IFC: Genesis pre-fight QuotesPosted on November 9, 2010, 08:18 AM by Anton Gurevich
Israel FC: Genesis competitors shared their thoughts about today's fight card, which will take place at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. This is without a doubt one of the stacked MMA cards promoted in the Middle East, including UFC 117 and the ADFC. Israel FC: Genesis is available LIVE on GoFightLive.com for $9.99.
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Ricco Rodriguez: "I didn't make the desired weight, but I think I paid him really well. I did the right thing to pay him, so I think the exchange was quite fair. I gave up around 20% of my purse, and it's a big amount. He prepared to fight a Light Heavyweight, so I have to compensate him. I had staph, helped out to Tito and was in hospital for five days. I had to cut 30 pounds, but again, I consider myself a professional, so in my eyes I did the best thing.
I didn't have an opportunity to train like I want to, but I think it's once in the lifetime opportunity to fight in Israel. I didn't want to disappoint the fans no matter what the circumstances are. I felt like I will come here and do my best to compete."
Do you think that a healthy Ricco Rodriguez, with a clear mind and good motivation, can make it down to 205?
"Like I said, I had injuries. So I believe that if I was healthy I could make the weight without any problems."
Daniel Gracie: "I'm a small Heavyweight, so I felt like 205 would be the best place for me. I feel like not only my Jiu-Jitsu, but my other MMA skills are better at 205, so that's why I made a decision to cut down.
"My last fight was four years ago. But I know that when the first sweat breaks out, everything will come back and I will feel in a perfect shape. I've been training very hard this whole time, so I'm not concerned about my shape.
Kevin Mulhall is here to help me out. He's an excellent striking training and a great strategist. My goal is to be a well rounded Mixed Martial Artist. I want to be a well-rounded MMA fighter, to surprise my opponent and win the fight."
Roy Neeman: "I didn't sign up to fight Frank Trigg just because of his name. As a fighter I want to fight the best, and I consider him one of the best, he's a legend of the sport. I'm a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and I actually have more than 10 professional fights on my record, so I'm sure it's going to be a great fight."
Jeff Monson: "I weighed 107 kilos. Not sure what it means but I feel really good. My opponent is a big guy, but I fought big guys before, so I don't think there's going to be any sort of problem. I'm feeling good in all aspects of the game, so I'm not worried."