English in the UFC

How important is knowledge of English in the UFC?

– I think it depends on how much you want to promote yourself. This is as important as your fighting skills and training – it is extremely important. After the fights, they take an interview, or a situation when someone says the wrong thing to you – and you need to answer him.

How are you with English now?

We can say that on the C grade. I would have gotten a C at school. There are so many sentences and words that I do not build correctly – I speak broken English. I still have a lot to learn in English specifically in the sports field. In general, I know a C grade. However, I understand to understand, because if you do not understand just one word, then in the context it is possible to understand what your interlocutor is talking about. And when you need to explain to me – there are difficulties.

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Does Khabib pay attention to this?

Yes, he constantly tells us to learn [English]. We try, but we often get tired after training. Now my English is much better than 2-3 years ago.

Tarki

I heard that you run to Tarki in 9 minutes. This is true? (Climbing Mount Tarki-Tau is a popular exercise among Dagestani athletes living in Makhachkala.)

– No, I never ran for 9 – a little more. But there are those who are faster – for 7:40, Abasgadzhi.

What is this fighter?

This is a freestyle sport wrestler (Abasgadzhi Magomedov – European champion in freestyle wrestling in 2021. – Approx. “SE”). Here is the fastest – this is it. I don’t know how true this is. He claims that he can run like that – you need to check.

I talked with local fighters, and they say: “Here Umar comes running in 9 minutes, and I – in 15”.

No, I don’t have 15, but a little more than 9.

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Joe Rogan and Mike Tyson

Joe Rogan and Mike Tyson interview “And you knew Jimmy Jacobs, who had this crazy library of battles.”

Mike Tyson: “I watched these fights all day. We watched and studied. Day and night. “

Joe Rogan: “How many fights were in the Jacobs collection?”

Mike Tyson: “I don’t know. Thousands. I’ve watched thousands … Even the guys who fought in the 1890s. I watched everything. “

Joe Rogan: Wow. Who was the most special for you, stood out from others? Probably Jack Johnson. “

Mike Tyson: “He was great. Ahead of his time. But there were also guys like Tony Canzoneri and Henry Armstrong, Barney Ross, Benny Leonard. These guys brought boxing sports to the level thanks to which it has developed to its present state. They were the superstars of their day. “

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Convo

Joe Rogan: “What was the name of this crazy middleweight who climbed up to Jack Johnson and dropped him?”

Mike Tyson: “Stanley Ketchel. Cool man”.

Joe Rogan: “Oh yes. He could hit like that. “

Mike Tyson: “Very cool. But he was killed when he was in his prime (at 24 – Approx. “SE”). He took the girl away from some guy. Ketchel was a tough guy with a stance like “What are you going to do to me?” He beat that guy up, humiliated him. He returned and shot him. Ketchel was a wild, crazy guy. And fearless. “

(The official version is different – Ketchel at the ranch scolded the worker for beating the horse. The worker decided to take revenge the next day and shot the boxer with a gun at breakfast. The bullet pierced his shoulder and entered his lung. The rancher and friend of Ketchel even ordered a special wagon, to take the boxer to the Springfield clinic, but they could not save him. His last words were: “I am very tired. Take me to my mother.” – Approx. “SE”).

Joe Rogan: “When it comes to madmen, Roberto Duran comes to mind.”

Mike Tyson: “Crazy. But a handsome man. All these his actions were natural, Durand was in rhythm with them. “

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Young Mike Tyson

Young Mike Tyson had a giant video library of battles. He absorbed thousands of them, even stuck to the boxing of the 1890s. I watched them like TV shows.

Mike Tyson’s short stay at the home of his teacher and trainer Cus D’Amato was perhaps the cleanest, most comfortable and serene time in the first half of the legendary sports boxer’s life.

Tyson’s teenage day consisted only of training, insightful instructions from a mentor, rest and hours of watching fights. The last activity was almost a favorite for young Mike. D’Amato’s house housed a huge collection of videotapes of old battles, which the coach was donated by his longtime friend, legendary boxing enthusiast, collector and manager Jimmy Jacobs.

