Roll The Dice: 10 Questions with MMA-Paradise.com

“Roll The Dice” with MMA-Paradise is a 10 part interview, which delivers the same questions to each fighter, rolling the dice, delivering different answers each time!

Interviews by: Jamie J Yetman
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Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Eric Prindle
March 12th, 2012

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Eric Prindle: Break into MMA. Don’t remember but its in my blood now.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Eric Prindle: Born PA. Raised in Pheonix, AZ and Hawaii!

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Eric Prindle: The team is CSW and I train with some others WCF and Fight Ready Gym.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Eric Prindle: My toughest opponent is the one I’m fighting next who ever it is.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Eric Prindle:My next opponent is Thiago Santos. He is a good tough opponent and its going to be a great fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favorite MMA fighter?
Eric Prindle: My fav MMA fighter is Erik Paulson.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Eric Prindle:Day of fight I eat everything I can And that I’ve been starving for!!!!during the cut.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Eric Prindle: Music before fight. Old Metallica , and punk, Nirvana stuff like that.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Eric Prindle: Who would I fight if I could! mmmmm, the Bellator or UFC heavyweight champion to see where I stand!!! and to see what I must work on the most.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is the P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Eric Prindle: Best P4P. GSP.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Mark Hunt
March 10th, 2012

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Mark Hunt: Was offered a MMA fight when I was fighting K-1.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Mark Hunt: Auckland, NZ.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Mark Hunt: My own team and American Top Team.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Mark Hunt: My toughest Opponent, I would not know they have all pretty much been top level.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Mark Hunt: I don’t know.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favorite MMA fighter?
Mark Hunt: Myself.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Mark Hunt: A lot of food.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Mark Hunt: Anything.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Mark Hunt: I would fight the world champion, reason is he is the best.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is the P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Mark Hunt: Sorry to be biased but I am. YEEEAHH BOI.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Fedor Emelianenko
June 6th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Fedor Emelianenko: Fans have followed the story of my career for a long time; thank you to everyone for their continued support. I am excited for the opportunity to compete against Dan Henderson on July 30.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Fedor Emelianenko: I was born in the village Rubizhne, then we moved to Stary Oskol, where I now live. This is my city, where my family and friends live.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Fedor Emelianenko: I now train at the Sports Palace in Stary Oskol and Alexander Nevsky Sports Club with the younger athletes from my team. We also have twice traveled to train in Holland, where the coaches and I focused on kickboxing, Thai Boxing and Jiu Jitsu. We also plan to go to the mountains, in Kislovodsk for a few days.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Fedor Emelianenko: I have competed against many great opponents and all have been very exceptional; Antonio Nogueira and Mirko Cro Cop stand out as two of the most challenging – they are great athletes.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Fedor Emelianenko: My next fight will be against Dan Henderson and I think it will be a difficult fight. Dan has powerful hands which he attacks with and a strong wrestling base that he uses effectively.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favorite MMA fighter?
Fedor Emelianenko: I have great respect for Randy Couture, Antonio Nogueira and Josh Barnett

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Fedor Emelianenko: Nothing special.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Fedor Emelianenko: I listen to Russian Folk and church music.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Fedor Emelianenko: As a competitor, I am always willing and ready to compete against any opponent.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is the P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Fedor Emelianenko: This is not for me to say. There are many great athletes in the sport today.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with
M-1 Global Heavyweight #1 Contender, Pat Bennett
May 18th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Pat Bennett: I’ve wrestled my whole life, after college I met up w/ some guys to watch a UFC and ran into and old wrestling coach who suggested that I come down to his gym and try it out. It was all history after that, I fell in love with the sport and been doing it since.

MMA-Paradise.com:Where were you born and raised?
Pat Bennett: I was born in Syracuse NY, and raised in Marcellus NY

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Pat Bennett: Right now I am with Team Bombsquad out of Ithaca NY.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Pat Bennett: I would say Cole Konrad at this point, just trying to move that guy was task in itself.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Pat Bennett: Guram Guginishvilli, He’s a tough dude, I think stylistically it has potential to be a bad match for him, that being said I am beyond ready and excited for this to happen.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Pat Bennett: Vitor Bellfort.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Pat Bennett: Lion heart.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Pat Bennett: I listen to a little bit of bit of everything but my brother Jack got me listening to Culture Club and it’s just great!

MMA-Paradise.com:If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Pat Bennett: Guram Guginishvilli- I have been very interested in this fight for a while now, he’s the top prospect in the world, when I beat him where does that put me?

MMA-Paradise.com:In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Pat Bennett: Jon Jones.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with
M-1 Global Lightweight Champion, Jose Figueroa
May 18th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Jose Figueroa: I was 17 and working construction. My boss was a brown belt and we messed around at work; some of the others and I would grapple at home as well. Then I finally went to the gym, started training more and got my first pro fight.

