I'm back with another installment of the MMA Tete-A-Tete: Coarsening the Discourse. Today my guest is Brian J. D'Souza author of Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts. The book looks inside the careers of UFC champions Georges St. Pierre, B.J. Penn, Anderson Silva, Mauricio "Shogun: Rua and MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko.
I reviewed the book a few weeks back if you want to know more.
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Topics covered include:
* The manager skanometer -- I get Brian to rate the various managers of GSP, Anderson and Fedor on a confusing -5 to +5 scale based on how much of a net negative they were for the fighter's career.
* The odysseys of the various fighters, especially GSP, BJ and Fedor as they navigated the shark-filled waters of the MMA world from the small circuits to the big time of Pride, K-1 and the UFC
* The Joe Louis bet -- The % chances of each of the 5 fighters discussed in the book meeting the sad fate of the legendary bankrupt boxing champ -- reduced to handing out bathroom mints for tips in a Vegas casino -- is given by Brian.
* Fedor's long-strange trip from Stary Oskul to Japan to the States and back to Stary Oskul