Jacobs has been collecting videotapes of boxing matches since the age of 17, after reading in the newspapers about the controversial decision of the judges in the fight for the world title between Joe Louis and Jersey Joe Walcott. Subsequently, Jimmy and his collector partner Bill Caton will rescue and restore the film with the battles of Bob Fitzimmons (who performed from 1885 to 1917), Jack Johnson, Jack Dempsey and James Corbett. In 1974, Jacobs even acquired a personal video collection of the iconic Madison Square Garden arena.

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Knowledge

Tyson used his proximity to such a treasury of knowledge to the maximum – every day he printed dozens of cassettes and watched the battles for hours on end. That delightful time he fondly recalled on the Joe Rogan podcast. The good old days.

Mike Tyson: “At the time, boxing was my whole life. All I did was watch boxing, read about boxing and boxers. Boxers were my gods. “Boxer? You know this person? He’s a boxer. ” I wanted to be with them, I wanted to become their groupie. “

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The First 25 Rounds

The first 25 rounds and think how strong that sounds! Burke dominated Bowen. A few seconds before the end of the 25th, Jack sent Andy to the floor, but the gong saved him. Burke tried to end the fight in 26th, but Bowen once again lived up to his nickname Iron, holding on for those 3 minutes. Jack in this segment not only gave a lot of strength, but also finally broke his hands. From that moment on the initiative was taken by Bowen, who, however, was able to take serious revenge on his opponent only in the 48th round, dropping in a knockdown a couple of seconds before the bell.

Round after round, the battle turned not into an epic battle of two strong-willed fighters, but into a dull survival of the battered and exhausted poor fellows. By the 50th round, more than half of the audience had gone, and the rest was divided: one slept in the stands, the other chanted “Home, sweet home”, hinting that it was time to end the fight.

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Boxers

It is unlikely that barely living boxers heard them, and if they did, they did not listen – that night, no one wanted to give up the coveted title and a solid cash prize. For several hours of the duel, Bowen and Burke had a common tactic: they alternately gave one or more rounds, and after resting, they switched on, trying to finish the enemy.

After another 5 (!) Hours, the fighters remained on their feet, and most likely thanks to each other; due to the endless clinch, in which weak blows sometimes slipped. The first person who actually wanted to give up was head referee John Duffy.

As Duffy later recalled, he held on all this time, because he was afraid that if none of the sports boxers fell, he would have to declare the fight invalid, and then the audience would have to return the money, and then organize a rematch to please them. However, at the end of the 108th round, he nevertheless approached the boxers; and said that they had only two rounds left to end the fight, otherwise – the end.

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Cruel 19th Century Boxing

The cruel 19th century boxing where boxers fought 110 rounds – started in the evening, finished in the morning. One broke all his fingers, and the other, a month later, spent another 85 rounds with another opponent.

It happened on April 6, 1893 in New Orleans (Louisiana, USA). Andy Bowen and Jack Burke entered the ring of the Olympic Club – two contenders for the title of champion of the southern states in lightweight, which was left by the never defeated previous champion Jack McAuliffe (held the title since 1886). In addition to the belt, a respectable $ 2,500 was at stake at that time, and about 9 thousand people came to see the change of the MacAuliffe era.

Bowen (14-3-3 at that time) is a favorite of the Orleans public, famous for uncompromising sports fighting, resilience and fantastic endurance, due to which he prevailed over rivals in the later rounds (Bowen also ran marathons). And Burke (6-1-2) is a puncher from Texas; who combined his boxing career with the work of a trainer, by the way, thanks to which; according to rumors, he got a chance to fight for the title. Jack came on as a replacement; instead of just one of his students, whose name is not indicated in any of the sources.

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The Favorite

Bowen was the undisputed favorite that night. Burke went out on short notice, was less experienced and most importantly, was inferior in stamina (on paper). In the period from 1866 to 1920, the rules of the Marquis of Queensberry were in force in boxing. They replaced the vaults of the “London prize ring”, where boxers fought in a wooden ring, could throw and kick.

Queensberry’s new postulate is quite similar to the current rules of boxing, but one important detail was missing – the limited number of rounds. Therefore, functional monsters like Bowen could drag rivals into the 20th; or even 30th rounds and finish there (the round then, as now, lasted 3 minutes). However, this tactic did not work with Burke.

