Mike “The Man” King

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MMABeats: What is your Martial Arts/ Combat Sports Background?

Mike: My first wrestling match was when I was 4 years old and my last one was at age 18. I started kickboxing at age 17. my background in kickboxing and wrestling benefitted me when I started training in MMA.

MMABeats: Who would you say is your biggest influence in your MMA career and why?

Mike: My girlfriend. Because of her I started taking MMA seriously. She told me she saw something special in me and that made me want to do it to the very best of my ability and to make her proud.

MMABeats: How long have you been involved in MMA ?

Mike: My first amateur fight was in 2007. My first professional fight was in 2010.

MMABeats: What advice would you give a young fighter wanting to make MMA their career?

Mike: If you want to make a career of MMA take it seriously from day one. You only have so many years to train and fight. Make the most of those days.  Martial Arts is a strict lifestyle, and you must give it one hundred per cent

MMABeats: What is a typical training week like for you?

Mike: I have 12-14 training sessions a week. Two Boxing sessions, two grappling sessions and two kickboxing sessions. And then have three strenghtening/ conditoning sessions and three striking/pad work sessions a week depending on the opponent I will be facing. 

MMABeats: How long have you been fighting for CFA ?

Mike: I signed a five fight deal with them not to long ago that has a Zuffa clause which says i can sign with the UFC if i get an offer from them before my contract is up.

MMABeats: Would you like to give a shout out to anyone?

Mike: I would like to thank Titin Tech, Crossfit Redline, Herbalife, Fresh Start Entertainment, Signature Web Design, MMA Owl, @jayfreshstart , Zookies Bar and Grill.  I would like to give a special thanks to Ray Thompson and Stephen Thompson and Upstate Karate for inviting me to train and and making me feel like a part of their martial arts family as well as a part of their actual family.

Be sure to watch Mike King’s welterweight bout vs Oscar Delgado May 24, 2013 for CFA on @AXSTVfights and check out his website http://www.mikekingmma.com

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Coach Jamie Huey: The Ultimate Fighter 17 Team Sonnen Striking Coach

MMABeats: What is your MMA/ Combat Sports background?

Coach Jamie: My background is amateur boxing and co-founder of the second largest boxing program in the pacific northwest.

MMABeats: What is it like coaching Chael Sonnen?

Coach Jamie: When I am working with Chael it is more of a partnership than me coaching him. In all honesty Chael is more of a coach to me than i am to him. He is an amazing athlete to work with.

MMABeats: Who would you like to work with that you havent worked with before?

Coach Jamie: I would love to work with a guy like Frankie Edgar. But even more with guys I feel like could make a big improvements with my help. Also any of the guys from The Ultimate Fighter 17 Team Jones. like Adam Cella. I would love to work with several guys who didn’t make it onto the TUF17 show. Kito Andrews would be on the top of that list. I am willing to work with most anyone who is coachable, but my number one need is LOYALTY. I turn down a lot of work from fighters I call “gym jumpers” . They are fighters that jump from gym to gym their whole career. It is great to cross train at other gyms, and other teams, but I make it a priority to dedicate myself to the right people. Disloyal fighters are why I turn work down all the time. A fighter that is disloyal is the only type I will not work with.

MMABeats: I heard that Jon Jones tried to hire you away from Chael as his coach. What are your thoughts on that ?

Coach Jamie: Jon offered to retain my coaching services. he offered to double what ever Chael was paying me, but little did he know that Chael over pays his coaching staff. My counter offer to Jon was after Chael beats him on April 27,2013 is that when Chael retires i would be willing to help Jon get the title back. That is a true story, it happened in front of the cameras in the TUF gym, and nothing happens in the TUF gym without it being recorded.

MMABeats: How did Team Dark Side come into existence?

Coach Jamie: I told Coach Clayton Hires that he should show appreciation to his boss Brian for letting him take time off on such short notice to travel to corner Chael against Brian Stann. Clayton got Chael to sign the fight towel that was used during this fight for his boss whose name is also Brian. Chael won the fight by an arm triangle submission. Clayton gets the towel and asks Chael to sign it and to make it out to brian. Chael assumes Clayton meant Brian Stann. Chael looks at Clayton and says “Welcome to the dark side coach.”  Everyone knows we are the bad guys so Team Dark Side became our team  for TUF17.

