings or nothing.
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I'm just a a fat fan that's gonna watch the fights with my beer in my hand and cheer and make bets and all that.
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No, I'm fighting.
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No.
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Remember somebody in the chats that your slimming Oh, well, thank you, that kind person.
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But I still got a ways to go.
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How about that? Anyway, look, that's the fun part is coming up with all of the these ideas.
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But go said it earlier.
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Taking a white is just not tournament friendly.
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I don't know why.
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Really, because it's not like he's biting Prides idea or Strike Forces idea or Bela Tarr's idea.
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They've all done tournaments that they call Brand Freeze.
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Do you have seized the O.
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G of the actual MM A tournament? Their first, uh, dozen Or I don't remember what you have.
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See, they got to before they started coming up with these super fights, which led toe, you know, them crowning champions, but right about a good 15.
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20 UFC s before that Tournaments tournaments for man eight.
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Man 16 man.
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And they still are in the record books.
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And you still look at them in a while.
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Anybody that witnessed them.
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You you remember, man? Now, these were a lot of them were same night.
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You know, when they crowned the original flyweight champion, That wasn't same night.
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That was for four of them.
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And they did it.
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You know, they they staggered that, but they could do it.
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I think it could be big, you know, especially with the ESPN machine.
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With the depth that they have, they could have some alternates and and then with Now, you know, I think coming up with some sort of a headline sponsor for the Grand Prix and making it look lucrative, putting a big price tag.
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I mean, what? It upset the other divisions? Probably.
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But once they get to the point where they can have, you know, that that kind of power and that kind of depth and I guess maybe their time will come, you know, But this just seems like a perfect time to at least explore.
00:23:05
I hope Dana goes okay.
00:23:07
Tuesday, five.
00:23:08
PM come in with the plans.
00:23:10
Come in with the with the presentation.
00:23:13
Let's take a look.
00:23:14
I hope he doesn't just go Shut the **** up.
00:23:15
You know I don't want to hear it.
00:23:16
I really, really want him.
00:23:18
Thio At least take a meeting from somebody you know, somebody that comes with that Excel or whatever.
00:23:24
Whatever happens in these meetings and says, Okay, you know what? The pointer This is the money you stand to make.
00:23:31
This is all the buzz that we would create.
00:23:34
Uh, this is the sponsor, the title sponsor.
00:23:37
Who's gonna pay out this huge sum that you can constantly boast about for the next 12 months or however long it takes us toe to do a tournament? Because you're right, goes eight.
00:23:48
A tournament of eight is if you get it done in the year, that's that's really, really good.
00:23:53
Um, it might take a little bit longer, but come down.
00:23:57
I mean, I would that would bring so much life and just it feels so different.
00:24:02
I think they have to be a little creative at times and do these type of things, and especially in in a pandemic, you know, like you want to stand out a little bit.
00:24:11
Something like this would absolutely stand out.
00:24:13
Look at every other organization has kind of made some sort of adjustment, right? Like the MLB in their playoffs.
00:24:21
They added an extra game.
00:24:22
The MBA had to kind of go through their stuff.
00:24:25
Do this could be their thing.
00:24:26
You know, just we're putting something different.
00:24:29
Because at the end of the day, MBA fans, MLB fans, nobody's crying.
00:24:33
Nobody is saying you ruined baseball.
00:24:36
You ruined basketball with this.
00:24:37
No, man, we're just happy to see sports again.
00:24:39
And I think this is so cool and happy.
00:24:42
Uh, it's pretty cool when you can point to something that's a It's a quarterfinal.
00:24:46
It's a semifinal.
00:24:47
It Zo this it so that, you know, and and again we're not saying you see this Is the new model going forward? No, this is just the once in a not once in a lifetime.
00:24:57
But you know, there's just a non opportunity that they can do and all these fight night cards, you know, you call him UFC Fight Night 1 37 UFC Fight night on ESPN plus 39.
00:25:11
The **** all that.
00:25:12
You know when you can put McGregor versus Hooker, lightweight Grand Prix quarterfinal or semifinal or whatever it is is it progresses to your Super Bowl or whatever you wanna call it your, I guess, your title Grand Prix final.
00:25:27
I don't know that all is big for that one fan.
00:25:31
That's just, you know, clicking with the remote or are searching, you know, on the Internet to see what they what they want to see next, or they're warming up to the sport.
00:25:41
They see something that sounds like a big deal.
00:25:43
That sounds like a big deal.
00:25:45
And, you see, has so many events that they can plug in and play.
00:25:50
Ah, you know, I don't even wanna mention the name but fighter at fighter.
00:25:55
The so also ranked fighter got co vid.
00:25:58
Okay, the things back up, we'll just move them to, you know, for four weeks away, Let's let's hope they have mild in fact, mild symptoms sees me.
00:26:08
We move them down the road a little bit about a month.
00:26:11
Boom.
00:26:12
You know, the UFC just has so many events.
00:26:13
I think they could do a lot of that.
00:26:15
And I think they could really, really make all this happen.
00:26:18
Maybe not in a year, but at most a year in the first quarter of another year, like if they really wanted to start like on a January 1st because you know, it's October 26.
00:26:28
They really could.
00:26:30
They could start with that January 23rd card.
00:26:32
Man, I'm telling you, would be tremendous.
00:26:34
What do you dio if Nate Diaz raises his hand and says, I'd like to be in a zoo.
00:26:39
Well, that's why I'm thinking 12 might be better than eight and the first four get a buy and those first four ****, Maybe those first four just need to either battle it out or just have big fights where they get paid well, aan den await the seedings.
00:26:54
But see, I think the UFC won't do.
