On this past week's episode of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter Live, we learned one of the unexpected benefits of the new live format - the announcement of next week's fight. It's a great way to give fans a week to think about the upcoming event and to build interest in the fight. This Friday, we'll get our 2nd tournament bout as Dominick Cruz's number one pick Justin Lawrence takes on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master Cristiano Marcello. It's a big fight for this early in the competition, and some of the hype has already begun.
Marcello has just released a nice video interview through his CM System. A 3rd degree black belt under Royler Gracie and a long time trainer at Brazil's famed Chute Boxe Academy, Marcello has been around the biggest names in the sport for quite some time. This video has some interesting thoughts from him on the Gracies, Wanderlei Silva, and more. Here are a few highlights.
On the Gracie family:
Gracie family for me, you know, is my beginning. If you don't have a past, you don't have a present, you don't have a future. So Gracie family is part of my past and still in my blood.
On Wanderlei Silva:
For me, there exists MMA before Wanderlei, and after Wanderlei. He changed everything, so always for me, he is going to be the best guy in MMA... Wanderlei is Wanderlei. He can speak for himself.
Marcello also talks about working with Kazushi Sakuraba, the CM System, and his 2005 brawl with Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett backstage at a PRIDE show. The entire interview is definitely worth a watch as you get excited for Marcello vs. Lawrence on TUF Live this Friday night.
Watch the interview in the complete article.