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Pacquiao US Debut at 22

Pacquiao US debut at 22 in 2001. It was Lelo Ledvaba, the champion who defended his belt for the sixth time. Pacquiao agreed to the fight after learning about him two weeks before. Three knockdowns of the Leadwabs, knockout in the sixth round. A funny hairstyle, hair in places in a yellow-red color, a lot of aggression and pressure, all in combination with his left-handed stance and speed – very unpleasant.

It became even more unpleasant later when Freddie Roach realized that the Filipino could grow into a real monster, and he went to Marco Antonio Barrera to defeat and stop him, then to Juan Manuel Marquez and Morales.

Manny already had a promotional contract with Arum, but Oscar De La Hoya decided to intercept him. Oscar arrived at the airport, showed the Filipino a suitcase full of cash, and he did not think very long. Then there was the trial, which returned to Manny Arum, but the sediment, as they say, remained with everyone.

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Pacquiao, 20, loses title

This was not his first defeat. But Manny lost his sports championship belt, his first. Medgoen Singsurat made weight, but Manny didn’t. Singsurat hit the body, but Pacquiao didn’t. The dance was collected and closed, occupied the center of the ring and pressed. In the third round, after another blow to the torso, Manny folded up and stayed there.

Big Daddy Honey was with a Filipino of the same age, but much more experienced and, in fact, already an established fighter. Manny is not. In total, he spent 80 fights in boxing, rarely traveled outside of Thailand and retired in 2011.

I wonder if a voice from above urged Manny to leave boxing after his defeat or did it start later, in the USA? Rustico Torrecampo, who had defeated Manny a couple of years earlier, could hardly be considered a professional fighter. He worked wherever he could, at boxing shows most often he helped to collect and clean the ring.

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Pacquiao Third fight

Pacquiao Third fight added more speed and power. So much so that everything became obvious to Eric El Terrible Morales at the very beginning of the fight. The third round – and Eric just sits by the ropes, shaking his head, and smiles a little. He already understood everything. Pacquiao is too cool.

In the Philippines, all over the country, during Manny’s fights, people turn off their refrigerators so that televisions can work, and the crime rate goes to near zero for several hours. Everyone is watching boxing.

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Pacquiao, 27 – Trilogy with Morales

Eric Morales defeated Pacquiao in the first fight. He outboxed, controlled the rhythm, cut, hit the body to slow down, and in the 12th round he became so insolent that he got left-handed and went into exchange. And Manny nearly finished him off, but ended up losing by unanimous decision.

Coach Freddie Roach promised that Pacquiao would destroy Morales with a “beckoning ice” blow, then he began to invent something else … The Filipino really at that time was building up not only power, but also gaining more punches and movements in his arsenal.

Potential

His sports potential became noticeable after the rematch with Morales. After giving up the first half of the fight, Manny turned on with dagger strikes, counter, towards, the most brutal attacks in the torso of Morales, a series in the head. In the 10th round, the Mexican was on the floor.

Third fight – Pacquiao added more speed and power in his boxing. So much so that everything became obvious to Eric El Terrible Morales at the very beginning of the fight. The third round – and Eric just sits by the ropes, shaking his head, and smiles a little. He already understood everything. Pacquiao is too cool.

In the Philippines, all over the country, during Manny’s fights, people turn off their refrigerators so that televisions can work, and the crime rate goes to near zero for several hours. Everyone is watching boxing.

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Pacquiao in Iron Congressman

Pacquiao in Iron Congressman from 2008 to 2011, Manny skated through four weight categories. Marquez and David Diaz at junior lightweight title. Remaining on the stool between rounds, Oscar De La Hoya. Ricky Hatton is light welterweight. Welterweight was Miguel Cotto torn to shreds, Antonio Margarito almost without an eye, another victory over Marquez and Shane Mosley.

The result was obvious boxing superstar status, millions of dollars in bank accounts, and winning congressional elections. And if Manny got into the House of Representatives only the second time, bribing voters with rice and fried chicken (well, everyone does that), then in the battle for a seat in the Philippines Congress, he simply destroyed the main competitor with a two-fold majority of votes. Really the Iron Congressman and the Fist of the Nation.

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Pacquiao, 27 – Trilogy with Morales

Eric Morales defeated Pacquiao in the first sports fight. He outboxed, controlled the rhythm, cut, hit the body to slow down, and in the 12th round he became so insolent that he got left-handed and went into exchange. And Manny nearly finished him off, but ended up losing by unanimous decision.