00:26:57
I think the US he's going to see like, Hey, we're either doing this or not.
00:27:00
And let's not forget at Bela Tor the champions in the tournament and he's defending.
00:27:05
He's preparing for five round fights.
00:27:06
His belt is at stake.
00:27:08
He's chasing the Grand Prix belt and the $1 million payoff.
00:27:11
But pitbull Freddie, he's actually defending his belt as it takes place.
00:27:15
In a way, it's kind of like kind of nice because you don't want him to sit it out.
00:27:20
But on the other hand, I mean, I think it's pretty cool that, like, can you mention if you win the title in the quarterfinal like that's pretty big.
00:27:27
At that point, you reached this huge pinnacle, you know, like does even making it to the Grand Prix final.
00:27:34
Is that even is Is it anticlimatic? That's why you gotta have some big $10 million payday.
00:27:40
$5 million payday, whatever the you so you can get along with a pretty cool belt.
00:27:46
You know, I think that would be epic, you know? But right now, technically, one of them isn't the champ, so they're all just contenders.
00:27:52
I don't know, man.
00:27:53
My minds ready to explode with all kinds of different ideas of what you could do.
00:27:57
But knowing the UFC, I think they wanna put that title around the Irishman if they can, so he's gonna have one of the easier paths, you know, toe, Get there.
00:28:07
I want to make your head explode.
00:28:09
Hey, guys, that I gave you.
00:28:11
Who's the favorite to win that? If they all just stay healthy, I'll just I'll just run through it again.
00:28:19
Who were the matchups again? McGregor, versus, You know, great.
00:28:23
The right age versus Chandler.
00:28:25
Well, you got to start off with a boy versus Felder, Ferguson versus Oliveira and then Hooker and Connor.
00:28:35
Well, there's e don't have to answer the question first when I got the answer is Michael Chandler versus just engaging high Father, how are you? Hey, guys, how's it going? Oh, man, I'm in this tough.
00:28:48
A winner of G versus Chandler.
00:28:52
Um, are you gonna answer that? Did I save you? You experiencing that man up? Alright, so that's 400 our colleague at him and make junkie.
00:29:03
We'll talk to her in just a second.
00:29:05
But goes, I think I'm gonna go with Chandler and the upset.
00:29:08
Give me the next one. Come on.
00:29:10
Oh, you're doing that fight by fight.
00:29:11
You want to know I'm not chickening out? The next fight will be destined versus Paul Felder boy.
00:29:20
Alright, then it's Ferguson versus Oliveira Ferguson and then Connor McGregor and down Hooker McGregor.
00:29:30
Alright, I'll take a deep breath. We're good.
00:29:32
We're good for now. We got through the quarterfinals. Fatah.
00:29:34
How are you? Good.
00:29:35
How are you guys? Good.
00:29:37
Thank you.
00:29:38
Great job out there along with John Morgan.
00:29:40
I know you were also working with another outlet but we saw a lot of your work. Congratulations.
00:29:44
I was awesome.
00:29:45
Thank you so much. I appreciate it.
00:29:47
Yeah, we could Ghost Couldn't even give you, like, a full day to recover.
00:29:50
He's already asking me to do interview.
00:29:52
Are you back home yet or No, I'm actually standing up with a B A. I fly home tomorrow.
00:29:59
Mm.
00:30:00
Okay.
00:30:01
All right.
00:30:02
Cool.
00:30:03
Well, are you taking people's money? One last day on the basketball court or what? No, no, I wanted to see my family.
00:30:08
So, uh, my brother and my cousin drove from Dubai.
00:30:12
Thio. Come see me.
00:30:13
So I find it tomorrow.
00:30:14
Gotcha.
00:30:15
All right, Fatah, react to the Habib Narmada Madoff Just engaging fight and subsequent announcement.
00:30:24
What were you thinking was all this unfolded? I definitely didn't expect the retirement.
00:30:29
Now, when I think about it, the fact that he did it, it's not crazy.
00:30:32
But in the moment, I didn't expect it at all.
00:30:35
I kind of saw him playing with his gloves and I knew it was coming.
00:30:37
But I'm like, man, because we all thought about the whole 30 you know, thing, which is why I didn't expect it, but yeah, I mean, he's just so good.
00:30:46
It's all I could say, like, uh, it's crazy because like, you look at the last three guys that is being gate report a McGregor, all incredible fighters.
00:30:56
You look at the resume and who they be and and have always makes it look so easy.
00:31:00
Like the fact that he came out and he pressured, just engage me like that had him on the back foot.
00:31:06
I mean, Justin was doing such a good job of trying to keep his back away from the fence because he was all about that pre fight and he kind of did like even what Habib took him down before the finishing sequence that he was trying to circle away.
00:31:17
But Habib, once he gets a hold of you, it's crazy.
00:31:19
And he's just so mentally strong that he doesn't get deterred in the fight when things aren't going his way.
00:31:25
I mean, two judges scored around one for Justin Gayatri engage.
00:31:27
He was landing those hard like kicks and he was just eating them and walking forward and then even the leg kick at the end that he hit him with that kind of like dropped have even used that to get his take down.
00:31:38
So it's pretty crazy to see that when he's in there, how dialed in he is, considering everything that he's gone through.
00:31:44
We heard about the broken toes and the, uh, mumps, and then obviously the passing of his father.
00:31:50
He had so much pressure on him and so much going on before the fight.
00:31:55
But when he's in there, it's like nothing fazes him.
00:31:59
Yeah, and I wanted to ask you, Did you see? Nor Mongo made off at all limping.
00:32:04
Gauging said that his leg kicks were affected and he felt like if we had more time and he kept kicking him that we really would have seen her beef slow down.
