Stipe is a great guy, I really love him.
Did you expect that he will do what he did in the heavyweight division?
I know he was a talent but i didnt expect him to go this far, who would expect it.
Against Overeem,how did you watch that fight?
His title defense?
What do you mean how did i watch it? With my eyes.
Did you expect him to defend his title?
Yes i did, i believed in him
When he caught Werdum like that i knew he...
When we were working on training..i knew...
Yes, one time you said that you didnt believe that Werdum is gonna be so good ,couse his stand up game wasnt that great then
Yes, even know he is undefined, Werdum is a very nice guy,he was here training with me for 2 years
Great guy,great character
But he is really undefined, he is not very dangerous..hes throwing those jabs like this
he isnt trained boxer, but he is dangerous in grapling
He is strong, he has great takedowns
But he isnt boxer, he has those jabs like this
He doesnt have that boxing school, when you look those boxing classics like Evander vs Riddic Bowe
In my opinion greatest and most beautifull fight in heavyweight ever
Guys were fighting for 11 rounds,Evander lost by stopage,you cant believe
But this,this is like this..and his leg kicks,he throws them,they hurt and they are dangerous but they are undefined
Im not saying they are not dangerous, Im talking about esthetics.
When you see him..if somebody is watching him for the first time they would say where is this guy fighting?
But he is great grappler, big hart ,top cardio
Strong..to me he is very great guy
I would like to also mention Peter Aerts, very nice guy
I really really like that guy
I like them all, i dont have problems with any of them
In the end we all went there and risk our health
Strugling,trained, traveling,had jet legs
To bring food to our familys table
There is no philosophy in that
We were all guys who worked to provide for our famillyes and thats it.
When we were talking before RIZIN , you mentioned Wanderley Silva..you asked that they remove him from your hotel. What was that about?
Thats true. I said I dont wanna see his face there.
Silva knew that he wasnt gonna fight me. I have certain respect for him as my brother of arms
because we were both fighters in PRIDE days
but it was so unfair of him
first off all i dont know how sane he really is
when we were at the press conference before RIZIN last july
No fights yet, just presser
There was Baruto,Silva..who else was?
Never mind..And there was standing Silva and normaly im glad to see him.. I shake his hand to say hello, he says how are you CroCop ..we even huged
we were sitting ther for 20 mins..i was talking to him
And after that im entering in the press conf.room and he stands up
Screaming something Cro Cop, Cro Cop, something on portugese
Im asking someone whats he saying..they say I dont know
Wait until they translate from portugese to japanese
he says he want to fight you, he wants to do this and that to you
Im looking, cant believe what im hearing,few moments ago everything was normal
Ok..i said. no problem ...i he wants that ill be glad to whoop his ass one more time
I dont like that trash talk but i cant just sit there and let him talk shit
Its simply part of business ..although im minimum involved in trash talk.. i never liked that