MMABeats: During training camp what does a typical week consist of ?

Coach Jamie: 6-7pm boxing. 7-8pm padwork. 8-9pm sparring, and on Sundays add to that hill sprints and /or running steps to work on cardio.

MMABeats: What kind of music do you listen to while training ?

Coach Jamie: I listen to hiphop and Chael listens to 70s conutry.

I just want to thank Coach Jamie for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk to me. I enjoyed this interview and look forward to talking to him again.

Mike Straka

Mike Straka

MMABeats: How did you go from being a VP and Executive Producer at Fox News to being involved with MMA commentating and the shows you were a part of like Fighting Words and MMA Uncensored Live?
 

Mike: I was wearing many hats at Fox News, and one of them was part time on air talent. One of my bosses called it red light fever…once you get it it’s hard to shake, and if you’ve ever watched Fox News you know I’m in no way their idea of full time on-air talent, so I took my bat and ball and went to HDNet to do Fighting Words. I had hopes the show would have a long run, but to quote Mark Cuban, “the numbers just aren’t there,” so after just 32 episodes (and less than 1/4 of my fox salary) I was out on my ass. The irony is there are no  numbers for anything on HDNet because they enjoy very little distribution but that’s another story. So I bounced around for most of 2011, freelancing and trying in vain to get a full time job. I worked briefly for ABG and the TapouT guys and that was Jamie Salter doing me a solid to be honest, and just when I was going to go back to producing news MMA Uncensored came along, and even though Spike was at war with UFC I had no choice but to take the job and hope for the best. In reality it was a dream job for me, a big budget show that covers the sport I love, but we all know how that ended.
Such is the life of an MMA outcast. I certainly can’t make a living fighting for credentials to cover shows for one fledgling network after another, so to answer your question – ‘how did I go from being a VP and Executive Producer at Fox to where I am today?’ I’d call it some pretty fucking bad luck.

MMABeats: What is your background in MMA / Combat sports ?
I was a second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do who won every tournament I ever entered. One day while I was at Rutgers where I ran the TKD club we entered a tourney at Yale University and I met Herb Perez, who invited me to train with him. I went every day from 1989 to 1992 while Mr. Perez trained for the Olympics and turned from a point fighter to a full contact little machine, largely due to the ass kicking he gave me day in and day out. Herb would go on to win the gold at Barcelona, while I went on to become a page at CBS where I learned the basics of the TV and the TV news business. I was also a district champ wrestler in High School and wrestled for Rutgers University as well, although I was more of a practice squad player than much of anything else.

MMABeats: On your show “Fighting Words” who was your favorite interview and why?

 

Mike: My favorite was Dana White, because at the time he did my show, he was at war with HDNet over some Randy Couture business. I helped those guys get their UFC credentials back based on my relationship with the organization, but then they cancelled my show – the numbers just weren’t there.

MMABeats: What are your thoughts on TRT use in MMA ??

Mike: I think they should legalize marijuana and TRT. I wish there was TRT for broadcasters.

MMABeats: Do you think now that the UFC has a women’s division that WMMA will be more accepted by the “mainstream” MMA viewer ?

 

Mike: I don’t think MMA will ever be mainstream. There’s a reason every single ancillary business that enters the space dives in with a huge splash and goes out with little notice, after spending all of its seed money – RYU is the latest but there were my friends at Tokyo 5, there was BSN, Gaspari just exited MMA – just go back to the UFC fan expo exhibitor lists and see the dozens if companies that no longer exist and that will answer your question.

MMABeats: What advice would you give someone wanting to cover MMA as a media person?

Mike: Make your Fuck You money before you quit your job. Also be sure that whoever you sign on to work for is not in the UFC’s crosshairs.

MMABeats: What kind of music do you listen to while training ?

Mike: Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and Harry Chapin – all slow tunes that harken on better days and woe is me sentiment.

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Mike for taking the time to talk to me and do this interview!

Chris Pfeil: Chasing His Dream

Chris Pfeil

MMABeats: How did you and Evan Thompson (UFC Fighter Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson’s younger brother)  meet and become training partners?

Chris: I bumped into Evan at Wal-Mart and started talking. He asked me if I wanted to come train with him and as they say the rest is history.

MMABeats: What is your martial arts background?

Tae Kwon Do  and Karate.

MMABeats: What made you want to start training in MMA ?