00:32:12
But you know, you're working off adrenaline, so a lot of times you're not feeling it until you sit on the stool for a minute, or or even after the fight you've seen, you know the way Jon Jones exit sometimes when his legs get better.
00:32:23
But what did you see in regard to that? I honestly, I didn't notice.
00:32:27
I mean, I think it was Dan Hardy that caught a clip.
00:32:29
I saw someone reposted and credit Dan Hardy of the finishing sequence Have you got his toes stuck in the cage and you could see him grimacing in pain for a second.
00:32:37
So that was an interesting thing that he pointed out.
00:32:40
It was right before he wrapped his legs around for the triangle, so or in the process of doing it.
00:32:44
But no, I didn't notice.
00:32:45
I mean, uh, that he had any problem at all even before the fight.
00:32:50
I mean, I I interviewed him for the fight.
00:32:51
I had only noticed, to be honest, if it was such like, it was very obvious that he was something I didn't noticed.
00:32:57
Like there was anything wrong with him.
00:32:58
So I mean, it's it's interesting.
00:33:01
I've broken toes that surely it's gonna, like, affect your movement when you're fighting.
00:33:06
Maybe it was okay in his day to day, But when you're fighting and you're putting pressure on your phone, you have just engagement kicking your your leg all the time.
00:33:12
So but no, actually didn't notice when goes was a little guy.
00:33:17
I stepped on one of his Legos once, and I think I was out for the count for about like 30 minutes I can only imagine breaking your toes and fighting the likes of somebody like just engaging.
00:33:26
So, yeah, man, these guys just know how to mentally shut the pain off and and keep the focus on and go out there and doing their thing.
00:33:35
And hobby was impressive.
00:33:37
I mean, he made it look easy, and I don't want to disrespect just engaged because he was an adequate number one contender Challenger, interim champ.
00:33:44
He deserved to be in that spot, but, uh, Habib just he really did make it look easy.
00:33:50
And like you said, Fatah, all of a sudden, you see him very emotional.
00:33:54
He goes down to the center of the octagon, he starts to tear up, and I'm sure he's processing a lot of emotions.
00:34:03
But finally, when we get to the point where they're gonna, you know, announced the winner and we know John Annex gonna you know, talk to him, post fight, and you see him on taking the gloves off.
00:34:14
There seemed to be this urgency like I need to do this first before I talk to John.
00:34:18
A lot of time fighters just wanted to start that process on, and I don't read too much into it, but I saw it coming and made me sad.
00:34:28
Yeah, it was extremely emotional.
00:34:30
I mean, he honestly had the weight of the world on his shoulders, like even him being in Abu Dhabi.
00:34:36
He's because he's a hero, like in the Middle East in general and the entire Arab world.
00:34:40
So for him, he had all that pressure off, like all these people expecting things out of him and then add on to with the fact that he's an undefeated champion and he's fighting a guy that on paper was supposed to be his toughest test to date.
00:34:52
And then the passing of this father, trying to make his father proud all of this stuff on his shoulders.
00:34:57
And it's almost like when he won the fight, he could exhale like literally like he had.
00:35:02
He was holding everything in, and then he could just finally breathe.
00:35:06
And it was like a sigh of relief for him, and I mean, his coach said he didn't see the retirement coming.
00:35:10
He didn't know about it.
00:35:12
Eso obviously this was something he kept to himself.
00:35:14
He probably didn't want people talking to him before the fight and trying to talk him out of it and stuff.
00:35:18
So that's probably why he he kept it till after.
00:35:21
But yeah, I mean, it was very, very emotional.
00:35:24
You could tell how everybody was.
00:35:26
Just like Justin is a great guy and a lot of people everybody loves just engagement.
00:35:30
But you could tell everybody just fault.
00:35:32
Eso happy for heavy on this moment that he had.
00:35:36
I have a two part question for you.
00:35:39
Hey, do you think he will remain retired and be if he came back? What do you think it would be for? In other words, to get the 30 you know, to just regain his bell? What would drag him out of retirement? I probably like I don't think it's the belt that will drag him out of retirement.
00:35:58
I think like the whole 30 and nothing, It's just missing competition.
00:36:02
I think that's what it is e mean.
00:36:04
He says he had, like the retirement thing was on his mind from before, it seemed like something that he had planned.
00:36:09
I do believe he's a command of this word.
00:36:11
If there's anyone who's gonna be like that, it's gonna be Habib.
00:36:13
But maybe a couple of years later.
00:36:16
I mean, the sport changes so much.
00:36:18
It's pretty crazy how these people come out of nowhere.
00:36:20
There could be another dominant, undefeated lightweight or or someone that's like, unbeatable and unstoppable, and then it kind of encourages having to come out.
00:36:28
I mean, who would have ever thought George ST Pierre was gonna come out of retirement? Fight Michael business for the middleweight title? It's not even something that you would have.
00:36:34
It's not even a scenario you would have painted when George retired.
00:36:37
So that's because a lot of people didn't think Michael, this one would end up being championed.
00:36:41
So I think it's all about time.
00:36:44
I do see him because he's young.
00:36:46
Is he 32 or something? So he's so I mean, he's not, uh he's like in his prime.
00:36:51
He gets better every single flight, so it's pretty crazy to think how much better he could have even gotten.
00:36:56
I mean, as the competition gets stiffer, his performances get better, so he still has a lot in him.
00:37:01
So maybe the competitive the competitors in him might get that itch to come back because it's not like it's different scenario than someone like Anderson Silva, where he's not at his prime anymore, and he's not performing the way he was when he was running through the middleweight division.
00:37:14
So with Hobby.
00:37:15
But I think maybe we'll George C.
