Not Heard On TV
Ahhh what would it be like to be a fly on the cage and to be able to hear what’s going on in there? Nick and Nate Diaz are becoming famous for trash talking throughout their fights as a type of ‘psychological warfare’ against their opponents. Though there’s generally not a lot of talking going on during a fight, surely there are things the average fan doesn’t hear. What is said in the heat of battle, between fighters and their corner men and after the stomping is all over?
“When Josh Koscheck tried to take me down and ended up on his back instead at UFC 74, he looked up at me about one minute before the fight ended and said, ‘Congratulations, Georges!’” – Georges St-Pierre, UFC Welterweight Champion
“Pat Miletich and I were cornering Jason Black at UFC 77 and Pat was all fired up, yelling directions at Jason between rounds. As the bell rang for the second round to start, Pat screams, ‘OK, now what are you going to do?!!!!’ and Jason says, ‘I’m going to ask him to square dance!’ and off he went!” – UFC Welterweight fighter Rory Markham
“After I knocked Olaf Alfonso down and hit him three more times at WEC 19, he stopped moving. I walked to my corner and said, ‘I think I just killed him.’ I walked over where he was lying out with officials over him and I said, ‘Come on, man—breathe bro, breathe.’ After about 30 minutes, they carried him out of the cage on the stretcher and later said he was going to be ok. And they say anyone can do this for a living!” – ‘Razor’ Rob Mc- Cullough, WEC Lightweight fighter
“In an amateur fight at an event at Earthlink Live in Atlanta, the mother of my opponent (Philip Peterson) kept screaming, ‘kick him in the balls!’ throughout the entire fight!” – Brian Bowles, WEC Bantamweight Champion
“The nicest thing I ever heard in the cage was when Nick Diaz reached down to help me up after kicking my ass [at Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz] and said, ‘You gotta get up; you’re a legend.’” –Frank Shamrock, Strikeforce middleweight fighter
“One time while I was cornering UFC vet David Heath he was in a real war—a real tough fight. Between rounds he asked, ‘do you have a piece of gum?’ I was totally thrown off by that!” – Mike Ciesnolevicz, Light Heavyweight fighter
“It was the second round of my UFC 94 fight against Nate Diaz. He was sort of on my back near the cage and he kept yelling, ‘209 Bitch! 209 Bitch!’ and I looked up and there was like 3:12 left on the clock. Later on I said to my coach, ‘Dude, this guy can’t even tell time! He kept yelling, ‘209 Bitch!’ Then he told me that 209 is Stockton, California’s area code—not the time left on the clock! I had to laugh.” – Clay Guida, UFC Lightweight fighter
“When I was fighting Randy Couture at UFC 68, I looked up at the big screen when Randy had my back so I could see his face to hit him and he was trying to choke me out. I said, ‘Are you having fun yet?’ Then he just laughed and hit me some more.” – Tim Sylvia, former UFC Heavyweight Champion
“I was mad because Andre Pederneiras kept kicking me in the knee instead of the thigh at UFC 21. He threw a low kick and I countered with a really hard straight right that opened a huge cut over his eye. After I saw the cut, I said, ‘throw that kick again mother f*@#er!!’ The fight was stopped due to the cut not long after that.” – Pat Miletich, trainer and former UFC champion
“I once wore my wife’s (Nicdali Calanoc) gloves for a fight and as I was rear-naked choking my opponent. I whispered in his ear, ‘these are my wife’s gloves I’m choking you with.’ I guess I spoke too soon because it freaked the guy out and he got out of the choke.” – Travis Calanoc, Featherweight fighter for Strikeforce and Freestyle Cage Fighting
“I was ground-and-pounding the crap out of a guy and he offered his arm up for a submission and said in a weeping voice, ‘just tap me!’ I continued to ground-and-pound until the ref stopped it.” – Gilbert Melendez, Strikeforce lightweight fighter.
“Between the second and third rounds at UFC 98 when I was fighting Sean Sherk, my boxing coach Mark Henry said to me, ‘There’s five smeasly minutes left—you can do this!’ Afterward we had a good time busting him [asking] like, ‘Smeasly? What is smeasly?!!” – Frank Edgar, UFC Lightweight fighter