09-17-2010, 08:41 AM
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Damn - Meet "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast: The next Armenian badass, Sevak Magakian | MMAjunkie.com
Meet "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast: Fisherman, choke inventor Cody McKenzie | MMAjunkie.com
"I told the guys, 'Everybody be professional," Magakian told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com). "'Don't do something stupid.' I scared them off. I said, 'Don't you [expletive] with me, or I'm going to [expletive] you guys up. If you do something crazy, I will cut your [expletive] throat right there.'" |
Those first few minutes of social interaction are a fairly good indication of what you can expect from Magakian on this season of "The Ultimate Fighter 12." He's been training since childhood for this opportunity, and he plans on making the most of it.
"I started doing judo and sambo when I was 5 years old," Magakian said. "I continued in sambo, and I became a black belt when I was 11 or 12 years old. I did pretty good there. I won a lot of championships, and I beat a lot of good guys.
"I moved down to the U.S. when I was 14 or 15, and I started training with the Hayastan team with Gokor Chivichyan and Manny, Roman and Karo."
"I have an older brother who's a lot bigger than me, and I've always fought with him, and his friends always beat me up," McKenzie admitted. "I was in plenty of fights, and growing up in a small fishing community in Alaska, there's not much to do in a place like that other than drink and fight, so I saw a lot of that growing up. |
"It would be a big old circle of kids, and they would throw two pairs of 16-ounce gloves in the middle, and two people would walk in the middle, glove up, and bang-bang-bang-bang."
"I met [Beerbohm] a week out of prison," McKenzie said. "We hit it off, and we've been good friends since then.
"He came into one of the gyms I was at where I was kind of coaching. He said, 'I want to fight! I want to fight!' He was all gung ho to glove up. I was like, 'Alright.' We gloved up, and I beat him up. A few people beat him up, actually, but now he's the top dog."