00:37:17
P.
00:37:18
A.
00:37:19
You can't wait a couple of years with George because, like for Georgia, I feel like it's gotta be now within the next year.
00:37:22
But it could be someone else that lures them out of retirement.
00:37:24
I don't know.
00:37:25
I don't think it's the money or the belt or anything like that.
00:37:27
I think it's just the competition, knowing that you were so dominant and you could beat everybody having that confidence in your ability and and just the competitors in you.
00:37:37
If somebody emerges and comes out off the lightweight division, a new face or somebody that's unstoppable or something like that and encourages happy to maybe get that one more to make it 30 You know, I don't know Prada.
00:37:50
Habib's father, wasn't just exclusive, too happy, right? He helped trained a lot of fighters.
00:37:56
He was a mentor to a lot of people.
00:37:58
Do you see? Could be maybe taking over that role and being that guy for everyone else now, definitely.
00:38:04
Because he always talks about Islam.
00:38:06
Khrushchev.
00:38:07
I mean, he brings them up every time, always talks about like you remember in U. S.
00:38:10
C.
00:38:11
2 42.
00:38:12
He put the belt on marches, shoulders that that that guy's the next champion And I asked him about Islam and the kind of advice that he was giving Islam and he was talking about being patient.
00:38:20
I mean, have even had to exercise so much patients in his career throughout injuries and problems with making weight and having to be forced out even not too long ago.
00:38:28
When you have toe pull out of the 20 Ferguson fighters, all the covitz stuff, So have Beeb, of all fighters had to exercise a ton of patients throughout his career, getting a lot of criticism, people thinking that he's done or he doesn't wanna fight or he's ducking this or he's doing that.
00:38:41
So it was interesting to see that that was the kind of advice is giving Islam, who's having a hard time getting opponents and he wants to climb the ranks.
00:38:49
And so he's always talking about Islam achieve and and like Habib's in that unique situation, kind of like Connor McGregor, where you're such a big name that anyone associated with you will get shine regardless, even if that person's wanna know to a no Okay, Dylan.
00:39:02
Donna. So how Big Dan and Dana's says.
00:39:04
And what is he to known? MM, A or something.
00:39:06
So when you're associated with such a big name, uh, you could benefit that person's career.
00:39:10
And I feel like Habib is the type of guy that I can imagine will always be at the gym, kind of like a Uriah Faber, where even when he's retired, he's just always gonna be at the gym helping guys give them shine and just build them up.
00:39:23
You know, you were on Fire Island for quite a while and a fight of this magnitude, how we've all been talking about one of the biggest fights of the year, maybe of all time, at any moment.
00:39:34
Sitting there watching that fight, Did you miss crowds at all the Did you have any of that type of feeling? I feel like I was so zoned into the fight because when a fight is so big like that, like, your heart is just like I actually got to sit down for that.
00:39:49
So, like Alison Acosta, I watched, like in the hallway because I was waiting for young Brockovich.
00:39:53
The interview him.
00:39:54
So I was a little bit upset.
00:39:55
So when yon was taking so long, I'm like, I hope he takes even longer because I need I wanna watch the fight.
00:40:01
And thankfully, I swear of all the second the cost that Addison in North cost out.
00:40:05
Yang came in for the interview.
00:40:07
So the finish happened.
00:40:08
I see the finish. I see.
00:40:10
I don't think I even saw his dance.
00:40:11
I didn't see any of that.
00:40:12
And then I had to turn around and go interview on behalf.
00:40:14
So for this fight, where for having engaged, I actually got to sit down actually, and watch it.
00:40:20
I was just so dialed in, to be honest, like, I didn't even think about the like possibility of a crowd even being there or anything like that.
00:40:27
I was just like every move because Habib was just pressuring like crazy and then, uh, gait.
00:40:34
She was hitting him. Those let cakes.
00:40:36
And then he tagged him with, I think, with the left handers, and I got like, you're just in the moment.
00:40:40
Like it was so intense that I didn't even realize that there was no crowd.
00:40:44
The rest of the crowd.
00:40:46
I'm sorry, the rest of the fight card or even maybe, if you just want a lump in the whole fight Island experience all five cards.
00:40:52
What are some moments that stood out to you and you convey Could be, you know, personal moments for you because you got toe, you know, interview Dana White.
00:40:59
Obviously a few times the headliners.
00:41:02
So I'm sure you have some personal moments as well, but that in the competition, I mean, just tell us about the whole experience.
00:41:09
I could start off with personal stuff, I'd probably say, if I could.
00:41:13
I mean, obviously interviewing Dana was great.
00:41:15
So I put that, uh, I put that in the list, and then I remember I played basketball with Joaquin Buckley.
00:41:21
Uh, beginning of flight week.
00:41:23
I think it was Monday.
00:41:25
And the thing is, it's like when I shoot around in the court, I hate it when someone like walks up on me because I could tell that they either want to join or want me to get off.
00:41:34
So I'm like, I'm not getting off because I could go all day.
00:41:36
But when they stand there, I don't mind someone being polite about and asking, cause I'm not going to say no.
00:41:40
So somebody says, Can I join you? I'll be like, sure, even if deep down inside, like like I don't want somebody to join it.
00:41:45
So I see walking Buckley and his team and his two coaches and they're standing.
00:41:49
I couldn't tell if he was walking Buckley and because he was a little bit far.
00:41:52
So as he started approaching, I noticed it was him and they were just standing there.
00:41:57
I could tell they wanted to play, so I, when I noticed, was him.
00:42:00
I take my like earphones off, and I'm like, Oh, you guys want to join? And then they join me.
00:42:05
And then I played me and Joaquin versus his two coaches.
