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This is -- to spike gave -- Mike Straka -- it out by Kelly Kruger who writes.
Title shot into the shark tank of mixed martial arts.
At first of all let me talk about -- -- the author for second army ranger special forces.
Third -- the street division you've been around combat for a long time and it.
In the -- for a long time.
What is it like first of all I got to know what -- like becoming an army ranger.
Cultural -- there there there is hardest thing in winters grew ever done at that point.
It was toward one when I went through -- at -- time.
There -- just cool stories -- its very grueling event and it's it's a traumatic experience if you don't know what you -- -- -- For folks who don't go to home Colin Powell was who was an operator of a CU -- -- to become general joint chiefs and sect that.
You're -- good company as an army ranger I'm no expert community where stars of her there that said.
You know mixed martial arts could be the army ranger of sports couldn't it.
Absolutely it's it's a very grueling sport as you -- know you've recovered for a long time.
That's traumatic experience coroner Jim didn't stop in every every day.
So yeah absolutely it's if you compared across the spectrum of other ventures sports I would say that the the -- in the preparation probably a lot more difficult than.
Probably -- else out there.
So in this book you document how you went to five different training camps it up in -- with -- Friday and across the country with met -- -- -- -- as his group and and Greg Jackson's group.
What was the main.
You say OK I can understood.
I know these guys are mixed martial arts fighters because all five of these different places geographically had the same kind of -- -- is that common -- though.
That's actually do one question -- really couldn't find an answer to because I want to find out why guys fought you know like.
Myself many -- understand why you cops firemen military do things for the greater common good but to mr.
Parker -- and fight it out -- -- got a couple of -- was kind of yummy at the time.
Who understand that more and I want us understand why guys fought and that instead of funny that one answer -- talk while the commonality everybody had a different reason everybody.
There -- some guys you play we just want to make money there -- some guys -- got a lot of -- and -- -- -- do something with them.
There's some guys who came from a very combative background.
-- -- -- -- an -- several rough proponent.
Georgian capital of -- -- -- -- very rough operating and found disciplined and a new life -- amendment so.
The only commonality it probably cities just to their desired to win.
That's really about all that doing -- -- they'll have a different reason for being in the case but they'll wanna win what's legitimate party.
-- -- finally George saint Pierre -- -- saint -- I can only last year when when -- -- Matt -- again to get his title back.
He wrote Kevin earlier is a Yahoo! Sports columnist he wrote that GSP is the evolution of the fighter because he's he takes -- different disciplines -- He trains them separately and it puts -- altogether the month before the fight.
When you're looking at these five different training camps what makes them all -- For.
The different attitude.
You know if you think that the -- doesn't have its own attitude you're mistaken have a current -- enough.
They charge you speak now wrestler wrestler can -- striker he can do -- all.
I think that comes from.
-- -- here but every Jim has a different attitude Zachary Jackson is very.
Joseph is more like -- frat house and then -- -- -- -- of the -- question is very serious very disciplined.
American top team is huge to -- -- -- very well funded just really that different attitude and if you're down there and it's gonna create its.
It's it's a very presence it was -- Jameer went -- that I said wow this is the way it should be.
Has it got -- you know that comes from marked on -- -- Abbas and comes from dale movie type background where there's a strict hierarchy.
You know there's younger fighters -- need to -- won't have to the other fighters -- done that other bowl fruit so.
They just all have a completely different way of looking at the game.
You know it's agencies -- deck as we look at Kenny Florian fight he starts off you know 8000 does everybody into India in the octagon.
And other fighters it is sort of like you know drivers get it done.
In fact you talk cover shot -- Rashad Evans.
Blew a kiss and grabbed his crops in the last fight correct kind of shocking to me are for script that I would've been like -- reach what's going on here there URLs are being you ought to make that would make.
That I think it was his racing can't hurt me you know he it took a couple of heavy shots and right after the the fight -- that was his way -- force myself which have been doing things.
You know -- -- and all those guys have received a dollar they're they're very respectful of each other they'll go to movies to there is usually go to Thailand at least once you're sometimes -- They still have that very deep connection to movie tie -- -- the spirituality VR -- the art.
They respect and so they they why insists there was -- -- I don't.
That that just comes from Philip Roth and his it's extreme discipline.
Going do to stay true to who each side has not just MMA but as we retiree -- -- -- the confused by and its side.
Now and what have you spent time -- which Cesar Gracie and obviously you from the pioneering family.
Was there a difference between.
The traditional procedure -- you guys as opposed to like maybe go to meant -- in school where.
Most these guys are wrestlers were learning.
Other other methods of of combat -- -- what did you find that.
Kind of differences thoughts -- different -- Brussels and Brazilian jujitsu practitioners have a different way a look at that that the ground game.
Brazilian -- guys who star on their knees when they grapple I don't have to we're going to take them.
Wrestlers have to start -- -- have to work for -- -- so.
It's practically the firm formed through two minutes its -- asset because.
What things got edited out of the book that didn't make them because it was just kind of a distraction.
Was Cesar -- -- theory of of of combat ground combat -- he said you know guys down in Los Angeles.
They have good jujitsu but they don't want to work hard.
As you work your way up the coast to his -- of course we have guys who work hard and have good technique and -- you work -- -- up the coast even further to Oregon.
