“Embedded” UFC 241, Episode 1: “I’m Gonna Embarrass Nate Diaz”

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UFC’s “Embedded” series highlights DC, Stipe, and Anthony Pettis.

UFC 241 presents a stacked card that will be delivered to all this Saturday on August 17th. The successful “Embedded” program returns with its first episode highlighting the event.

The episode starts by highlighting Daniel Cormier and his training in preparation for Stipe Miocic.

Cormier pronounced, “I still view myself as the underdog. Because, what in that fight, outside of just the knockout makes you think that we’re not even? The is the biggest fight of my life. For the longest time, people that that Stipe was the standard-bearer for this division. If I can go and beat him twice, and leave no questions about the result, it’s truly something special.”

Striking coach Javier Mendez understands the difficulty of the matchup. He highlighted the fact that Miocic has had a year of preparation to fix his mistakes, and think about how hungry he is to avenge his title loss.

The episode then turns its focus to Stipe in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio.

As expected, Stipe voiced his eagerness for the rematch to the embedded crew, even though its a year later. Although the rematch took a long to secure, Stipe admitted that he used the meantime for good.

“It’s been a long year but its been a great year”, Miocic stated. “I had my daughter two weeks after the fight. Its a breath of fresh air. I let my body rest and my mind rest, and just enjoyed life for a change.”

The highlight of Miocic’s condition training was centered around shocking his body. His conditioning coach wanted to focus on breath control and outfitting Stipe with 5 round championship cardio.

Traveling onward, the Embedded crew makes its way to Milwaukee — the home of RoufusSport and “Showtime” Anthony Pettis.

A fired-up Pettis is shown equipped with shin guards practicing his trademark spinning kick techniques. The bag sways back and forth as Pettis prepares for his bout against Nate Diaz.

“Every event I go to he (Nate Diaz) has something to say”, said Pettis. “He has some middle fingers to throw up.. like if you want to fight, sign the contract and lets fight. That’s where I am at right now.”

The disdain Pettis has towards Diaz is highlighted as he proceeds to mention how the rivalry is personal. He then declares that the best revenge against Nate is to humiliate him in front of thousands of fans when the two ultimately square off.

The highlight of the episode comes when Pettis finishes pad work with coach Duke Roufus. “Showtime” stares into the camera with a menacing glare and says:

 “Oh, I can’t wait.. I’m gonna kill that motherf**ker.”

UFC 241 takes place this Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The event marks the 8th time that the promotion has traveled to Anaheim. The early prelims begin at 6:15 pm EST on Fight Pass. The preliminary portion can be found on ESPN, while the main card will be available on PPV.

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