00:42:08
So they started asking me like, Oh, are you like, covering this event and stuff? I'm like, Yeah, I'm a reporter.
00:42:13
I'm like a referendum a junkie and like, Oh, this is cool and stuff like that.
00:42:16
So we started talking, and then we played Joaquin and I played against these two coaches. We won.
00:42:21
We won pretty easily.
00:42:22
Walking is pretty decent basketball.
00:42:23
He's a pretty decent basketball. Very, actually.
00:42:26
Eso we won that game, and it was a tense.
00:42:28
Like we were playing in the sun.
00:42:30
I was exhausted.
00:42:31
I mean, walking was finding exactly complain of the 20 games, but my cardio was not holding up that particular day.
00:42:36
Um, so, yeah, we play and then we just talk and just getting toe like, talk to him a little bit before, and he was telling me how he felt, like in the Kevin Hall and fighting and get to prove himself and stuff.
00:42:46
Just getting the fighters mind is always interesting.
00:42:49
I was cool for me to do on the basketball court as well.
00:42:51
But then, um, so I was telling him I'm like, Okay, I'm like, because I don't think like usually, like when I was covering the fight island that was sitting down with the main, the CO main and then sometimes one other fighters.
00:43:03
So I knew I wasn't gonna sit down with walking Buckley.
00:43:05
So I'm like, All right.
00:43:06
When you get back to your room, just let me know I could call you and we could do an interview, and then I can And I wrote up for for, um, a junkie.
00:43:13
So I'm like, we could do that and just whatever, like whatever you want to say and stuff like that.
00:43:17
So he's like, Sure.
00:43:18
And then I hit him appointing call back later, and then I interviewed him.
00:43:21
So it was cool because we were just like on the basketball court.
00:43:22
So that's definitely and then he ends up pulling off like, knock out in the century.
00:43:26
So that was really cool to see me.
00:43:28
I was backstage for that if I was ****ed, Um, but But I was watching the screen and then I freaking lost my mind like I was just like, Oh my goodness, like tryto act like a professional.
00:43:40
But at the same time, like like I couldn't.
00:43:43
Everyone was reacting like everyone was going crazy and and then he comes backstage and I see him and we're just laughing because I'm like, we're just on the basketball court and talking about this stuff.
00:43:51
So that was definitely, like one of the coolest, uh, coolest moments.
00:43:56
And then I'd say, probably Israel Adesanya as well.
00:44:00
He was great all week with interviews.
00:44:02
I spoke to him three times.
00:44:03
So before the fight and then before the Wayans, because the whole thing with costs that happened with the White Belt and then after the fight.
00:44:10
So seeing his confidence, it's always cool.
00:44:13
Same thing for Habib.
00:44:14
When I sat down with him, I'm like, Man, this guy is so frickin confident.
00:44:17
It's crazy, Like even with everything that was going on with Habib, like dismissing the poi and McGregory matches, talking about Aiken, stand with anybody in the world.
00:44:25
And so the confidence that a lot of these fighters exude.
00:44:28
It's like it's really cool to be around.
00:44:31
And yeah, I'd probably say that I'm probably missing a few other, uh, other things, but yeah, even like tied to Eva's after the fight, he was so emotional, like he was so happy and like he couldn't even.
00:44:43
I don't even know what he was saying to me in the interview because he was just so freaking happy.
00:44:46
And then he just laughed and he put his hand on my shoulder is like, I'm sorry, like he was so freaking happy that like it was just saying anything, but it's nice to see that.
00:44:54
I think it's just nice to see the fighters, how they feel before the fight after the fight, all that stuff.
00:45:01
Would you ever do a shui? By the way, you're gonna get involved, you know, maybe not an alcoholic drink.
00:45:07
I'm not sure if you're a drink or not.
00:45:08
I don't think it'll be so.
00:45:10
But the thing is, I don't drink.
00:45:12
But I don't think Thai would ever accept doing one without beer because he was saying like an arena that he didn't do one because there was no beer.
00:45:19
So he went back to the hotel and did it with Anelka boys.
00:45:21
So I was like, fearing that he would do offer that because water, beer or whatever, I would not do it like freaking disgusting.
00:45:28
So I was so afraid because if he told me to do it, I would have felt like the challenge I had to, because if someone like if it's a challenge, like, I can't back down from it.
00:45:37
But I was hoping inside that he wouldn't and thank God it was just really happy with the winning like No, no, yeah, nuts.
00:45:46
man. What a great experience for you.
00:45:48
You know e mean, I guess we haven't chatted with you since then.
00:45:51
But even, I guess five weeks ago that complement Dana White gave you That was really, really cool thing about all the interviews that he does, you know? And he felt comfortable with you.
00:46:00
He loved your the questions that you gave him, you know, because they just rolled off your tongue so smoothly.
00:46:06
And so, like I said, we're very, very happy for you, Thio for this whole experience being out there.
00:46:11
I'm sure it was pretty tiring at times, but you knocked it out of the park.
00:46:15
Thank you.
00:46:16
I really appreciate that.
00:46:17
What first thing you're going to do when you get home sleep? Probably probably play basketball because I bought new shoes and I'm dying to try them out so that that and sleep? Yeah, you know, with Joaquin Buckley.
00:46:32
If you ever meet up with him on the court, man, you guys got to do some lob dunks or whatever.
00:46:36
That athleticism, man.
00:46:38
I can only imagine he could probably He could probably get up there.
00:46:41
And Duncan did he dunk it in that game? he did not, but like he was hitting those, like a really sweet turnaround short where he'd like turnaround, hang in the air and hit off the glass.
00:46:50
That was money for him, Like that was the most.
