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“I believe there are people out there that just have a warrior spirit, whether it’s fighting or something, they’ve got to do it. It’s hard to identify with me; it’s just something I do.” —Evan Tanner, 2005
Jim Rome Talks MMA, Boxing and Chuck Liddell - May 24th, 2007
Radio host Jim Rome of the show The Jim Rome Show and TV show Jim Rome is Burning Spoke about MMA on his radio show today. In his opening monologue he talked about Floyd Mayweather’s and Bernard Hopkins recent comments on MMA. Rome feels that they are “Different Sports… They are playing two different games.”
Mayweather feels that Chuck Liddell wouldn’t last long in a boxing match Rome had a different take. “Liddell could hang in a boxers world longer then a boxer could hang in his world. It’s a rules thing. Once the fight goes to the ground it’s just began. With boxing when a fighter goes to the ground the other fighter is forced to go to his corner.”
Rome also has a take on why people prefer MMA over boxing these days. “People watch boxing for Blood… to watch people get Knocked Out. How many people wanna shell out $50 for a PPV to see the Sweet Science? People wanna see people get put to sleep.”
Rome also played a clip from his interview with UFC Light Heavyweight Champ Chuck “the Iceman” Liddell.
Rome - Why are boxers always trying to put down the UFC?
Chuck Liddell – That’s them grasping at straws. They are intimidated by the things we are doing. Floyd Mayweather wouldn’t do well in mma. I got a 135lber at my house that could kick his ass (Antonio Banuelos). In Boxing he wouldn’t fare well of course…
Rome feels that boxers who feel that MMA is just a “Fad” are delusional as long as MMA continues to deliver what it’s fans want MMA is here to stay. MMA is coming fast.
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Brad Doerges: How’s the training going?
Nam Phan: So far so good. With a couple of days till the fight it’s kinda calming down a little bit.
Brad: So who are you training with right now? Are you still with Franco (de Camargo)?
Nam: No me and Franco we had a disagreement, we couldn’t see eye to eye so we split. I stay away from Franco. I train with Marcio Feitosa for Jiu Jitsu with a gi and for no gi I mostly train with Jeremy Williams. For boxing I train with Art James at Westminster Boxing.
Brad: How did you get started in MMA?
Nam: I did Karate since I was a kid for like 8 1/2 years… I also wrestled in high school… I did Jiu Jitsu with Franco for about 5 years… I watched the UFC since I was a kid… I always wanted to do it… So when I started training Jiu Jitsu I told Franco that I wanted to be a fighter because I knew he could get me into some underground fights.
Brad: So who are you fighting this Sunday? I can’t seem to find it anywhere. I have read lots of rumors including San Shou Legend Cung Le.
Nam: (Laughs) That’s Amazing! I saw that. Somebody emailed me that. I was like what are you talking about? I’m not gonna fight my Vietnamese brother.
Brad: Yeah he might be a little big for you too.
Nam: Yeah a little big a little buff you know. Yeah it was a thread on Sherdog. Some of the guys had my back though on the thread so I was pretty happy. I ‘m not challenging any Vietnamese people including Cung Le, he’s a pretty big guy, would probably kick my ass. (Laughs) But at 155 it might be a different story! I probably still wouldn’t fight him. I’m not trying to fight my brothers.
Brad: I heard that you recently grappled with Bill Cooper at Never Tap. How did that go?
Nam: It went very good. Bill Cooper is a very very seasoned grappler. You know I have fought him about 5 times now. The first time I beat him he was only like 16. It was 4-4 in the end but I beat him on an advantage. But the rest of the time he’s has had my number. He’s beat me the other 4 times.
Brad: He’s pretty slick on the ground.
Nam: He’s not bad on the ground. He’s not bad at all. I talked to him he’s telling me he’s gonna do some MMA. Let’s see him pull some half guard shit on me in MMA. (Laughing) I know you are a reporter I just want to let everyone know that me and Bill are friends and I have no animosity towards Bill at all we are buddies. I’m just talking a little trash, nothing personal.