My back ground was one of being a standup fighter. About two years ago started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, six months after that started kickboxing and started an MMA team with Evan Thompson. To start with it was just Evan and I. Then it wasnt to long after that there were a few of us on the team. Now we are a solid team.

MMABeats: What does a typical training week consist of  for you?

Chris: Two a days with cardio and weights in the morning and then in the evening MMA Training in the evenings, and then spar two times a week

MMABeats: What kind of music do you listen to while you are training ?

Chris: I stay away from depressing country music and heavy metal but other than that i listen to everything as long as it is upbeat.

MMABeats: What advice would you give a young fighter wanting to make MMA a career?

Chris: I’d say to study many styles as possible!  Be a jack of all trades as they say, that will keep the interest so you don’t get burnt out also don’t rush going pro, starting younger, you have time to get comfortable in the cage and get experience.

MMABeats: April 6, 2013 is your next fight . Where and for what promotion will you be fighting?

Chris:  Sugar Creek Showdown at the Sugar Creek Casino. I’m fighting for the 185 pound title to go with my 170 pound title I won a few months back.

MMABeats: What advice would you give a young fighter wanting to make MMA a career?

Chris: I’d say 2 study many styles as possible! jack of all trades as they say, that will keep the interest so u don’t get burnt out and don’t rush going pro, starting younger u have time to get comfortable in the cage and allow yourself time to gain experience.

MMABeats: What are your goals for your MMA Career ? 

Chris: I’m taking my career 1 step at a time now hoping to make a successful career fighting and supporting my family! For me my ultimate goal is UFC.  It started out as I wanted one  fight for my bucket list! After that first one I was addicted.

Thank you Chris for taking time out of your busy training schedule to talk to me.

Ryan Couture Heading to the UFC

One of my favorite people in MMA to interview is Ryan Couture. I was really excited at the opportunity to watch his fight against KJ Noons on Showtime. It had to be one of the best fights I had watched in a long time. Ryan is a tough as nails guy with a heart the size of Texas. I had the privilege of interviewing Ryan after his fight with KJ And here is what he had to say.

MMABeats: How long is your medical suspension?

Ryan: Acodring to the paperwork there is no suspension but after round two i would have thought it would have been at least 30 days.

MMABeats: KJ Noons has called you out for a rematch. If given  that opportunity would you take a rematch with him?

Ryan: I would take a rematch, but i will fight whoever the UFC sets up for me to fight.

MMABeats: What are your thoughts on moving to the UFC? Do you think it will be a big adjustment for you to make that move??

Ryan: The game and game plan will be the same. The biggest difference is the octagon is bigger and more room to fight.

MMABeats: What are some of your goals heading into the UFC ?
Ryan: I just want to continue to improve and win fights and to work my way into title contention.  The talent pool is about to get a lot deeper so I’m excited for the challenge ahead of me.

MMABeats: What words of wisdom would you have for a person wanting to become a pro MMA fighter ?
Ryan: Fall in love with training.  As long as you’re working hard and improving at every opportunity, the rest will fall into place.
MMABeats: What do you do 1st thing when you wake up?

Ryan: First thing when I wake up I typically take my supplements, eat a banana and head to the gym

MMABeats: At the end of the day what makes you look back and now it was a successful day ?
Ryan: At the end of the day, I can sleep well and feel successful as long as I know I gave my all in the training room.
I would like to thank Ryan for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer these few questions.

Michael Chandler, BellatorMMA Lightweight Champion

BellatorMMA Lightweight Champion

BellatorMMA Lightweight Champion

I always enjoy talking to Michael Chandler! He is always so gracious and kind. He is definitely appreciative of his fans and their support.

MMABeats: Do you feel that there is any added pressure being a title holder, as Bellator goes into the new Spike TV era, where the audience will be larger?

Michael Chandler: I don’t feel any extra pressure. I put enough pressure on myself to do well and win and the move to Spike TV isn’t any extra pressure. I train hard and surround myself with great training partners and do everything in my power to be the best me I can be and have a winner’s attitude.

MMABeats: A topic of debate recently has been a number of Bellator standouts leaving to go to the UFC. That said, I have to imagine it’s an exciting time to stick with Bellator and have the opportunity to be one of the faces of the promotion on SPIKE TV. You’re beginning to grace most top-ten lists and are featured heavily in the promotional material for Bellator’s move to Spike TV. It has to feel good that the company is putting so much stock behind you, but does it ever become difficult to handle that all at such a young age and in a short time frame?