00:46:52
So I'd give him a law pass.
00:46:53
Because I love doing that.
00:46:54
Where I love relying on the person I'm playing with moving alone, like understanding that I'm trying to get them toe like either cut to the basket.
00:47:01
So he he moves well so he would move.
00:47:04
And I just loved it over the like, one of his coaches really tall.
00:47:07
So I try to love it over them, and he'd take it, but he take it and turn around right away and shoot it like no dribble, nothing.
00:47:13
So every time I like, love it over, he take a turn around, hang in the air off the guy so that that shot was money for him.
00:47:20
Be honest that the coaches kind of look at you like man, we got these two before you got No, because they were while they were walking, they could see me shooting That was knocking it down.
00:47:31
Okay.
00:47:32
Did you ever look for Jimmy Chitwood Reference.
00:47:35
I think you owe me one.
00:47:36
Hoosiers.
00:47:37
Did you watch the Hoosiers? Not yet, Not yet.
00:47:38
I honestly haven't at the time. I will.
00:47:40
E.
00:47:42
That was a busy five weeks off with another outlet is well and and the time when she could have sat in a room and decompress, she would jump on and say, Hey, working to help out So she was busy.
00:47:54
But there's a scene in that movie Hoosiers, where Jimmy Chitwood basically drills what goes about six or seven jumpers, right? And you know, when you read the behind the scenes on every movie, they were honest and said, Man, that was a life take like he shot it as Gene Hackman was talking to him and he made all of them and eso You'll love it.
00:48:16
I'm telling you, you're gonna love it cause it's a if a basketball movie, it's got some famous actors in it on.
00:48:22
It's got great great great soundtrack, so you're gonna really, really dig it.
00:48:27
But that's what Jimmy Chitwood is the star athlete in the movie.
00:48:30
That's his name in the movie.
00:48:33
I'll definitely check it out, I promise.
00:48:34
What I don't remember was before you left.
00:48:39
I want to say, weren't we pretty close to just converting you into a Laker fan? We said you Now you're going to do it if you're going to do it.
00:48:47
Yeah, I was doing for them in the finals.
00:48:50
Yeah, because the first time we had her on, I think she mentioned the sons.
00:48:54
But then about a good six months ago, nine months ago, there was some Laker talking.
00:49:00
I go Wait a minute. Hold on a second.
00:49:01
What's going on here? But now she said I've been a Laker fan, too.
00:49:04
So, um, that was pretty cool, right? Watching the Lakers.
00:49:08
When that.
00:49:09
Yeah, of course.
00:49:10
Amazing.
00:49:11
I felt like it wouldn't have been right if they didn't like obviously everything with Kobe Bryant as well and stuff by.
00:49:15
Just like I feel like LeBron gets so much hate.
00:49:18
And I knew there was gonna So people are gonna put an asterisk on this championship because it's obviously a different style of play off because of covert or everything.
00:49:25
But that's what they're always going to do with LeBron until he retires.
00:49:29
But I was just so happy that they want Mark Jackson the ****yst for ABC, said.
00:49:33
This was actually the toughest title.
00:49:35
He's the other the toughest team title he's ever seen.
00:49:37
They had to go through to two preseasons, you know, and they practically finished the 82 game schedule.
00:49:45
Doing it without fans is also not easy, you know, And, uh and then you know, they pulled off.
00:49:52
They were basically perfect in the bubble.
00:49:54
Nobody got infected.
00:49:55
The families did join up, but for the first month, they didn't that was mentally trying.
00:50:00
And those guys, everybody, even if Miami would have won, I wouldn't hang an asterisk on them.
00:50:06
I can't believe Pat Riley said What he said.
00:50:08
He kind of walked it back.
00:50:09
But what I wanna know, father is when LeBron was driving.
00:50:14
If he throws it out to you instead of Danny Green, do you hit that shot? Yeah, I joke around the boat I live.
00:50:21
That's the first thing I sent my, my my cousins, and like my brother, we have got a group.
00:50:25
I'm like what, like I would have knocked down that shot Easy, like literally Yeah, for sure.
00:50:31
He was wide open, man.
00:50:32
He had a great look and he's got He's got finals experience.
00:50:36
He's 11 furs.
00:50:38
He's 11 with the Raptors.
00:50:40
Um, I man, he needed to knock that one down, But whatever.
00:50:44
You know, we still got the job done.
00:50:45
But I think I said that to myself.
00:50:47
I think I said, I think I want that one down.
00:50:50
Yeah, for sure.
00:50:51
I mean, well, first of all, I'm a three point shooter.
00:50:54
Second would like to think I'm clutch like usually when we play like tournaments and stuff like I do quite a bit of game winners and stuff, so I wouldn't hit that for sure.
00:51:01
Yeah.
00:51:02
Goes, Did you ever share your clutch story with photo? The one you've never let the one you never stop telling me e never had goes into free throws, was it with no time on the clock or it was at the end, right? Was double overtime with three seconds left to you have a little kid e wait.
00:51:23
We were down by one, so one would tie and then you would win.
00:51:27
And so I had to shoot the two free throws.
00:51:29
But I bring it up because it's kind of throwing our dad under the bus a little bit.
00:51:33
But when I was shooting the first one, he was in the stands.
00:51:38
But he was by the door, which I think he thought I was gonna miss him.
00:51:42
And he was like, I don't want to face all the parents.
00:51:45
So I remember that I got some payback for him one day.
00:51:49
That's all good.
00:51:50
I mean, my my parents never.
00:51:52
I mean, my dad especially, never thought I could make a career out of enemy journalism, So he always laughed about it like he'd back since I believed in you from day one.