Brad: Did you send the UFC a video for The Ultimate Fighter Season 2?
Nam: You know I was thinking of doing TUF. I think I would do very well but they don’t really have my weight class. All of the guys would be bigger than me. I’m 145 and I have to gain weight to fight at 155. I’m pretty light for my weight class but I train a lot of technique. I think the biggest reason why I didn’t apply for TUF was that I just got accepted to Cal State Fullerton and I just want to finish school. After I graduate I just wan t to really focus on fighting and try to get to Pride and stuff. No distractions.
Brad: Now is a good time to go to Pride with Bushido having that great 155 division…
Nam: I think I would do very well. Get a little more experience and train some more technique. In a couple years I could probably dominate that division.
Brad: Have you ever thought about fighting at 145?
Nam: No no no no no. I fight because I enjoy fighting. Back in high school and college the coach made me cut weight so much that it got to the point that I didn’t enjoy wrestling any more because cutting weight was so serious. I would be torturing myself to get down to 145 and if I was cutting that much weight I wouldn’t enjoy it as much. I like to eat. I like to eat bad un-athletic food. A lot of Tommy’s chili fries and Popeye’s fried chicken.
Brad: Want to thank any of your Sponsors?
Nam: OC Tattoo, NorthStar, Hawaiian Grill, Lake Elsinore Casino, Albaproembroidory.com, Constellation Stereo, cafe’PM/Stars Karaoke Studio, Associated Laboratories , Full Contact Fighter , Sickenlaw , Subfighter.com, Apex Jiu Jitsu, Gracibarrausa.com, Westminster Boxing DG , Bite me mouth guards, and all the guys from Ma Du Entertainment. They have been down with me from day one and they help me out with everything. Oh yeah and MMA-Fighter.com Fo Sure!
Brad: Thanks for the interview see you Sunday.
Nam: You the Man Brad! Have a good one.
I understand your coming off a tough loss in London, what went wrong?
I really don’t know what went wrong………I trained really hard for this fight and I was ready. Everything that I trained for didn’t happen. Maybe I was too eager and the 14 months was to long of an time in between fights.
How much different was it fighting now in 2003 as opposed to UFC 2?
I can’t tell. For my feeling I did not put up anything. What I did train for did not come out at all. Normally I can sweep somebody easily and I don’t get thrown. My last fight was in April 2002 and everything was the same then. I took the same preparation that time, less boxing but further the same.
Who are you training with currently?
With different people, Lee comes over to help me out with boxing together with Terri. I train in Amsterdam Boxing. I get every month a top Brazilian over for hosting a seminar. I train with my people and friends at my own club. That routine I have done all my life, and it worked well. So I need to search for the mistakes by myself.
It seems like your opponent would have been susceptible to submissions, was that your plan or were you working on your standup for this fight?
Normally I just go and make a move so I can take him down. This time I did not do well standing and let him just move in.
Where do you need to improve the most in order to be able to compete with the top-level competition?
Just train. I can box a bit, I can throw a bit and my ground game is ok. I just need to train that is what I need to do.
Who do you think are the best fighters in the sport today?
Too many to mention, now you have so many good heavy weights and light heavy weights, and I still respect the legends like Royce and Renzo Gracie so it is really hard to say
What lesser-known fighter do you think we should be watching?
Lee Murray will be in the top 5 within a year, but since this weekend he is not a lesser-known guy. If you look at my older interviews I predicted a big future for Lee, he has beaten Pele, which is in top shape. So….
What is the funniest thing you have seen in MMA (at training or an event)?
At the moment I can’t see any fun in MMA, due to my loss.
I would however like to thank the people from the Sherdog and Shooto forum giving me support and trying to cheer me up
What are your thoughts on the Pride GP?
It will be tough, really tough, and some fights will be straight wars!!!!!!!
What is your plan for your future in or out of MMA?
Next week I am on training camp with the national team and afterwards I will go for one week to Phoenix giving seminars then one or two weeks rest. Then go for the gold and never let what I did last Sunday happen again
Thank you very much for answering these questions. I wish you well and I hope we can speak again in the future.