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Getting to Know your Maniacs :  Jay

Maniacs,

I have decided to try out a new series in regards to our members. However, this is more MMA related and not the usual goofball stuff (mostly). I would like to try and interview various Maniacs from all over the globe.

Jay, a regular from Canada, has decided to be nice enough to put up with my very amateur stuff and give me some of his thoughts.



1) What is your favorite base martial art to watch?

Definitely BJJ. My stepson was until recently heavily involved in MT and BJJ. Outside of his tourneys, I've never watched JJ. I think I used to get more excited for his matches than he did. I love the grappling arts and prefer to watch them over the other martial arts. BJJ and wrestling are a close one-two for me.

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2) Who is your favorite fighter from that base MA? Please give an example of his/her greatest moment or a highlight you feel that captures the essence of said fighter.

I would have to say Anderson Silva (and Jason McDonald). I know, who says AS is their favorite grappler, right? I like what his bottom game has become. He used to be garbage on the ground. I like the guys I see marked improvements in (i.e. Georges wrestling, Anderson's JJ, Cain's striking). The fights that made me believe AS doesn't have a weak spot anymore are the Henderson fight and the Lutter fight. He's very patient on the ground and his body triangle is the most effective one I've seen.

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3) Do you participate in any MA today? If not, which base MA would you pick? Why? What attracts you to it?

I don't participate in any contact sports anymore. It just isn't worth the risk. Fighting is a young man's sport, and I am no longer young. If I had to choose a MA to take part in it would definitely be wrestling. Wrestling has always been fun. I have a friend that won't let me do anything but wrestle him when we see each other. I'm talking the whole points and time limits type of wrestling. The guy's a bit of a freak.

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4) List your top 3 favorite MMA fighters of all time. Why?

Brock Lesnar, GSP, Patrick Cote. I like the gentlemen that GSP and Cote appear to be, and I liked Brock for the complete opposite. I thought Brock was funny and talented. I was half right.

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5) List your top 3 MMA fighters on your shit list. Why? What do you feel is the most defining moment for each fighter that made you feel this way. Give examples.

Shit list...

A) Frankie Edgar....This fucking guy can't beat anyone decisively so we have to watch him rematch people 3 or 10 times each to figure out a winner. I've never enjoyed any of his fights and he's a boring guy outside of the cage too. He's to me what GSP is to you 'Mericans.

B) Jason Miller....How is this fuck in the UFC? I hate people that get into the UFC based on Dana's love for them. I'm looking at you Kimbo, Matthew Riddle, Leonard Garcia and Tito Ortiz.

C) Guys with long hair. Ben Henderson, Clay Guida, Urijah Faber....Unless you're in a band from the 80's, a chick or a dirty biker, cut your fucking hair. I won't root for anyone with long hair. Anyone with long hair in the cage is on my shit list.

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6) Besides GSP, who is the greatest Canadian MMA fighter in your opinion? Why? What do you feel is the most defining moment for that fighter. Give examples.

Patty Cote. The guy has never said a mean word in his life. His best moment was when he took over the momentum in the Anderson Silva fight. He started owning that bastard until Steven Segal put that voodoo shit on him. Patrick Cote could very well be the Middleweight Champion if it weren't for that dirty witch they call Steve.

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7) Compare and contrast the growth of MMA in both Canada and the USA. What is your perception?

I think both countries had the same explosion in popularity a few years ago. I can't speak for the US, but IMO the sport has slowed a lot in Canada (probably the absense of GSP, I know it is for me). I think the sport has grown as much as it can in its current state. I don't know what has to happen for it to get another shot in the arm, but IMO the sport has really slowed here. I blame the network deals. Up till this year I used to be able to catch a free card or a replay almost any time of day. Now if you don't have all the best cable packages you have a hard time finding fights on outside the live events.

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8) Would you be in favor of MMA being an Olympic event? Who would you place on your team?

No. I don't think the sport works in the olympics. I'd watch it, but I don't think the current rules would ever be allowed in. Plus who commissions MMA if its in the olympics?

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9) What is your view of the UFC expanding their weight divisions to 145lbs and under?

Hate it. Maybe they need to keep Strikeforce open and use them for the small guys. I don't know. I just don't get excited to see little people fight when I know that Cyborg could probably kill most of those guys. Sure they're faster than the other weight classes, but I just can't get up for watching them.

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10) Which Maniac would you like to fight in an MMA sanctioned match? Why? Keep it real.

I'd take on any of you fucks from Mania. You all have my address. Come on down, pussies. No but seriously, I'd want to fight VM. I often find myself being jealous of his coolness. He's also probably the toughest guy I've ever seen, so if I had to fight, I would want to test myself against the best. Everyone knows that's Mike. I would DEFINITELY lose, but just to touch gloves with greatness would be worth it.

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***This fanpost is dedicated to DetroitDrew. We miss you. Come back soon.***

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