00:51:58
He's being sarcastic.
00:51:59
So he never thought like that I would ever make anything.
00:52:02
Like when I tried to pursue this career that he thought it was a waste of my time and people would fill his ears like different family members of mine.
00:52:10
His friends like, what is what I'm doing with her life and stuff like that? So we always talk about it, so it's all good.
00:52:15
Better doesn't make it better.
00:52:17
Yeah, definitely.
00:52:18
And a long story short.
00:52:19
That's why you never see me sweat.
00:52:21
Because I have ice water, My beans.
00:52:23
Let me ask you this we kind of teased it earlier.
00:52:28
Um, before we let you go here, what happened with the way cut? Was that a bigger issue over there? Then it then it became over here.
00:52:37
Was there actually an explanation in terms of I mean, I heard Deron Wind say there's official scale in the back.
00:52:44
Nobody gets on without weighing in, but that's not true.
00:52:47
I've seen a lot of fighters weighing over, you know.
00:52:50
Now it could be over with the UCS knowledge that they're gonna be over.
00:52:53
But I've seen a lot of fighters get on and be over and still have that look like, Whoa, you know, do you know anything about what happened behind the scenes and did? Did that commission official speak out or has anyone spoken out? No.
00:53:06
Actually, it was a bigger deal on social media than it was there.
00:53:09
Like being there like I just naturally just always go on Twitter and stuff like that.
00:53:13
So just in terms of the people there and and stuff like that, it wasn't a big deal or anything.
00:53:18
It was actually a bigger deal on on social media and stuff like that.
00:53:20
So I don't think it was addressed or even brought up or anything like that.
00:53:24
I guess you can think, Like, why would he come in? Quite early? Like usually, If you come in towards the end, you've got two hours.
00:53:31
If you come in at the end of the window, then you have a problem.
00:53:34
Makes more sense.
00:53:35
It's kind of like when Brian Ortega came in with a shaved head around like he had wake up problems, but, like, why would he come in first? So, yeah, it was weird, but it wasn't actually really addressed.
00:53:46
Or or at least not to my knowledge.
00:53:49
Okay.
00:53:50
And then lastly, uh, and by the way, folks, the G camp that I know it did not have a problem.
00:53:56
They didn't speak up.
00:53:57
So the last question you walked in on goes and I were already planning the future of the lightweight division.
00:54:03
Anything from just match up versus Connor? Let's do a four man tournament.
00:54:07
Eight man tournament, 12 and 16.
00:54:09
I mean, Grand Prix.
00:54:10
Everything you could think of.
00:54:11
We've been discussing, and it's been kind of fun.
00:54:13
But what are your thoughts? What do you think should happen? I don't think the U.
00:54:18
C would do a tournament just because they never like, really do that kind of stuff.
00:54:21
But, I mean, I love the addition of Michael Chandler.
00:54:25
I think he's a great guy.
00:54:26
I got to speak to him a couple of times, like like I just love his confidence.
00:54:31
I love how he's like even people are gonna have, like, will be skeptical of his edition and him not deserving certain fighting all.
00:54:37
But I think he's great, and I think he's a great addition.
00:54:40
Um, I like Charles Oliveira coming in and saying, Don't forget about me You've also got Dan Hooker in the mix as well, so add them like phone extend a little bit.
00:54:47
Paul Felder if he comes back.
00:54:49
So I think it's super fun.
00:54:51
I mean, maybe it's like a sigh of relief for the lightweight division, because how big has been so dominant and you've got the like, poor E.
00:54:57
G and McGregor, who just lost to him.
00:54:59
The others didn't get a chance.
00:55:00
I think they were still at least, I mean, obviously the biggest heartbreak would be for Tony Ferguson.
00:55:05
But in terms of down hooker Charles all there, I think they were maybe at least one or two more fights away from Fighting Habib.
00:55:11
But, yeah, it's just it makes things really interesting.
00:55:13
I feel I just engage you.
00:55:14
Wasn't is upset because now the titles up for grabs.
00:55:18
I mean, I I can imagine that he would have been a cool guy anyway.
00:55:20
He did media, which I really appreciate, and he really didn't have to talk to anybody after the laws.
00:55:25
So I spoke to him after the laws.
00:55:27
But it almost seems like he can't help but knowing that the belt is now vacant, that it's almost like he doesn't even get a chance to digest the loss.
00:55:36
Because now he's already thinking of what's next and how to reposition himself.
00:55:39
Because usually it's hard to get a rematch with the guy you just lost two.
00:55:43
But that's no longer the case with dress engaging.
00:55:45
So one more impressive win whether, well, I'm assuming Counter and Korea are fighting.
00:55:51
So, whether with Michael Chandler or if he fights Dan Hooker, whoever he fights, he knows that with one big win, he can reposition himself.
00:55:59
So everybody has short memories in the sports.
00:56:01
So that's a look at Brian Ortega I mean, look at from Max Holloway toe to his performance over chance and junk like now everyone's like, Yeah, he does deserve a title shot against walking off ski before people are like this shouldn't be a number one contender.
00:56:13
Fight it on Lee should be a zombie wince.
00:56:15
And now everyone's like, Sure or take is gonna be walking Ask enough? It's like people changing their minds so quickly.
00:56:20
So, yeah, I just I think there are so many exciting things to do.
00:56:25
If they do, I wouldn't do now.
00:56:28
I wouldn't do poor McGregor, too.
00:56:30
Now that or g in Ferguson to I think I would switch them around and say, G versus Connor and Poi versus Ferguson.
00:56:40
Um, if Foreman tournament because it's not sentenced no employer, and McGregor is not set in stone, so you can figure it out.