MMA-Paradise.com:Where were you born and raised?
Jose Figueroa: I was born in Chicago and raised in Orlando.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Jose Figueroa: My team is American Top Team in Orlando Fla. My Muay Thai trainer is Bobby Robare from the Mejiro Gym in Holland and Pride and UFC veteran Paul Rodriquez (Ricardo Liborio black belt) We have a great mixture of high level training partners including UFC veterans, Abu Dhabi veterans and Iowa State wrestlers.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Jose Figueroa: I would say I had a bunch of tough opponents with different skills, so I cant pick just one.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Jose Figueroa: My next opponent, Daniel Wiechel, is extremely tough and well rounded. He has lots of experience and I’m looking forward to this fight. It’s an honor to defend my M-1 lightweight title.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Jose Figueroa: My favorite fighters are Anderson Silva and Jose Aldo.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Jose Figueroa: On fight day, my diet consists of all complex carbs, which gives me the energy to perform to the best of my abilities.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Jose Figueroa: I like to pick some calm music for concentration before training or a fight and hyped up music for pad work and just before a fight (rap and rock)

MMA-Paradise.com:If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Jose Figueroa: I would like to fight the best fighter for the best money.

MMA-Paradise.com:In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Jose Figueroa: Pound 4 Pound, the best fighters are Jose Aldo and Anderson Silva, that’s why there my favorite – they finish fights.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with
M-1 Global Welterweight Champion, Shamil Zavurov
May 18th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Shamil Zavurov: I was training combat sambo and then M-1 started expanding, which is how learned about MMA. I wanted to try myself in MMA and I did pretty well. With the early success, I decided to stick with it.

MMA-Paradise.com:Where were you born and raised?
Shamil Zavurov: I was born and raised in the republic of Dagestan, Kiziyurtovsky district, Kirovaul.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Shamil Zavurov: I fight out of Rusfighters team.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Shamil Zavurov: Before my last fight, I thought the toughest was in Omsk against the French fighter, Seydina Sek, but now I know it was against Yasubey Enomoto at M-1 Challenge XXV. I only had a chance to see his old 2009 fights and he significantly evolved as a fighter during last 18 months; I wasn’t expecting him to be that good. Enomoto is a really good, tough fighter.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Shamil Zavurov: I don’t know who I’ll be fighting next. Right now, I’m focused on recovering from my injuries but I’ll be ready 100% by the time I enter the ring and defend my belt again.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Shamil Zavurov: It’s Georges St-Pierre

MMA-Paradise.com:What do you eat the day of a fight?
Shamil Zavurov: I’ve never really thought about it. I don’t eat much… nothing heavy, something like a salad and a soup.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Shamil Zavurov: I don’t listen to any music, only the Koran. It helps to remove all the thoughts from my head so I can focus solely on the fight.

MMA-Paradise.com:If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Shamil Zavurov: GSP because I consider him the best. But I’m not ready to fight him yet.

MMA-Paradise.com:In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Shamil Zavurov: It’s Georges St-Pierre

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with
M-1 Global Middleweight Champion, Magomed Sultanakhmedov
May 18th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: It actually happened by an accident. I was 17 years old and a friend of mine suggested that I try MMA. I did, it turned out to be easy for me and I decided to continue training.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: I was born in the Chechen republic, Gudermes. But in 1991 with the beginning of the war, my family and I moved to Dagestan.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: I’m fighting out of Gorets Fighting Team, Dagestan. (Highlander Fight Team)

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: My toughest opponent I think was Dmitry Samoilov. I wasn’t as well prepared as should have been and it was a much harder fight than I anticipated.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: I don’t know yet, but I’m looking forward to my next fight. As the champion, I aim to defend my belt and honor.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: Fedor is my favorite! He is the greatest of all time and a person of impeccable integrity.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: I don’t eat. A good fighter is a hungry fighter!

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: I don’t pay attention to music to be honest; I can even say I don’t like music much. Before the fight I just meditate.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: That would be Bob Sapp (laughing). He’s a character and a good fighter. Although there is a serious size difference, I’d like to see if I could negate it.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Magomed Sultanakhmedov: I think it is Vitor Belfort.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with
M-1 Global Light Heavyweight Champion, Vinny Magalhaes
May 18th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Vinny Magalhaes: I started to get curious about fighting MMA when I started to work for Cesar Gracie , back in 2004. At that time I had a lot of good MMA guys to train with such as Jake Shields, Dave Terrell, the Diaz Brothers, and that made me want to give it a try in MMA. Unfortunately, I didn’t take the sport serious until I was already in the UFC, which made me pay the price not long after.

MMA-Paradise.com:Where were you born and raised?
Vinny Magalhaes: I was born and raised in Brazil. But have been in the US since I was 21.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Vinny Magalhaes: I’m currently training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Vinny Magalhaes: That’s a question that I can never give a good answer all of them were tough in different ways.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Vinny Magalhaes: I’m not sure about who my next opponent might be. I heard I might be fighting Mikhail Zayats in my first title defense, but I haven’t gotten any official notice about that fight. As for my thoughts on that fight… I think it should be a good fight, Zayats is a tough guy, but I’m expecting to win, as I would do in any other fight.

MMA-Paradise.com:Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Vinny Magalhaes: This is something that has changed as the time goes by. I used to be a big fan of Big Nog, which I still am, I just don’t get as excited as I used to, when I see him fighting. From those old school guys, the only guy that I’m really excited when I watch him fighting is Dan Henderson. He’s so underrated when it comes to best of all time rankings. The guys has won more belts in major organizations than anybody else in this sport has won or ever will.