Michael Chandler: It is a part of the job as a fighter to do all the promotional events and help entice people to watch the fights. I am thankful  for my fans and appreciate the support. It is nice to be used to help promote BellatorMMA. I hope in the future to become the face of the brand. I am young, single, no attachments, and able to travel to do the public relations events. I told Bjorn Rebney thatI was willing to be used as much as possible to help promote the fights and the promotion.

MMABeats: How does knowing the audience, on SpikeTV, will be much later than on MTV2 make you feel ?

Michael Chandler: The move to Spike has the potential to reach over one million viewers where on MTV2 we might have a few hundred thousand viewers. This potential is very exciting to me. The exposure is HUGE for Bellator as well as the fighters.

MMABeats: What do you think of the title rematch with out having to go through the tournament process?

Michael Chandler:  It is really cool. It is designexd to keep the title holders busy. At the end of the day the rematches are designed to keep the title holders busier. My goal is to keep belt and win with dominance.

MMABeats: How has the adjustment of moving from Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas to Alliance in San Diego been ?

Michael Chandler: It has been easy. All i have been doing is training, eating, sleeping, training and doing it all over again. Basically wash, rinse, repeat. In San Diego I have more high level training partners. It has been a really healthy move. I am able to travel and explore and do thingsI have never had the opportunity to do before.


MMABeats:
You hold wins over two of the promotion’s top lightweights in Eddie Alvarez and Patricky  “Pitbull”. How do you feel Rick Hawn ranks against them as an opponent?

Michael Chandler: Eddie Alvarez is a top five fighter and Patricky “Pitbull” is a top fifteen fighter. I continue to work hard to get better in every area of my fight game and prove to people, that I deserve to be fighting the best in the world.

MMABeats: What is on your Ipod ??
Michael Chandler: Eli Young Band, Jason Aldean, Young the Giant and Ben Rector. I am looking for my next walkout song and these are some of the bands I am considering a song to use for it.

MMABeats: What words of encouragement would you give to up and coming fighters ??

Michael Chandler: Do not train in MMA until after you finish your wrestling career. Wrestle in highschool and college. When you are wrestling you learn to compete on a higher level. When you are competing on a collegiate level you are wrestling some of the best athletes in the country. Competing on these levels teach you mental strength as well as a higher level of physical training. Wrestling gives you a leg up when you start your MMA training.

Michael’s next fight will be January 17th, 2013 on SpikeTV at 10:00 PM EST. His opponent will be Rick Hawn.

Miesha Tate: Not Only Can She Bake She Can Ground and Pound!

MMABeats: How did you get started in MMA??

Miesha: I began wrestling at age 15, I discovered my love for Contact sports there. I found MMA at age 19, it didn’t take much to discover my love for that either.

MMABeats: What inspires you ?

Miesha: I just want to be one of the best and go down in history as an honorable fighter and a good role model for other women in all walks of life to follow their passion & dreams

MMABeats: If you weren’t an MMA fighter what would you be doing ?

Miesha: I’d own my own cupcakery.

MMABeats: Who is your biggest influence in MMA and in life ?

Miesha: Bryan Caraway, he’s been there for the past 6 years of my career. He’s my biggest supporter.

MMABeats: What has been the hardest thing for you to accomplish in MMA ??

Miesha: Learning how to deal with haters, social media seems to give people the balls to say things they would NEVER say to your face. It used to sting but it doesn’t anymore, I make a lot more jokes to brush off any negativity

MMABeats: Where / when was your first fight and who was it with ?

Miesha: 2006 in Wenatchee Wa, it was my first Amateur fight vs Liz Posener

MMABeats:  What would you consider your fighting style?

Miesha: A hard-hitting grappler

MMABeats: Why do you think it has been so hard for “mainstream” MMA fans to accept WMMA as legitimate ?

Miesha: Because they aren’t as tough as us haha! In all seriousness it will just take time before it becomes the norm, just like women wearing pants.

MMABeats: What do you think it will take for WMMA to be accepted ??

Miesha: Just time, that and continuous main stream coverage

I just want to say thank you to Miesha for taking time to answer these questions and say Good Luck in your fight August 18, 2012 and also HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you win and that could be the best birthday present EVER !!