Thursday, 4 June 2009

FIGHT! Goldrush - After Show Press Conference

Following FIGHT! ‘Goldrush’ the winners and losers attended an after event press conference alongside Jake Morgan.


Newly crowned Middleweight Champion Dane Kinsley was the centre of attention as expected. The deadly striker was the firm favorite to leave with the gold ahead of the show, but he spent much of the fight on the defensive and only some lenient refereeing stopped Chizuko Kowashi taking the prize.

Q: “What do you think of your opponent tonight, Chizuko Kowashi?”
"Epic, man. That guy is strong, very strong. I don't know how long I would have lasted against him, but I'm sure it wouldn't have been much longer since I couldn't stop his takedowns."
Q: “How do you feel about picking up the win?”
"I sure don't feel like I won, you know? Kowashi took a nap, my hand was raised, and I got the belt, but Kowashi whooped me for sure. I'm glad that I got that opening when I did though."
Q: “And the knockout?”
"I knew going in that I could knock him out, because that's how I feel every fight. So it was just a matter of staying on my feet and doing what I do."
Q: “And what do you think the future holds for you as the Middleweight champion?”
"Striker, wrestler, boxer, brawler, whatever, man. Bring it on. Just 'cause I'm champ doesn't mean I'm gonna start duckin' anybody."

Heavyweight Stephen Greer had a difficult FIGHT! Debut but managed to sneak out a decision victory over his Mongolian opponent.

Q: "How do you feel you fought tonight?"
"I think I fought well. I felt strong, my striking was tight and he didn't have me in any danger. At one point the ref was telling me he was going to stop the show, but I was fine. I smiled and quickly flipped Daisetin over and gave him a few knocks to think about. Was it a perfect fight? Hell no, I should have KO'd him in the second, no doubt, but there's always next time. I got the win, got over that hump and it's all up from here."
Q: "Speaking of the decision, many would say that although you clearly outscored Daisetin during the second round, the first and third rounds could easily have gone to your opponent. Any thoughts on that?"
"You can SAY whatever you want, the fact is that the judges saw the fight my way. He couldn't control me, I stuffed several of his takedowns and I waged war on his face with the striking. I guess from the uneducated point of view, the big slam in the third looked impressive, but what did he do with it? I've been thrown into bed harder than that and believe me, they didn't just lay there on top of me afterward."
Q: "What's next for you in FIGHT!?"
"I'm heading out to do some celebrating and then back to the gym. I figure Oleg Maksimov and I are on a collision course, whether it's for the belt or not, doesn't matter. We'll see how everything unravels in the next few days and go from there."

Jiu-Jitsu prodigy Rahm Petersen moved to 2-0 in his career with a second consecutive decision victory over the very experienced Del Canada. Although the fight itself didn’t set many pulses racing, Petersen is already starting to make his mark in the Lightweight division.

Q: “How do you feel your second FIGHT! MMA bout went?”
“Honestly, I’m fine with it. For all the game that I talk, you have to remember that this is still only my second MMA fight. I’m trying my hardest to finish my fights. I don’t know if the two guys who I’ve come up against have just been unfinishable, or if it’s all on my end, but I feel like I should have finished both Vasquez and Canada.”
Q: “Will you change your game plan for your next fight?”
“I don’t think there’s much I could change. Can you deny that it’s an effective style? No one can shake my takedowns, and when I get to the ground I maintain positional dominace. I’ve been working on peppering in some ground and pound, but there’s no doubt that my striking is still subpar. That being said…maybe FIGHT! will find an aggressive striker with good takedown defense to pair me with? Jake Morgan is will have to force my hand if he wants a different performance out of me.”

‘The Wookie’ took one giant leap up the Welterweight division with a shock victory over highly regarded Jason Mercer.

Q: “How do you feel following your victory?”
“I had a lot of people doubting me. Nobody thought I could beat a guy like Jason. He’s a tough guy, no doubt about it. I had to hit him hard. Real hard but he hung in there for nearly fifteen minutes with my fist breaking his face. I knew I was winning that fight though. I broke him in the first twenty seconds. He wilted under me pressure, it was just a matter of time.”
Q: “What’s your next step?”
“I’m going to make sure that I’m in line for a shot at the Welterweight title. Beating Mercer has put me right up there. I liked watching Rembrandt, but I’ll take anyone.”

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