MMA-Paradise.com:What do you eat the day of a fight?
Vinny Magalhaes: I try to eat normally after the weigh ins, that means eat healthy but not so worried about calories or anything like that. The most important thing for me the day of the fight, is not what I’m eating but how I’m eating. I like to eat small meals, every 2-3 hours so I always have nutrients gettin into my body.

MMA-Paradise.com:What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Vinny Magalhaes: Whatever song I pick as my walk out song. For my last two fights I had “Capitulo 4 versiculo 3 by Racionais Mc’s” (which is a brazilian rap) playing as my entrance song.

MMA-Paradise.com:If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Vinny Magalhaes: I’d like to fight whoever is considered the best in my division at that moment. For the simple reason that I’d like to steal his status as the best in the world.

MMA-Paradise.com:In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Vinny Magalhaes: Right now I’d say Anderson Silva, and if you give him couple more years and few more fights, he will also probably be the best of all time.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with
M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion, Guram Gugenishvili
May 18th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Guram Gugenishvili: I decided to try MMA on the recommendation of my freestyle wrestling coach George Galdava and my main coach and manager Ioseb Koberidze supported the idea; This was in 2006 and I’ve been training in MMA ever since.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Guram Gugenishvili: I was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. I went to school in Rustavi and then I moved back to Tbilisi.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Guram Gugenishvili: I’m fighting out of ARIS fight club, Donetsk, Ukraine.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Guram Gugenishvili: They are all tough because they all want to beat me. But I’m not giving my champion’s belt to anybody!

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Guram Gugenishvili: My next fight is against Pat Bennett. I’m training on a regular basis. I know I have a lot of areas to improve in so I just keep training and becoming a better, more versatile fighter.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Guram Gugenishvili: My favourite MMA fighters are Fedor and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Guram Gugenishvili: I don’t care; I’m a heavyweight and eat everything (smiling)

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Guram Gugenishvili: I’m listen to Georgian folk music

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Guram Gugenishvili: Pat Bennett :)

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Guram Gugenishvili: I can’t name just one. Fedor is really strong (even though he lost couple fights), Cain, Overeem, Werdum… They are all top level fighters and I can’t say who is the strongest.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Micah Miller
February 4th, 2011

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Micah Miller: I started training out of a very small mma school in my hometown. I had success and won an amateur title. I would say would helped me break into the mma world was that I started training full time at a very young age. It was a big risk at the time but I believed in myself and it worked out for the best.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Micah Miller: I was born on the great lakes navy base in north chicago. I moved around alot because my mother was in the navy. Virginia, maryland, florida, georgia. Were all places I called home at some point.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Micah Miller: I currently train out of Coconut Creek Florida with American Top Team.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Micah Miller: I would say that my toughest opponent was Cub Swanson. He’s the only guy I’ve fought that I feel was better than me at the time I fought him. Even though I had opportunitys to win, I wasn’t prepared for a fight like that, and the experience has really helped me improve.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Micah Miller: I don’t have a next opponent currently, but im hoping to fight Tachi Palaces May 5th show.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Micah Miller: Easy! Anderson Silva. He carries himself and performs with a Jordan-like brovado and he is excellent in my two favorite martial arts Thai boxing and BJJ

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Micah Miller: I try to eat the same things on the day of the fight as I do in training camp. Oatmeal and flax oil with some berries, and a Vega nutritional shake for lunch. If im still hungry I’ll munch on cliff bars until go time.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Micah Miller: A strange mix of the White Stripes and Jedi Mind Tricks lol.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Micah Miller: Any of the featherweights in the UFC so I can prove I belong among them.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Micah Miller: Its clearly between GSP and Anderson Silva. I would give the slight edge to Anderson because he has finished more top opponents.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Bobby Southworth
April 16th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Bobby Southworth: My first fight was in Neutral Grounds. I lost by RNC. I fought again 4 days later in Hawaii, at Super Brawl 13 and won by KO. I think that was what initially put me on the map.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Bobby Southworth: I was born in Madison, WI. I moved to California when I was 3 yrs old. Grew up in Santa Cruz, CA and still claim it as my hometown to this day.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Bobby Southworth: I am and will always be an AKA(American Kickboxing Academy) fighter. However, with my recent relocation to San Antonio, TX I am training with a variety of people. Including Marcello Salazar, Pete Spratt, Aaron Rosa, Rodrigo Pinheiro, and Team Powerhouse MMA.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Bobby Southworth: I’d have to say my toughest opponent was Babalu Sobral, as he was able to acquire my World Title.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Bobby Southworth: Unfortunately, I have no fights officially scheduled. If any promoters are interested in scheduling me, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!!

