03-29-2008, 04:30 PM
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| | Peter Aerts talk about fight with Manhoef, MMA, and more
Editor Michael Mazur caught up with Peter Aerts right after the seminar Fedor held in Amstelveen, the Netherlands. Three time K-1 World Grand Prix and Muay Thai World Champion shared his thoughts about his future plans, injury healing process, possibility of another fight under MMA rules, Melvin Manhoef and beer |
Michael Mazur: Mister Aerts how are you doing?
Peter Aerts: Iím doing fine, thanks for asking.
Michael: Why do you think striking sport is so popular here in the Netherlands?
Peter Aerts: Striking? Because itís been here already for quite a long time. While MMA is relatively new here, pretty much every weekend we have a regular K-1-like Gala here. So we are used to it. But in few years MMA will be popular as well I believe.
Michael: But does stand-up fighting grow here? Does it have any more prospects?
Peter Aerts: Well, itís on the same level. We fought in K-1 a long time ago.
Michael: How popular are you in the Netherlands? Do people recognize you asking for an autograph or a photo with you?
Peter Aerts: Iím getting much more popular now as television (SBS) broadcasts K-1 shows. K-1 itself is getting more popular here.
Michael: Do you watch MMA on regular basis? Any special promotions?
Peter Aerts: Noo, not too much. Before there was Pride and I liked watching it. You know Iíve been many times in Japan. But you donít see too much MMA on TV in the Netherlands. Itís a shame I think.
Michael: Do you believe it will change in the future?
Peter Aerts: I think it will. Right now the media is too rough. For them itís too brutal because they donít know. For them itís like real fighting with no rules.
Michael: Do you have a favorite movie?
Peter Aerts: I like Al Pacino, Robert de NiroÖ
Michael: Mafia action?
Peter Aerts: Yeah, GodfatherÖI donít have much time for it though.
Michael: Do you plan to star in a movie? Have you got any offers?
Peter Aerts: I got 2 offers but I didnít accept it. Iím too busy fighting now.
Michael: So maybe few years laterÖ.
Peter Aerts: Yeah, if itís a good offer, for me fighting is the most important. So it has to be a good financial offer or something significant to get my attention.
Michael: Youíve been to Saint Petersburg on April, 14 last yearÖWhat memories have you carris out of there?
Peter Aerts: Yeah, that was nice. Sitting close to Putin, you know. Itís a big thing. Heís one of the biggest guys in the world. I liked the environment there. And then the party on the boat of Vadim (Finkelstein). I definitely enjoyed being there.
Michael: OK. What are your plans for this year? What do you intend to reach in K-1?
Peter Aerts: First of all I need to get rid of the knee injury.
Michael: And how is it going?
Peter Aerts: Well, I had an operation on the knee last December so now Iím recovering. In April I have my first fight since the injury. Weíll see how itíll go. I plan to fight 2-3 years more in K-1, thatís for sure.
Michael: But do you train full out now?
Peter Aerts: Boxing is no problem at all at the moment. But kicking I train only with reliable sparring partners who know what they do.
Michael: You try to watch that kneeÖ
Peter Aerts: Exactly. Normally itís not a problem but now I have to avoid any kind of complication.
Michael: Do you have your own academy here?
Peter Aerts: I train with my own team (Team Aerts) in Beverwijk. I intend to open my own school sometime in the future though.
Michael: Do you have feud with anyone in the sport?
Peter Aerts: No. For me itís sport. Inside the ring heís my enemy. But outside I have no enemies. For me itís a job, doing business.
Michael: There was a rumor of you fighting in an up-start Japanese organization under MMA ruesÖ
Peter Aerts: Not that I know. Actually the more important for me is K-1 and then MMA.
Michael: But you wouldnít refuse to come back to MMA since you have already had 2 fightsÖ
Peter Aerts: Yeah, I made a mistake back then fighting against a Judo guy and I jumped on him. Not too much experience in that field.
Michael: You got caught in submissionÖ
Peter Aerts: Yes. But when I keep the fight standing itís no problem at all. They canít touch me. Itís another experience. Now I know the fight doesnít have to go to the ground.
Michael: Your next fight is against Melvin Manhoef. How do you feel coming into this one? How will the fight go?
Peter Aerts: Heís small guy, much smaller than me but still heís very explosive. I believe under my rules Iím better than him. But you never know..Heís a strong puncher. You have to watch him. But I think I can beat him.
Michael: Is there any animosity between you and him?
Peter Aerts: No, I like this guy. Heís a nice guy. I have nothing against him.
Michael: So maybe afterwards you go drink beer together?
Peter Aerts: (laughs) Yeah, no problem. But I donít think he drinks. I do though.
Michael: Bedankt voor uw interview. Good luck in your next fight!
Peter Aerts: Alsjeblieft! Youíre welcome.
Source - M-1 Mixfight Exclusive Interview with Peter Aerts
I know, I am just banging em out today.
I wonder if Aerts watches the UFC at all, since he says he rarely watches MMA.
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