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Two new interviews on CBS Sportsline

I recently had the chance to interview Manny Gamburyan and Phil Baroni and both those interviews are now available at CBS Sportsline.

Baroni will be fighting Frank Shamrock this Friday for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight title on a combined EliteXC/Strikeforce card scheduled to air on PPV.

I didn’t know what to expect from Phil, but he was a very nice guy. He’s been doing a lot of media over the past several weeks but I got him to go in-depth in regard to why he dislikes Frank Shamrock so much.

As you might expect, this interview was pretty explosive.

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Gamburyan will be competing in the lightweight final of the fifth installment of The Ultimate Fighter. His opponent will be Nate Diaz. The two both competed on Jens Pulver’s team and not only were training partners, but became friends through the show. I talked to Gamburyan about fighting for Jens, his friendship with Nate, and how he got involved with the show (his answer might surprise you).

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  • says:

    Great interviews, I’m really looking forward to the Gamburyan / Diaz fight this weekend.

    Baroni is crazy, I mean he’s entertaining but most of the video interviews I’ve seen of him he comes of pretty nutty. I’m surprised you weren’t a little more intimidated though I guess that’s hard to convey from words.

    I hope he pounds Shamrock though, there are very few fighters that I dislike. Some fighters put on a show to hype up a fight and make themselves out to be a ‘bad-guy'(Ortiz) but Shamrock to me has that air about him that he doesn’t seem likeable all-around.
    I really hope Baroni puts a beating on him.

  • says:


    I was definitely intimidated by Phil’s reputation, but once I started talking to him it all went away. He was a cool guy so it wasn’t a big deal. I mean, it seemed like he would answer his question in two different voices. First, he’d give his real answer and then the second part would be his hyped up answer (with all the curses in it).

    He definitely seems like a live wire in some of his interviews. I think with Phil, he’s definitely being himself all the time. However, when it comes time to sell a fight, he’s himself but amplified. When he senses he’s in a situation where he feels people want him to be amplified, he turns it up. I think during our interview he got the sense that I didn’t need him to play a certain role, whether it be hero or villain.

    Shamrock and Baroni definitely know how to sell a fight and they both have done a great job with this one. It’s a shame they can’t get past their issues and respect each other because they’re both making a lot of money together.


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