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Bobby Southworth: Wow, there are so many. To list a few in no order. Don Frye(Toughest Ever), Igor V.(hardest hitter), Vitor Belfort, BJ Penn, GSP, Cain Velazquez, Randy, Chuck, Rampage. The list can go on.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Bobby Southworth: 1.Veggie omelette, small steak, and potatoes. 2. Chicken w whole grain pasta and veggies. Then small fruit n protein smoothies. 1 banana in the locker room.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Bobby Southworth: I don’t listen to music b4 the fight. In general I feel mp3′s take us away from listening to the world around us. I pick a song that pumps me up for my walkout music though.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Bobby Southworth: I would love to rematch Babalu. I won the only round of that fight, which was stopped in between rounds on a cut. I held that belt for 2yrs, and 3 Title defences, and that’s a shitty way to lose a title. Not beaten, but taken away by a doctor, not a fighter. It’s unfortunate Babalu wasn’t able to defend his belt. I’d love another chance at the belt, and Babalu.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Bobby Southworth: Based on level of competition faced and defeated there is no doubt that GSP is the P4P Best rite now. Incredible athlete, technician, and tactician. He takes a lot of flack for not taking risks. He is King of His Division. A King defends his crown and his kingdom, while taking minimal risks. GSP does this in dominating fashion. It’s a shame his level of skill is unappreciated.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Andre Winner
April 7th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Andre Winner: I met Dan Hardy and Paul Daley at Leicester Shootfighters, we were similar ages and thought if they can do it so can I, so I started training with Nathan Lerverton at Leicester shoot and decided to see what I could do.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Andre Winner: I was born in Grenada but moved to England when I was 7, since then I have lived in Leicester, England.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Andre Winner: I train with Rough House, Leicester Shoot, Chris Pyatts Boxing Club and Ollie Richardson as my strength and conditioning coach.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Andre Winner: Ross Pearson has been my toughest opponent, he is a very well rounded fighter ,had great cardio and had a strong will to win.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Andre Winner: Not sure who my next opponent is yet but I’m sure it will be a good fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter? And all time favourite fight?
Andre Winner: I think my all time favourite fighters are B.J Penn and Anderson Silva, I’m not sure what my all time favourite fight is, there has been so many, a recent fight that stands out to me was the Big Nog vs. Couture fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Andre Winner: I try to eat a lot of pasta and fruit and drink enough water to keep me well hydrated.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Andre Winner: I like to have relaxing music for most of the fight day so I have some reggae, slow RNB or lyrical hip hop, sounds a bit soft but I need something to relax me and give me something else to think about other than the fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Andre Winner: If I could fight anyone it would be B.J Penn as he is the best lightweight in the world, if your going to test yourself it might as well be against the best.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Andre Winner: It’s a toss up between B.J Penn and Anderson Silva for the best p4p fighter.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Jorge Rivera
March 29th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Jorge Rivera: I broke into thus after watching the first few UFC’s they fascinated me.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Jorge Rivera: Born in Framingham MA, schooled in Milford graduated from Bellingham high.

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Jorge Rivera: My team is F-15, Peter Welch, Tim Burrill Jiu-Jitsu, Rivera MMA, Pro Elite .

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Jorge Rivera: Toughest opponent? For sure Anderson Siva for the beating he gave me.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Jorge Rivera: Next opponent is Nate Quarry… Should be a war.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Jorge Rivera: Favourite fighter… Randy Couture, have massive respect & admiration for the man .

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Jorge Rivera: I try to eat good carbs day of the fight, anything healthy & light honestly.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Jorge Rivera: Music, whatever really… I get in my own head n try to relax.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Jorge Rivera: I’d like to fight me, would to see what it would be like.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Jorge Rivera: Pound 4 pound… GSP & Anderson Silva.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Aaron Simpson
March 26th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Aaron Simpson: I began training a bit with Bader and CB at AZ Combat Sports in May of ’07. I then was contacted by Tito Ortiz to go up to Big Bear and help him train for his Rashad Evan fight. I spent a month in Big Bear training, then got to corner Tito for the fight. It was an awesome experience, something that I knew I wanted to do. Upon my return to AZ, I found out that my contract to coach another season at Arizona State University would not be renewed. So, I decided that I would throw my hat in the cage and see what I could accomplish.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Aaron Simpson: I was born in Gunnison, Colorado. But raised from age 2 months to age 12 in McCook, Nebraska. My parents then decided that they wanted to live in warm weather, so we moved to Wellton, Arizona, which is 30 miles east of Yuma (home of Cain and Efrain).

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Aaron Simpson: I am currently training with Bader, Dollaway, Steinbeiss and Forbes. We are no longer at AZ Combat Sports and as plans are currently underway for something big.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Aaron Simpson: Tom Lawlor was definitely my toughest fight to date and is a very tough opponent. I also think that David Avellan, who I fought in the WEC was maybe my most skilled opponent, but I won so fast that we never got to really battle. He is a legit fighter and is as tough as they come. Tom was better than I thought he would be on his feet and had a size advantage over me. That fight taught me a lot about myself and what I am capable of.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Aaron Simpson: My next fight is vs. Chris Leben on June 19th at the Palms in Las Vegas. Leben is a tough opponent and is the biggest name that i have fought to date. I am excited to be facing such a top notch competitor and look forward to having a great training camp. Leben is known for his ability to KO people, so I am very aware of his power. At the same time, I too have some power and feel that my speed and conditioning will be a factor in me getting my hand raised.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Aaron Simpson: I love watching my guys fight. Cain, CB and Bader. I don’t have a favourite outside of those guys. They are all great dudes, hard workers and above all “Sun Devils”.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Aaron Simpson: I’ll usually have a light breakfast, get a workout in, take a nap (if I can), then eat a veggie sandwich or something later in the day. I really just try to keep hydrating right up until the fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Aaron Simpson: I don’t really have time to listen to music. I try to relax all day until I arrive at the venue.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Aaron Simpson: It would be Anderson Silva for the World Title. He has the belt and is the #1 middleweight. It is a no brainer…I would be fighting for the title and that is why I do this.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Aaron Simpson: Cain Velasquez.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Kevin Randleman
March 25th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Kevin Randleman: Mark Coleman was one of my coaches at The Ohio State University and it was the obvious choice to break into MMA once he was fighting MMA. (this one may be too obvious with Coleman’s name so if you just wanted to say one of my coaches at OSU instead I am cool with that too)