Coach Freddie Roach promised that Pacquiao would destroy Morales with a “beckoning ice” blow, then he began to invent something else … The Filipino really at that time was building up not only power, but also gaining more punches and movements in his arsenal.

His potential became noticeable after the rematch with Morales. After giving up the first half of the battle, Manny turned on with dagger strikes, counter, towards, the most brutal attacks in the torso of Morales, a series in the head. In the 10th round, the Mexican was on the floor.

Fifth fight? Juan Manuel Márquez knew that his triumphant fourth fight would go down in history. The fifth can spoil the experience. And of course Manny can win again. Before Pacquiao faced Floyd Mayweather, Marquez had already retired.

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Rounds That Pacquiao Won

It is still interesting for some to argue how many rounds that Pacquiao won in a fight, two or five, but this is no longer important. The best boxer in the world at that time proved that he was the best, and he did it in much the same way as he always did. But the sediment remained, and for about a couple of years everyone remembered the “Fight of the Century” with visible irritation.

Many also disliked Manny’s statements about gays and the fact that, together with Philippine President Duterte, he defended the death penalty with words like “in the Bible, God allows rulers to resort to the death penalty, even Jesus Christ was executed.” Some of the sponsors even broke contracts with him. Not because of Jesus, because of the gay people.

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Pacquiao, 33, knocked out by Marquez

This was the fourth sports fight and it was probably the most ferocious since their first meeting in 2004. Juan Manuel Márquez couldn’t win, but in the end he caught up with Manny, struck his right hand standing at the ropes, but was it a coincidence, luck, Marquez’s new medications, or the mistake of a self-confident Filipino? I would venture to suggest that all this is together.

Before Floyd Mayweather, Manny looked worst against two rivals – Bradley and Marquez. Both tried to work against Pacquiao with the second number; and at first they let him lean on the target, start hitting combinations; and only then counterattacked, and then lured him again, pulled Manny towards himself. Yes, it took Márquez 37 rounds to send his opponent to the floor, but in the end he did it.

Pacquiao began to repeat himself, and on this he was caught by Marquez; who, in four fights, learned to predict in about half the cases what Pacquiao would do. Three knockdowns for two, the broken face of Marquez, but now in a moment; and Manny is lying on the floor of the ring, and he can already be chalked, he does not move. Someone from the photographers wants to take a bigger picture, and Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s corner, starts a fight with him …

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Pacquiao at 40

Pacquiao at 40 beats young champions. The fight with Keith Thurman in 2019 was cool, where Manny showed outstanding “physics” and calculation, knocked down the opponent, hit the body and passed, turned the tide. At the same time, Thurman was really good. Only since then he did not enter the ring, apparently, the love of drugs, wind instruments and laziness won out. He was then 30 years old. Now – 32, and, perhaps, the fight with Pacquiao broke him. Damn millennials, not used to losing and don’t know real injuries.

And before that Manny had a defeat from Jeff Horn in Australia, from a school teacher with an unpleasant habit of adding wrestling, dirty boxing and more to his arsenal. Many believed that Manny won anyway, but the judges did not even have a disagreement, they gave the victory to Horn unanimously.

Then Manny beat in boxing sports the decommissioned Lucas Matisse after heavy battles in Kuala Lumpur, having previously disconnected the promoter Bob Arum from all operations. Manny claimed that he himself found funding for his fight, and was not going to share with the promoter. He was the promoter himself, and spent the next three fights together with Al Haymon’s company.

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Pacquiao at 36 – loses to Mayweather

In 2015, he hosted Fight of the Century. Against Floyd Mayweather. They said that the fight was five years late, but the viewers at the screens, and especially those who flew to Vegas, did not care. A real traffic jam of business jets has formed at the airport. This phrase “Fight of the Century” is used solely to justify all the money that was at stake, and this thing really works.

$ 300 million for two, Mayweather’s tactical fight, Pacquiao’s rather toothless action, then rumors of a shoulder injury allegedly received before the fight. Nobody wanted to confirm this, because it would mean that someone could manipulate the rates, including the participants in the battle themselves. And talking about the top fight not being real hurts the industry.

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