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  • 01-22-2010, 10:37 AM
    You got to give him credit he's not trying to be somebody else, and he is very uniqe
  • 01-21-2010, 04:55 PM
    Easily one of my all time favorite fighters. Great old school ambassador of the sport. If there was an MMA Hall of Fame (not just UFC), you would have to put him in it.
  • 01-21-2010, 06:30 AM

    Noob jack material..Shonie Carter Interview Good Read

    The title of the thread is a jab to one of my buddies that reads the article no way do i think Mr Carter is Noob jack material

    Next up? Why, my interview with Shonie Carteróyes, ďtheĒ Shonie Carter .

    My interview with Shonie was nothing short of amazing. Whoever said fighters don't have brains has never met this fighter. Heís smart, funny, kind, and tough. As an MMA fighter, Carter has an impressive total of 74 fights (yes, 74) with 47 wins.

    According to his bio, Carter is a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) welterweight champion , a UFC veteran, and a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 4 reality show. Who could forget Shonie on that show? He is known for his flashy dress, colorful language, outlandish personality, and use of the "spinning" backfist in competition.

    Did you also know he served in the Marine Corps before becoming a fighter? Or that he was an All-American wrestler, and participated in the Olympic trials?

    Knoxville folks will be interested to know that he began his karate training (judo and traditional Japanese jujitsu) at Carson-Newman College.

    After just one semester of studying judo, Carter enrolled in the Tennessee state championship in the white-green, brown, and black belt divisions. He ended up winning state titles in the white-green and brown divisions, and placed second in the black belt division.

    His instructor was so impressed by his performance, he awarded Carter his brown belt after the event. Carter later added boxing, Shidōkan karate, and kickboxing to his arsenal.

    Quite impressive. And the man is only 37 years old. Please enjoy a video from Shonie here. Watch it and learn how to do the spinning back fist a la Shonie Carter (with a little bit of a Matt Serra dig)!

    B/R: What do you think is the hardest thing for MMA fighters who want to go pro?

    Shonie: Make sure you have a back-up plan. Itís a hard biz to get into and be financially sound. And be sure to pay a bill or two or three. I like to watch my continuous residual income (royalty income that accrues for the owner of an intellectual property, such as art, books, lyrics, music, patents, etc.)

    Iím an established veteran of a clothing line business, Iím working on a book deal and now a new fashion line. But more about that later!

    B/R: What do you feel needs to change in MMA to make this sport better?

    Shonie: OhĖI think a lot needs to be done.

    Fighters need to realize they donít always have to act tough. Weíre professionals, so we should act accordingly. Put on a blazer and a collar shirt and a tie. Other proís do it, why canít we?

    We also need to have a coast-to-coast national sanctioning body with promoters to unify the rules so we can fight in all the states. That way, wherever you are Ė the rules are the same. Just makes sense, right?

    Also, on the state levels, promoters need sit down and stop having minor rivalries over territoryócome together in solidarity, and realize thereís enough pie for everybody.

    Another thing Ė I donít think a union for fighters or MMA will ever fly, as much as Iíd like to see it, but something needs to be done to provide coverage for the fighter. Like health insurance, so if they get hurt in the ring, theyíre covered.

    If they suffer permanent physical damage, they get some sort of disability insurance; and then retirement benefits for the fighters. Not sure how to put that all together, but it needs to be done.

    Iíd also like to steal something from Japanóthe yellow card rule. Yeah, thatís a great rule.

    So just like in Japan, fighters will get the yellow card by officials if they stall, fail to initiate an offensive attack, donít try to finalize the match or damage the other fighter, or hold up their opponent's body with the arms and legs to keep any action from happening, they get a yellow card.

    A yellow card means they get a 10-percent deduction/fine of the fighter's fight purse, and that 10-percent will be given to a charity of the fighterís choice. Like they have to announce their charity at the beginning of the event. Thatíll prevent all that foolishness and chicanery.

    Next, we need to start introducing open format scoring so that there are no surprises at the end of a match, and no guess work at the end of a round. You know what the score is. This would benefit the fighter so they know ďhey, I need to get on itĒ when they see that score.

    Some of these scores lately just are surprising. The criteria for kicking should weigh just as heavy as a body shot. Like, who knew kicks didnít hurt or count?

    With all due respect, because I like some of these guys, but seriously...kicks donít hurt? These judges must have never been kicked in their lives!

    Come on over here and Iíll show you kicks hurt (as he laughs!)

    Even for my last couple of fights toÖIím still scratching my head on how I lost both of those back to back. I scored all the takedowns, and yet I still lost all three rounds!

    If I had known all that work I was putting in to those takedowns and fighting wasnít being effective, I wouldíve come up with another game plan and switched up my strategy.

    B/R: Youíre referring to your last two fights against Carlos Newton on Oct. 10 and Anthony Macias on Nov. 7, 2009 at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, right?