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Kevin Randleman: I was born and raised in Sandusky, Ohio

MMA-Paradise.com: What team/gym are you currently training with?
Kevin Randleman: I am currently training & teaching at TapouT Research and Development Center in Las Vegas located at 4040 Hacienda Ave.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Kevin Randleman: I have been lucky enough to have fought some of the greatest fighters in the game-so many of the legends I have fought are ridiculously tough- but truly I can say that my toughest opponent to date is myself because of mistakes I have made, distractions I have allowed to get in the way of my success.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Kevin Randleman: My next fight is May 15th for Strikeforce. Although my opponent has done interviews confirming the fight he has not officially signed the deal yet so Strikeforce has asked me not to confirm yet. But I can tell you I am in a different place that I have ever been and I have never trained so hard or been so focused on the MMA game. My techniques on many levels blow away where I was a few years ago so I am just extremely excited to get back in that cage on the 15th.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Kevin Randleman: I have many favourites and mad respect for so many, being lucky enough to call so many of the legends of this great sport my friend, but if I have to call out one it would be Randy Couture. I know Randy since college wrestling days and to see how dedicated he is for every fight and all the good that he has done using MMA as a backdrop, not just for his family but for everyone around him I have mad respect for him. He is inspiring to me-hey I want to be like him when I grow up LOL

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Kevin Randleman: I always eat a really big breakfast and then a lighter lunch-try to keep it real clean day of the fight-fruit, eggs, protein shakes maybe some chicken but don’t eat too much leading up the actual event.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Kevin Randleman: Anything that bumps-got to have a great beat to get me pumped.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Kevin Randleman: After over a decade in the game-I could say I want to fight anyone that I have ever lost too-but right now I am just looking forward to the guy that I am fighting on the 15th-he is all I can see everyday when I am training.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Kevin Randleman: There are quite a few guys out there I would mention if having a discussion, it is really hard for me to pick just one because of the talent in MMA right now. But if I have to narrow it down to the one I feel is the best well rounded fighter it would be a toss between BJ and GSP-and just because GSP beat BJ last time around I wouldn’t necessarily say on another given night maybe at a catch weight the results wouldn’t be different.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Mark Munoz
March 25th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Mark Munoz:Urijah Faber introduced me to the MMA world. He stayed on my for 3 years and finally I decided to do it. I thank him for staying on me and believing in me.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Mark Munoz:I was born in Yokouska, Japan and raised in Vallejo, CA

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Mark Munoz:I’m training at my own gym Reign Training Center with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Allan Goes, Fabricio Werdum, King Mo, Renato “Babalu” Sobral, Siyar Bahadurzada, Tom Bunbury, Daniel Pollaccia, Abel Nunez, Billy Scheibe, and Jason Lambert.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Mark Munoz: My toughest opponent to date is Matt Hamill. I lost that fight via head kick and learned a tremendous amount from that fight. That fight was a blessing in disguise.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Mark Munoz: My next opponent is Kendall Grove. He is utilizes his length very well. He’s well rounded and has a lot of experience.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Mark Munoz: My all-time favourite fighter is Anderson Silva.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Mark Munoz:I eat lots of carbs, veggies, and fruits. I drink a lot of water as well.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Mark Munoz: I listen to old school hip-hop and R&B and contemporary Christian

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Mark Munoz: I’d fight Bruce Lee for the experience of it. But on second thought maybe I wouldn’t want to fight him.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Mark Munoz: I believe the best pound for pound fighter is Anderson Silva. 

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Din Thomas

March 24th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Din Thomas: I broke into the world of MMA through the window with a ski mask.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Din Thomas: I was born in Wilmington, Delaware. I grow up in Newark, Delaware and in Port St. Lucie, Fl.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Din Thomas: American Top Team till the day I die…or we break up, whichever comes first.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Din Thomas: I fought top 10ers throughout my career. I can’t say who was the toughest. You will have to ask them. I’ve been pretty tough opponent to myself as well sometimes too.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Din Thomas:My next fight will be against Ricardo Mayorga. I’m honoured to be the one chosen to fight him. Shout out to the guys at Shine.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Din Thomas: My all-time MMA fighter is probably Pele.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Din Thomas: My opponents.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Din Thomas: Hip-hop.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Din Thomas:Probably Floyd Mayweather. He is so talented as a boxer but he runs his mouth a bit too much.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Din Thomas: I think GSP is the best P4P fighter in the world. But BJ is the most dominant in his division.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Josh Neer
March 23rd, 2010
MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Josh Neer:Went to amateur show to watch friend tried it the next weekend.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Josh Neer:Lacona, IA, It’s 30 miles south of Des Moines.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Josh Neer: Des Moines MMA

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Josh Neer: Prob Spencer Fisher was my toughest. 5 rounds of beating each other up.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Josh Neer: Eddie Alvarez, it should be a good fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Josh Neer: Wanderlie Silva

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Josh Neer: Anything really. Just try to eat healthy, usually don’t though because I’ve starved myself the past 6 weeks and miss all the bad food.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Josh Neer:Hip hop, Eminem, Tupac, Kanye, something like that.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Josh Neer: GSP because I think he’s the best.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Josh Neer: GSP

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Pat Barry
March 23rd, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Pat Barry:I started kickboxing cause i watched way to many Van Damme movies! MMA is the evolution of fight sport and if one wants to be the strongest, MMA is the proving ground!