00:56:48
Make it the Etihad Airlines Grand Prix.
00:56:50
$10 million to the winner, making 9,500,000.
00:56:54
The other 500 grand goes to Poise Foundation.
00:56:58
I mean, it could be tremendous.
00:56:59
Think about what they could do with it, and we're not saying Hey, UFC do this going forward.
00:57:04
This is just on opportunity that presented itself.
00:57:06
You got depth in the division, you got big names in the division, I man, I mean this.
00:57:11
This could just be tremendous.
00:57:12
And they have so many fight cards that even if somebody gets tripped up, you know, broken toes, Kobe and whatever, they have so many cards, they can plug them in along the way.
00:57:21
And, like I was telling, goes, I'm tired of UFC on ESPN plus 38 or UFC Fight Night 1 79.
00:57:29
You know, I'm tired of all that when you can call something the quarterfinals.
00:57:33
You know, the Grand Prix or whatever.
00:57:35
I just think it It lifts the casual fan that's clicking and changing the channel on Like what is the Grand Prix? The quarterfinal must be important.
00:57:43
Champions League quarterfinals Air important, eh? NBA Semifinals, Air important.
00:57:47
The Super Bowls? Or, you know it's a part part of has to do with the title.
00:57:51
You know what I mean? The presentation.
00:57:54
I agree.
00:57:55
I agree, because you see a lot of different promotions doing it.
00:57:57
All the other promotions they're doing it like with Belt or PFL have a certain format.
00:58:01
Even the very much smaller organizations.
00:58:03
They're starting to do that because that's how you get just throwing.
00:58:06
Like you said in A something like that, like a big, shiny trophy or belt or whatever it is.
00:58:11
Um, like there was a local promotion Brave Combat Federation, which I covered numerous times over the years.
00:58:17
They created a tournament, and it was like, uh, I can't remember what the prize money was, but there was a prize money they created that it was so like, dramatic, the way they even presented the boat, like freaking planes flying it down and stuff, even if people are mocking it.
00:58:31
Yeah, yeah, they call it like a helicopter flew it down and it was just like it was going to.
00:58:36
But let's see exactly.
00:58:37
That's my point.
00:58:38
It's like even if you think it's ridiculous, you're you're looking at it, you're watching it on.
00:58:42
That's the whole point.
00:58:43
Like maybe don't drop it down with the plane or anything, but, like, in general, just doing something different with the brand like that.
00:58:49
I agree, because then it will just get people curious, even if they're not familiar with the fighters, which obviously they would be in the U s C s case.
00:58:57
It just makes it fun.
00:58:58
Look how big L b m f waas, right? Exactly goes What was the hotel that had a million dollars in cash? You'd walked right by it here in Vegas.
00:59:08
The hard rock was at the Hard rock.
00:59:10
Yeah, we used to tell Ray Sefo from PFL have the million dollars everywhere you go, you know, just have that obviously, with some protection or whatever you got to do.
00:59:18
But that for some reason, people gravitate to that type of stuff.
00:59:22
Um, so I hope they do it.
00:59:23
I got one last question here for I'm sorry for keeping you here this long, but are you also an N c a.
00:59:29
A fan of basketball? Are you more just MBA? I used thio like I remember watching Kemba Walker on his run, and I was so excited for him in the n b A.
00:59:39
And I think he's great.
00:59:40
I just I don't think we've seen his full potential or if we ever will see his full potential.
00:59:45
But that was what was that? 2000 and 11.
00:59:48
If I'm not mistaken, So yeah, like back then I did.
00:59:52
Now I just covering ever made is very like it's just hard.
00:59:55
I have to stay up like already stay up a lot as it is, having to follow the other stuff just makes it impossible.
01:00:02
Well, when things were back to normal goes and I host March Madness at At the Sports Book at Mandalay Bay, where our studio is, I'm telling you it's an experience that you won't ever forget.
01:00:13
For four days nonstop basketball, there's buzzer beaters.
01:00:18
There's all kinds of emotion that the sports book doesn't get more packed than that includes Breeders Cup, Super Bowl, a lot of the MBA finals.
01:00:26
I mean, March Madness is something else, and I thought of it only because we were talking about all these big titles you could get toe, you know, some sort of a sporting event in March.
01:00:34
Madness is up there as well.
01:00:35
And then I thought, Wait a minute.
01:00:36
She loves basketball.
01:00:38
So the invites always there.
01:00:40
It's in March, obviously.
01:00:41
And then when things get back to normal, if I'm sure, I'm sure you wanted to come to the fight capital at some point.
01:00:47
Now that you've got this awesome career going, if you could time it around a March madness.
01:00:51
The invites there.
01:00:53
Thank you.
01:00:54
Yeah, I know how crazy it gets.
01:00:57
Like I just even watching it on TV.
01:00:59
It looks so unbelievable.
01:01:00
The fact that I was willing to stay up, pull all nighters and go straight to university for it proves that it was super exciting from you, So Yeah, Nice.
01:01:09
Alright.
01:01:10
Well, congrats on the great run.
01:01:11
You had out there for five weeks and Fight Island was probably six by the time you get home.
01:01:15
And, uh, thanks for spending some time with us here on junkie radio this Monday morning or Monday evening for you.
01:01:21
Thank you guys so much.
01:01:22
I appreciate you guys having me.
01:01:23
It was a lot of fun.
01:01:25
All right, we'll see it.
01:01:26
Yeah.
01:01:28
Alright, folks, that is far. Afternoon.
01:01:30
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01:01:31
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01:01:35
Her and John Morgan, uh, give them a shout out on social media because they really, really worked.
01:01:39
Their ass is off, John, I think just getting back to town now.
01:01:43
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