It’s important to remind everyone that the Super Mario Marathon for the children is still going down. The charitable participants are in high spirits after 6 hours of Super Mario Galaxy 2 and thousands of dollars have been raised. Head over there, Mushroom Kingdom hijinx are abound, and they don’t plan on stopping for days.
Bigfoot Silva wouldn’t be out of place in the Mushroom Kingdom, and it would be difficult for everyone’s favorite plumber to jump on the 6 foot 4 Strikeforce heavyweight’s head. One dimensional striker is Mario. Tatame spoke to one of the final four remaining fighters in the Heavyweight Grand Prix to get his thoughts on his possible opponents, and he spits some fireballs.
I’ll do my job, set a great camp for this bout and I’ll go for the win. I had told you before I fought Fedor that people were like: ‘Fedor, Fedor…’ And I used to say: ‘guys, I’d like to tell you I’m not sitting at home eating pizza and drinking Coke and watching movies. I was training a lot and he’s not a superman, he’s a human being like any other’. I love entering the octagon as the underdog, I like being booed at, it only motivates me and gives me the strength to go there and prove that I’m not fighting MMA just to be another number and put some money in my pocket. I’m there to fight and make some space for myself, and be among the best.
Man, the bout between Josh and Brett Rogers I practically predicted what would happen. I have talked to Brett, I have told him and his coach: ‘stay alert to your legs, he won’t like to strike with you, he won’t like to do the stand-up game with you and he’ll try to take you down with his good Wrestling’. And it’s what I would do if I was fighting him: I’d try to take him down and finish the fight. Credits to Josh, he could do it, he took him down pretty well. He’s a complete fighter, as I told you before. He’s good while striking, he has good Wrestling, he has a good ground game. He’s a complete fighter. Now, on this tournament, I guess he’s the most complete athlete. This bout against Kharitonov will be another tough one, he won’t take him down that easily. Kharitonov, besides having heavy hands just like Brett, has a better posture while standing up, and is a better boxer. But I’ll cheer for him, because I’d really like that, defeating Overeem, do the finale against him because it’s a personal issue that we got to go through.
I’ll never bring my feelings into the ring, because then you ruin all your game plan. But, I’ll set a good game plan and we’ll solve this personal issue, just me and him. But I’m not thinking about Josh right now. I’m focused in Overeem. I’ve been training for a month now, thinking about Werdum and Overeem. In May I started to train and I spent three days a week training for fighting Werdum, and two days training in case I’d fight Overeem. I’ve started doing that in May, so it’s five months of preparation. Now I’m focused on Overeem, on defeating him. I’ve said before that, in case I defeated Fedor, I’d win this tournament, because I’ve saw this bout against Fedor as a finale of the tournament to me. It was the toughest fight of the tournament, he was the most dangerous person in there, he was pointed out by everyone as the one to become its champion, and I fought him on my first bout on the tournament. That has given me extra motivation to train, to conquest this title. Now, if you want to beat me up, you’ll have to submit me or knock me out because I really want to win this tournament.