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Pat Barry: I was born and raised in THE MIGHTY NEW ORLEANS!

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Pat Barry:I’m in Milwaukee WI training with Duke Roufus.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Pat Barry:Antoni Hardonk has been my biggest fight. but in all actuality “I’M” my biggest challenge.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Pat Barry:June 12th-UFC 115-Mirko Cro Cop, this guy has been on my heroes for years, and an influential part of my transition into MMA, he’s going to bring out the best in me.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Pat Barry: ANTHONY “SHOWTIME” PETTIS!

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Pat Barry: PIZZA!

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Pat Barry: Whatever gives me a good feeling, last fight I was hooked on Africa by Toto!

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Pat Barry: SAGAT from street fighter, cause he’s the best ever!!! or TYSON in his prime!

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Pat Barry:“HD”– yahhhhhhhhhh!!! or, ANTHONY “SHOWTIME” PETTIS! whatchout nah!

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Paul Daley
March 22nd, 2010
MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Paul Daley: I did some local amateur competitions, meet a few promoters and some fighters and went from there.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Paul Daley:Born in London, Raised for the most part in Nottingham England.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Paul Daley: Team Rough House.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Paul Daley: Probably Nick Thompson, because i was not in the best of health in that fight, after being in hospital 9hours prior.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Paul Daley:Josh Koscheck, UFC 113. he’s a tough guy.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Paul Daley:Minotauro or Takanori Gomi.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Paul Daley: Pasta, and fruit.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Paul Daley: Hip Hop

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Paul Daley: I don’t care who I fight, as long as it promotes a challenge and furthers me as a fighter.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Paul Daley: Anderson Silva.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Elvis Sinosic
March 21st, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Elvis Sinosic: Years ago a friend of mine brought in a tape of UFC 2. This sparked my interest. Though it wasn’t til several years later that I saw an Ad in Blitz martial arts magazine advertising for fighters that inspired me to jump in and test myself. The first time for me was March 22nd 1997.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Elvis Sinosic: I was born and raised in Canberra AUSTRALIA. Though I now reside and call Sydney my home.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Elvis Sinosic:I train at with my own team at my own gym, Sinosic Perosh Martial Arts (SPMA) http://www.facebook.com/l/f759d;www.spma.net.au We have a great team with my business & training partner and also Coach Anthony Perosh. We have some great fighters such as Steve Micallef, Shane Nix, Adam Celestino, Chi Kit Cheung, Fred Chahroura, and Chris Kalliris to name a few.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Elvis Sinosic: Honestly they’ve all been tough. I’ve fought numerous World Champions and top contenders. My toughest opponent to me is always my next fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Elvis Sinosic: My next opponent is myself. I don’t have a fight lined up at the moment as I have surgery planned for my shoulder. Hopefully I’ll come out on top and win that one.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Elvis Sinosic:As a fighter that’s a tough call. Generally you compare yourself to other fighters rather than look up to them. Though some of the great fighters I enjoy watching fight are Antonio Nogueira, Anderson Silva, BJ Penn, GSP, Shogun and Dos Santos.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Elvis Sinosic: Usually breakfast, something like eggs, bacon, toast, then during the day protein bars and possibly lunch, something like chicken & rice, depending on the time of the fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Elvis Sinosic: Normally my walk out music is what I’ll use to pump me up before the fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Elvis Sinosic: That’s either, whoever is the best fighter in my division, so that usually means the champion.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Elvis Sinosic:I really don’t know. I think some of the top contenders are GSP, Anderson Silva, BJ Penn and Fedor. They’ve all faced some of the best fighters in their division and displayed dominant results. They also show a great level of skill. You could argue the merits for each fighter.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Benji Radach
March 20th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Benji Radach:As a wrestler I started at the age of 3. My Dad was the youth coach with Jim Bair of Castle Rock, WA.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Benji Radach: Castle Rock, WA Spent time in Alaska as well.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Benji Radach:I train with several teams. I’m friends with most so I train with the best when I can. The last few trainings have been Bas Rutten, “King” Mo Lawal, Dan Henderson, Team Quest, Brad Blackburn, Jason “Mayhem” Miller, Ryan Parsons, Jay Silva. In the past I’ve spent a lot of time with Dennis Hallman Victory Athletics, Ricardo Liborio American Top Team, Extreme Couture, Elite MMA, Team Quest,

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Benji Radach:My toughest opponents were Murillo “Ninja” Rua, Chris Leben, Sean Sherk, and Scott Smith. These guys took shots that have face planted past opponents.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Benji Radach:Not sure I just tore my pectoralis major from the bone and it balled up in the center of my chest. So I’m out for a bit.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Benji Radach:Fedor