    Shonie: Yeah. The Ohio commissioner wouldnít return my callsóthatís just wrong! I think if a state AC has power over an event and the fighters, then they should be required to answer any questions a fighter has at the end of the event.

    Like, show me the score card, and have the judges explain their rationalóbecause as far as Iím concerned, the way that last fight went especially, it should be turned into a NC (No Contest).

    Another thing we need to do to make this sport of ours betteróletís get rid of boxing judges in certain states. It just does not make sense to have boxing judges and referees officiating at an MMA event.

    I mean, as soon as the fighters hit the mat, the refs are telling them to stand up. Thatís not MMA, itís boxing. We need refs and judges who are properly trained in MMA fighting and techniques.

    B/R: Do you recommend MMA fighters train just before a fight, or all the time?

    Shonie: All the way all the time. Who doesnít train all the time?

    B/R: Well, Iíve heard B.J. Penn, for example, takes off in between fights.

    Shonie: Oh, you kidding me? No way. I take a break, but usually Iím still doing something. Golden rule is do something every day. Even if itís grappling or whateveródo something. Hit a bag and run a mile or two. Thatís my policy. Just move.

    B/R: Do you feel MMA will ever go mainstream?

    Shonie: I mean, I wonít say no entirely. I have a four and eight-year-old son, and Iíd like to see return of the Carter Method Versions 2.0 and 3.0!

    I remember fighting in a square cage back in the day, and it was like trying to get a sponsoróthey were like, ďWhat? You want me to advertise what? And where? Youíre kidding, right? No way Iím getting involved in that!Ē (laughs againÖ)

    I love this sport, but Iím hoping it hasnít passed me by. I mean, these new fighters make their money prior to their time. I can still train at 37-years-old and be alright. I look at what Iíve accomplished in life, and I feel donít know the true lineage of what Iíve accomplished yet.

    These young fighters are braggadocios, you know that word? Hah. So like this one kidóheís 2-1 as an ammy. Hereís Shonie driving a big Chevy around and wearing the nice suits, but for all he knows I got them off of Craigslist, or they were given to me. And this kid wants to start his own clothing line. Already!

    They need to learn to pay their dues first.

    So weíre close enough. Itís still full of controversy. I mean, GSP (George St. Pierre) getting an endorsement deal from Gatorade in Canada will probably help our sport go more mainstream and all.

    B/R: I hear youíre going to be at the MMA Expo in Philadelphia this weekend. Will you be going in an official capacity, as a Celebrity to meet and greet, or as a fan?

    Shonie: All of the above! Iím at the gate nowówalking in!

    B/R: Did you get a chance to watch Aoki vs. Hirota at Dynamite! 2009 and see that wicked arm break? Whatís your take on the arm break, on Hirota not tapping, and on Aokiís lack of sportsmanship?

    Shonie: Ahh man, I heard about that. I havenít seen it yet, but that sounded vicious!

    B/R: What do you do when youíre not training? What does 2010 have in store for you next?

    Shonie: Iím working on that book deal, and on getting my new fashion line setup. Iím talking about doing a different perspective than just a fighter, so none of that skull and cross bones stuff. Everything looks the same out there, but I look at it from a different perspective, you know? So youíll see a lot of style in my fashion.

    Also, I will get this book published this year too. Look, I donít just sit around!

    B/R: So unlike some fighters, you arenít waiting around for just the next fight, youíre getting into the business side of MMA as well?

    Shonie: For sure. Iím doing seminarsóprivate MMA training where I take what I know and teach it to up-and-coming fighters out there. Iím cornering fightersóI can tape hands, hold focus mitts, and do just about anything like that.

    You know Iím a certified national trainer, right? I can talk to you about anabolic threshold hydration. Fat to muscle ratio, and all like that. So I donít sit still.

    B/R: So where can potential clients go to see about getting information on working with Shonie Carter?

    Shonie: I donít advertise what I can do yet. Iím in the process of building a proper website where you can order online my personal fashion designs and see about my services and all. Just trying to figure out with the guys if we should do flash or not!

    B/R: Of course, now that youíve brought up flashóI just have to ask ďtheĒ question!

    Shonie: Go ahead, go ahead!

    B/R: Okay, are you going to offer the Shonie Shorts as part of your fashion line?

    Shonie: Hahaóeven my friends ask why Iím wearing them. Those Speedos. Come on now! Seriously, 7-10 women approve of them. Iíve not yet had one complaint from a woman about my shorts! They like Ďem and thatís what Iím known for!

    You know I wear a kilt sometimes and they crack jokes, but I tell them Iím not wearing them for yíall anyway.

    What can I sayólots of humor, intelligence, and wit from a fighter, a business man, a trainer, and Mr. International: Shonie Carter.

    Q & A With Mr. Shonie ‚ÄúInternational‚ÄĚ Carter | Bleacher Report

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