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n Interview with Din Thomas (Part 2 of 2) |
Written by Sean Canavan
In the second part of this incredibly candid interview Din gives us his take on Edgar/Fisher, Huerta/Guida and the failure of Pride fighters. He talks about steroids in MMA and his opinion of Hermes Franca's excuse for a positive drug test.
Lastly Din explains why he feels BJ doesn't deserve a title shot and how giving him one would be a "slap in the face" to the 155 lb division.
Sean: Would you be willing to pick fights with your opponents, ala Tito Ortiz, to try to bring attention to your fights?
Din: They try to get you to do that. Its kind of a good marketing thing to do for yourself, to make fun of and pick on these guys so you can bring some attention to the fight. I try not to waste too much time with that stuff. I have too much other stuff going on in my life to be on an internet board calling people names.
When you do the interviews, the interviewer always tries to get you to talk trash about your opponent but for me I donít really need to do that. Theyíre good at it though, theyíll get you to talk some trash but I try not to get into it because I donít think its that important to the sport to be talking trash, not for everybody anyway.
Sean: Are there guys coming out of your academies that maybe we havenít heard of but we should be looking out for?
Din: I think the one guy who has gotten a little bit of recognition but hasnít really gotten that much is JZ Cavalcante. He hasnít fought much in the United States, heís much bigger in Japan. Heís a guy that can come into the UFC and really just clean house.
I think heís one guy, I think Jorge Masvidal is another guy who hasnít really gotten his props yet because he came from a different team. Sometimes your team and your management can help you and I think by coming to American Top Team it will get some more light on him and his accomplishments. I think if he keeps winning fights, which I think he will, then he is another guy to look out for. Its just going to take a little bit of time for those guys to get the recognition they deserve.
Sean: A lot of people think BJ Penn is going to come in and dominate the LW division. Whatís your opinion of where BJ stands among the lws?
Din: Thereís no doubt BJ is probably the most talented guy, if not in any division, but people also put him on a pedestal because of what heís done a long time ago. But recently, I actually donít think its fair for him to get an immediate title shot at 155 lbs right now.
He beat me, heís had a great career, but he lost his last two fights in the UFC besides Jens Pulver. They were at 170. What does that say if you can go from 170, and lose to the two top guys and just come down and automatically get a title shot? Thatís going to happen with BJ if he gets the title shot, it happened with Sean Sherk. It kind of slaps everybody at 155 lbs in the face. I think BJ is a tremendous athlete, heís one of the best but I just donít know if he is actually deserving of a title shot just by beating Jens Pulver.
He should get at least another fight at 155 lbs before that. I donít think heíll steamroll everyone at 155 lbs. I think BJ is more talented than anybody but there are a lot of guys who will give him trouble and he wonít be able to just run through everybody. Nobody is that good.
Sean: Coming off a knee injury, whatís your perspective on steroids? Do you think there is a difference between using them to get over an injury, like Hermes Franca, and just using them to get stronger?
Din: No. Iíll tell you the truth. Its rare you will find a guy who says ďI just got an injury I have to use steroids to get healthy.Ē I think thatís a lie, if you are going to take steroids for that you were probably doing them before. I donít think anyone just picks them up and does them just for that.
Maybe thatís just his case but I donít buy it. Everybodyís injured, everybodyís got something affecting them and I donít buy it that you just use steroids because you are injured. Now with them cracking down, I think its going to hurt a lot of people. I donít think steroids makes you a better fighter, I think it makes you a more confident fighter. I think they use it as a crutch and when you take away that crutch they are going to be hurting. Anyone can tell you that the mentality of your fight game is more important than the physical, especially when youíre fighting in the UFC.
Sean: Do you think that could be a difference with the Pride guys coming from an environment with no testing?
Din: I definitely think that plays a factor. I think the Pride guys have always been, I donít want to say overrated, but the fact that they were allowed to do more in their fights with the knees on the ground, and the stomps and kicking guys in the head on the ground, I think that always translates in our minds for them to be a little better because they appear more violent and rough.
I think that plays a factor that now they canít do that. I think they were put on a higher level than the UFC guys because they could be more violent. I think youíre right that the steroids are going to play a factor because they donít have that crutch anymore. They canít take steroids and they are going to think ďIím too small,Ē or they are going to be hesitant, they arenít going to be moving like they normally would on steroids and I donít think itís a physical thing, I think its totally a mental thing. Now that the steroids are gone they donít have the crutch to lean on.
Sean: Who do you like in Edgar/Fisher and Guida/Huerta?
Din: I like Guida in that fight, heís a hard guy to count out and I think heís better than Huerta. I think Huertaís always made his mark by fighting smaller guys. Huertaís a good fighter, I donít want to sound like Iím talking trash about him but I just think heís had a little help going up and making his way through the rankings by fighting picture perfect opponents for him.
I think Clay is not going to be that type of opponent heís had in the past. Huerta wins his fights but at some point in his fights heís kind of on the down side, heís losing. I think if Clay gets him in that position heís going to take a lot of advantage of it. When I fought Clay I got the decision over him but Clay is actually one of my favorite fighters, the way he brings it, so Iím going to pick Clay to win in that fight.
I think Frankie Edgar has what it takes to beat Fisher. I donít think he is going to be intimidated by the experience of Fisher. I think with his wrestling, if he fights a smart fight he can beat him.
Against Fisher its going to be hard for him to keep his focus and fight a smart fight for three rounds because Fisher is a very strong and crafty opponent. I donít really have a pick on that one, thatís a toss-up for me. I think Edgar has the ability to beat him but I think Fisher is probably the favorite.
Sean: Are there sponsors youíd like to thank?
Din: Iíd like to thank Sprawl, MMAWarehouse, DMHA, Warrior Wear, Ecko, all the guys that looked out for me after my last fight. American Top Team for looking out for me for the last few years and making sure Iím ready for my fights.
You can find Din on the web at Dinthomas.com and his academies are at http://www.attpsl.com/
The first part of this interview can be found at strictlymma.com
i like thomas u no, he says altta shit but u cant call him a loud mouth cuz its all true. He duznt bad mouth anybody he just generally sepaks his mind and speaks it with confidecne, and thats y we believe him and dun degrade him down to retards like baroni or rogan. War Thomas