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Benji Radach: Oatmeal

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Benji Radach: Rocky Tunes

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Benji Radach: Obama for fixing our health system.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Benji Radach: Fedor/Silva/St. Pierre

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Ed Ratcliff
March 19th, 2010
MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Ed Ratcliff: As one of the youngest to pass the Lions Den Tryouts. 17yrs old.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Ed Ratcliff: south side Chicago.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Ed Ratcliff: Alliance MMA.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Ed Ratcliff: Cowboy- got kneed in the balls 3x but I wouldn’t stay down and never will.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Ed Ratcliff: Chris Horodecki- I’m gonna put an MMA clinic on him come June.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Ed Ratcliff: Myself. MMA is my canvas to create art in its truest form.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Ed Ratcliff: French Toast, eggs, and cheese-grits in the am. Steak Sandwich or burger and Fries in the afternoon before the fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Ed Ratcliff:Hardcore rap. 3-6 mafia, Pastor Troy, TI, Twista, psychodrama, Lil Wayne. just to name a few. If you listen to the same music you can see the feel I’m going for.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Ed Ratcliff: Cowboy. I’d win that fight without the low blows. Look at how the fight started. Please believe that i can keep that up for 3 or 5 rounds; easily.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Ed Ratcliff: GSP- He has all the tools physically and mentally.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Garett Davis

March 19th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Garett Davis:My friend Brad Dwyer (R.I.P) introduced me to Brazilian jiu-jitsu and the UFC in the late 90′s. I ended up moving to Vancouver April 2000 and started training full time for MMA. I did my first fight June 2002. Now ten years later I have 25 (14-10-1) pro fights under my belt.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Garett Davis:St. John’s, Newfoundland

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Garett Davis: Freelance / ADVERSITY MMA

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Garett Davis: Myself…because I’m nuts…ha!

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Garett Davis:Not sure who my next opponent is right now. I just fought last week for king of the cage against Nolan Clark. I won by TKO in the first round. Woop Woop

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Garett Davis:Vitor Belfort, BJ Penn, Rickson Gracie, Denis Kang.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Garett Davis: Oatmeal and whey protein 1st thing in morning, then light for the rest of the day. Some protein bars and a coffee, nothing special, just enough so I don’t feel hungry, but not to much…

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Garett Davis:“The Vice of Killing” by Ennio Moriconne.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Garett Davis:Anyone that I lost to before…especially Mark Bocek and Andrew Buckland.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Garett Davis: BJ Penn…easily!

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with K.J. Noons
March 19th, 2010
MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
K.J. Noons: Pride US Audition, 6 years ago.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
K.J. Noons:Born Providence , Rhode Island ,and raised in Kailua-Kona , Hawaii.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
K.J. Noons:City Boxing, Team Quest, Throwdown, The Arena , MMA Conditioning, Wild Card. Basically Southern Cali.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
K.J. Noons:Muay thai fight, forget the guys name.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
K.J. Noons:Andre Dida in Dream March 22nd on HDNet. Gonna be good one.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
K.J. Noons: Anderson Silva.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
K.J. Noons:Lots of carbs.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
K.J. Noons: Reggae.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
K.J. Noons: Sugar Ray Robinson, best fighter.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
K.J. Noons: Anderson Silva or Jose Aldo.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Mickey Burnett
March 18th, 2010
MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Mikey Burnett:Kimo Leopaldo talked me into it actually in 1994.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Mikey Burnett: Born and raised in Tulsa Oklahoma.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Mikey Burnett: Ill always be Lion’s Den.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Mikey Burnett:Eugenio Tadeau… The biggest heart I’ve ever seen.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Mikey Burnett: My next opponent will be neck surgery.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Mikey Burnett:Ken Shamrock, Kimo, Tank, Royce.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Mikey Burnett: I don’t fight anymore.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Mikey Burnett:I used to listen to Tupac.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Mikey Burnett:Would have loved to fight Sakaraba or a Gracie.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Mikey Burnett:I think Fedor is the best in the world any way u cut it…. BJ…. P4P.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Jake Ellenberger
March 18th, 2010
MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Jake Ellenberger: I watched a local show at a casino and was hooked

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Jake Ellenberger: Omaha, Nebraska

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Jake Ellenberger:Ellenberger MMA/Team Vaghi jiu-jitsu

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Jake Ellenberger: Carlos Condit, Tough and well rounded.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Jake Ellenberger: Ben Saunders, he doesn’t like to get hit, I’m a bad draw

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Jake Ellenberger:Chael Sonnen

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Jake Ellenberger: Pasta

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Jake Ellenberger: Jack Stark-psychologist

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Jake Ellenberger:Matt Hughes, he is a legend

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Jake Ellenberger: GSP

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Gabe Ruediger
March 17th, 2010

MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Gabe Ruediger:I was training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and then started training Thai boxing. I enjoyed competing in both and the obvious next challenge/step was MMA. My First fight was in 2002. I didn’t really start having any notoriety until I won the WEC lightweight title in 2004, after my 7th fight.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Gabe Ruediger:I was born in Topanga Canyon in Southern California but moved to Northern California at a young age. I lived in a town named Grass Valley for my “formative years”.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Gabe Ruediger:I don’t have a specific team I represent. Im in a position where I can train at a lot of different facilities with a ton of great fighters. I do however represent Rodrigo Mederios in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The 4 places I frequent the most are Master Bob Chaney’s, PKG, Millennia Jiu-Jitsu and Erik Paulson CSW. All of my strength &conditioning is done at Valley Crossfit.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Gabe Ruediger: Not sure. Every opponent that I’ve had has had strengths and weaknesses. The most memorable and come from behind fight was against Savant Young. He beat me up, bad for 2 rounds. I was going into the 3rd round down at least 2 points, maybe 3! I Dug deep and finished him in the 3rd. On another note, he hits harder than anyone else I’ve fought too.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Gabe Ruediger: I wish I could answer that question. I don’t have anything lined up as of now. My thoughts on my next fight is that I have every intention of winning though! LOL

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Gabe Ruediger: I need to pick just one? That’s really tough and I have no idea. Igor Vovchanchyn, Sakuraba and Mach Sakurai in their hey days were incredible to watch. There are so many good guys though.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Gabe Ruediger:I try to keep it clean. Plenty of carbs, no cheese, fried foods, refined sugar (I’ll eat fruit though) and a lot of green vegetables. Its important to have the proper fuel.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Gabe Ruediger: That’s different each time. My I-Pod is a crazy mix. My last 2 fights I remember hearing bad Brains “Re Ignition ” and Roy Jones “Cant be touched” before I walked out. My entrance song is “The Godzilla march” By Damnation AD however. I’ve used that since the UFC.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Gabe Ruediger: Just one? LOL There are a LOT of people I would love to get a chance to punch. No Idea.

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Gabe Ruediger: P4P is an interesting term and its hard to gauge. I always think of BJ Penn going from light weight, winning a title at welter, fighting and beating good fighters at 185lbs (Renzo and Rodrigo Gracie), and then losing a close decision at heavy weight (Machida). For me, that makes him Pound for Pound the best.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Pete Spratt
March 15th, 2010


MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Pete Spratt: I actually had a couple of friends that I was training with fighting professionally and they were training under Anthony Macias. After training with them a few months I started beating them and they got me fight in Killeen, TX for Shannon Ritch. I fought for $100 and won by KO!

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Pete Spratt: I was born in Denison, TX and raised in Sherman, TX! 60 miles north of Dallas!

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Pete Spratt:Currently a Team member of Sityodtong Boston but my home gym is RPBJJ and Spratt American Muay Thai in San Antonio, TX!

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Pete Spratt: A guy named Doug Carpenter. We fought at the inaugural Renegades Extreme Fighting in Houston, TX back in 2000 I believe. I hit this kid with everything and could not finish him. Tough, tough guy!

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Pete Spratt: Luigi Fioravanti at MFC 25! It’s going to be a very interesting match up and I look forward to my return!

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Pete Spratt: Probably Randy Couture. I just like everything that he stands for as a Mixed Martial Artist and person. Very classy!

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Pete Spratt: Hmm, I don’t have anything specific I eat. Sometimes pasta, sometimes a steak and baked potato. It just depends!

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Pete Spratt: I like Jay-Z, 50 cent, Drake, J squad, Snoop and old school R&B stuff!

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Pete Spratt: Doesn’t matter, I am just in there to create an exciting fight for the fans regardless of who’s in front of me!

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Pete Spratt: Anderson Silva is my P4P pick. The guy has been on a tear the last few years and I don’t see anyone beating him anytime soon. His game is just too dynamic.

Roll The Dice With MMA-Paradise.com: 10 Questions with Damarques Johnson
March 15th, 2010


MMA-Paradise.com: How did you break into the world of MMA?
Damarques Johnson: I got involved with MMA after a few years of grappling while in the military.

MMA-Paradise.com: Where were you born and raised?
Damarques Johnson: Salt Lake City. Utah.

MMA-Paradise.com:What team/gym are you currently training with?
Damarques Johnson: Elite Performance – Jeremy Horn, Matt Pena, Matt Hughes.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who has been your toughest opponent to date? And why?
Damarques Johnson: Edgar Garcia. Mostly because that was my first fight in the big show, that’s why, duh lol.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your next opponent? And your thoughts on that fight?
Damarques Johnson: Brad Blackburn, UFC 112, I am excited and expect Fireworks it should be fun to watch.

MMA-Paradise.com: Who is your all time favourite MMA fighter?
Damarques Johnson: BJ Penn.

MMA-Paradise.com: What do you eat the day of a fight?
Damarques Johnson: Oatmeal and fruit.

MMA-Paradise.com: What music do you listen to before getting pumped up for a fight?
Damarques Johnson: Fun happy music… lol usually some old school hip hop and some alternative, usually fun high paced stuff.

MMA-Paradise.com: If you could fight anyone in the world, who would it be? And why?
Damarques Johnson: Ruben Rocha- he is the kid that kneed me in the nuts in 4th grade…

MMA-Paradise.com: In your opinion, who is P4P the best fighter in the world right now?
Damarques Johnson: I would say BJ Penn is the best pound for pound fighter right now because he really is the only fighter that has stepped out of he weight class against quality opponents on a regular basis.

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