January 2011 in review: Dana White & Scott Coker get grilled by The Fight Nerd

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January was so crazy I completely forgot about my month in review feature, and I was surprised that there was this much craziness in the first month of the new year!

The top interview from January, without a doubt, went to my interview with Dana White. It was my first time meeting the man, and even just seeing him in person, so I nervously pounced on him at the UFC’s press conference in New York to announce their plans to push MMA in NY ( although it turns out that it was a waste of lobby money, thanks Cuomo). I was a little wobbly at the start of the interview, but I gathered my courage and popped the biggest question of my career – can I get credentialed to see UFC 128? Dana agreed and has made my dreams come true! The interview was big for me but I got a lot of great quotes and information from UFC owner Lorenzo Fertitta, who talked about their plans to bring “The Ultimate Figher” show overseas, expansion of the company, and why he almost quit MMA.

Not to be outdone, I spoke with Strikeforce President Scott Coker in a very lengthy two-part interview, where we spoke about the upcoming heavyweight tournament, Batista in MMA, his thoughts on Brock Lesnar, and got a scoop on a new TV deal in the works. Meanwhile, I went from presidents to prison cells, as I got a big exclusive with the fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver, now known as “War Machine”, who is serving a year in jail for a fight he was in. It was pretty surprising to hear some of his answers his outlook on life, and definitely not what I expected from the man.

Some newsworthy posts last month included former UFC lightweight champ Jens Pulver getting his first win in, like, forever at XFO 38, “Youtube sensation” Kimbo Slice throwing his beard into the world of Japanese pro wrestling, the origin of Michael Schiavello’s trademark war-cry, “Goodnight, Irene!“, and the announcement that Brock Lesnar was working on his first autobiography. So, that was January! What does February hold? How about the Rally to help push MMA in NY on February 8 and Strikeforce’s first round of their heavyweight tournament in New Jersey, which you can expect a ton of coverage from next week and following the show! Plus, Toy Fair 2011, so you can see the newest UFC toys from Jakks Pacific. 2011 has started with a bang, and I don’t see it fizzling out anytime soon!

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