How did you end up training with Phil Baroni?
This is going to sound crazy(especially since I live in Brooklyn) but it would be easier for me get to the Renzo Gracie Academy than it is to get to Dunn's Dojo. Since I don't drive it would take me about an hour to that part of Brooklyn, whereas I can get to the city in like 25-30 mins. Regardless, as of now I have no time to take any classes or train.
Do you think Phil Baroni will ever fight Frank Shamrock? Do you plan on fighting to be your main career or is it just for fun?
Lutter getting a shot first kinda makes sense now. Seeing how they did this with Arlovski(he fought buentello then Sylvia), Liddell(he fought Horn, Babalu then Tito), Sylvia(Monson and got Couture next), the list can go on.
I haven't really been to impressed with Koscheck and Burkman. For me to think highly of them they need to fight Joe Riggs or Karo Parisyan. They wouldn't have to win, but they would have to atleast have a strong showing.
The UFC had to bring Lightweights back. I think they make the Heavyweights look like they are fighting in slow motion. Another reason they had to bring it back is because the heavyweights are lacking fighters. I believe lightweights are the future of any company, especially with the UFC.
Lastly do you know if the UFC will be using Mayhem Miller? He had a contract with the WFA. Also what do you think of Matt Lindland fighting Fedor for Bodog?
Phil's original trainer is my trainer. Whenever he's in New York I've worked with him here and there.
I think they'll eventually go at it. I find it funny when Frank calls him a roidhead when Frank and his brother both were. Supposedly Phil did have legit family problems. He's an ass but he isn't afraid of anyone.
As for my 'career', I'm pretty good for someone who doesn't train nearly as hard as they should. If I wanted to be serious I have a good enough body type to go for it. I'm 6'0 162lbs resting and I can drop to 157 with ease. I've won 3 out of 4 of my kickboxing fights by TKO so, who knows. Right now I'm getting my MFA in Creative Writing and thats the most important thing right now. To be honest it is a lot of fucking work, for not a lot of money. Once I get a teaching job I may explore it more though.
As for Burkman and Koscheck (and I forgot Jon Fitch) they have some decent wins I think, and if they keep improving they are solid competitors if anything.
Miller fought Trigg in November I think, and I haven't heard anything of him since. He may show up, but I think they feel confident in their fighters at Welterweight and Middleweight. That's why they have gone after the other 3 weight classes in their free agent signings.
I think Lindland is possibly the most overrated fighter in MMA. He's beaten middle of the road fighters and guys at the ends of their respective careers. He has a few wins here and there that are semi-impressive and that's it. As for the fight with Fedor, his only chance of prolonging it is by getting it to the ground, which isn't even that safe of a place as Fedor can submit you from his back easily. I don't think he has a snowballs chance in hell personally. If Bustamante can submit him than I'd say Fedor can submits him relatively early.