But you have great discipline would know techniques -- history was your technique went down as -- went north but -- discipline went up.
Breast self and of course -- that right in the mill in Concord California -- Well fortunately he's gonna make at the center of the universe right there -- If he seemed to rule when he talked you know we we got a little bit with the -- so we I felt we got to see what the -- relate to what the -- -- but we never really got to see their personalities.
They did make that change towards the end of BI files regime where they were gonna be make you know team quest -- extreme couture whatever but it never really reach the phase of the -- popularity.
So what are the trainers like and we don't know what the fighters alike we're all fans of U of C and group and we we watch the fighters but what of the traders like person.
Agree and I actually probably there's a little bit older to some -- fortieth birthday ten that thank -- appreciate that accepts bare back.
-- by the book first birthday present right title shot.
I I feel better of the trade is probably gonna talk to meant little -- Jackson and -- -- -- -- -- more often and you fighters.
-- -- have their own little little quirks and idiosyncrasies you know -- that they they'll try to -- that's evicting Israel trying to watch a sport which is a tendency what's going on and -- -- -- exchange and -- -- with it.
Especially great Jackson like guys -- -- it tactical genius he.
He doesn't watch by as much as you would think he doesn't always says you when I'm home don't know what they're -- watched by an I don't know I believe and I think he does.
Because he wants note everybody else is doing and that there is always thinking through Fridays always think about what he can do next and how we can evolve it's not just himself and his fighters.
It's got a huge gym.
And -- these guys that he has to.
Of all personally has to grow them personally so there's a massive job from -- he's -- -- look at tighter than an Albuquerque and he does very well.
I spoke with the author of blood indicates Joseph worth checking Sports Illustrated in -- you know he went and talked with pat militants for his book and spent some time and and what thing I asked -- was Howell pat can make -- business head of trading program and it looks like pat I really struggle with that because it was a sort of part of his make up.
But when you spent time these five different traders do each one conduct business differently.
Yeah absolutely and the fact protest leaders talk about.
He you know he doesn't take a couple of spies -- -- -- problem.
If they want to donate and that's except whole thing never says that's a recipe for disaster.
That that we never says you have to give me -- -- either never puts anything into a contract it's a gentleman's agreement if you're trim my -- can -- you want.
And if you win and you would like to donate -- you can't all right.
Poland say out I want to put this out there to fighters.
You guys are great fighters.
But you -- get over this mentality that you're doing the -- -- by -- with them for you to go get a tree with somebody else got to stop that.
Got to make money now it's time to come up.
-- -- -- or by only Gemma and he's BI wouldn't I wouldn't I I would be a nice guy and I have.
A real SOB as my business partner program and say hey you guys were treated me great -- got to -- in person -- not just to Jim guy there please -- dump.
Traders played out because it's time it's time -- gotta make some money.
We would -- -- with that.
You know that and the nominees get a lot better you know about three years ago right -- longer two years ago the minimum was three and three for fighter coming on to.
Community you're seeing now I haven't seen one below eight -- while -- that there might be one -- You know you didn't at least 8000 dollars to fight where was only 3000 dollars two years ago it's over you'll.
It's like -- and a they still a young thing and actors for instance really -- the New York City and LA.
If you acting class doesn't matter if you're -- with the guy who taught Marlon Brando where you train which some nobody acting school.
You're gonna pay for lessons and you're going to pay for lessons and then you become a movie -- to the matter you paid your dues.
Whatever and -- and that the teacher has no expectations of getting a cut if you become a movie star.
So -- -- he's got to get to that play where if you want to be -- -- they fight to get treated like the business -- you can be a fighter you are your own commodity you've got to treat it like that.
-- -- have the best training you gotta pay for you get we pay for re tramps who were.
That I think are the guys are getting better I think as -- -- grows because I mean let's -- because it's not just enemy discouraged its you have CNN news story with its.
As as they make more money and it gets funneled into.
More pockets I think you see that more more the -- fighters who have more business sense than they did before.
There's a lot of actors though who are struggling actors they still come up with the money from a legal way to take a lot of writers are struggling writers strike and the -- you know you gotta you gotta pay you know who paid for your trip to -- those -- me.
Exactly her bit -- it right you didn't you know.
You've got to you know if you want something you gotta pay for you got to work for.
We're gonna get this book.
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There's still in my book -- -- myself from Matt little and they're doing the donating the proceeds of the woodwork project.
Yet so if you want to help our soldiers are combined ratio of dot com and then the money were those who would work project.
Speaking of the wounded warrior project we got the -- -- -- event at Thabo I wasn't record to data from have to watch -- -- I -- via brutal some brutal -- the irony is that I've never seen so many injuries and on one card right and he already was news for the wounded warrior project and -- you know hang around with Marines and in other other army men.
So what was -- -- and women and what was interesting is that it that was where that was the ironic part that he's he's it's huge it's.
Standing -- broken leg was -- according -- way.
Very -- -- -- -- ever seen this -- -- it was pretty bad injury OP story.
-- tighter shot we're gonna.
-- say goodbye to Kelly trigger for now but we are gonna have Kelly I joined Joseph or that we mentioned Miller earlier so we'll get -- an author's take.
On the future of mixed martial arts.
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