Exclusive | Yves Edwards Talks Rory McDonald, Che Mills, Michael McDonald, Miguel Torres & Mark Hominick
By Lynn Mitchell:
Scrap Radio Guest Yves Edwards is no stranger to MMA with a total of 60 fights, 41 wins, 15 By knockout, 17 By submission, 9 By decision, 18 Losses, 4 By knockout, 4 By submission, 10 By decision, 1 Draws, 0 No contests. He even had his hands in Professional Boxing with 2 Total fights – 2 Wins, 2 By knockout , 0 Losses.
Besides the UFC 145 main event Edwards was really excited about the Rory McDonalds vs Che Mills fight.
“Che Mills is a stud but the problem with English guys is they just don’t have the access to wrestling as we do here and in Canada. Rory just was able to control the fight once they got on the mat. Che’s stand up -I’ve seen him do some really really devastating things and he looked good in the stand up and Rory McDonald is no slouch on his feet either you know but Che was looking good in that department and Rory decided to change the game and once that happened it was pretty much a one sided affair.
“Rory McDonald has all the tools to be champion. I think I recognize the one loss to Carlos Condit and that I think that fight will be different now and a year from now that fight will be different. If that kid keeps improving like he does you know he’s like the GSP/Jone Jones of the Welterweight Division. The kid is amazing. He has all the talent in the world he has the mental edge – a great mental edge. He has great people around him – a great group of guys to train with up there at Tristar. A kid like that sky is not the limit the universe is the limit.”
Thoughts on Michael McDonald and his performance during UFC 145 fighting a former Champ
“He looked really good but honestly going into the fight I thought that experience would be too much for him. I like to tweet my picks during the fights or right when the fight starts literally I just tweeted my pick of Miguel Torres winning that fight and upper cut! upper cut! And it was over you know. That kid is tough. I didn’t count him out but I just thought the experience would just be a little too much but I was wrong and although I consider Miguel a friend and I do like watching him fight – I didn’t mind being wrong in that fight. That kid looks good he has a future man a fight with him and Dominick Cruz down the road will be very interesting.”
“Where does Miguel Torres go from here?”
“It’s always hard you’re always trying to check someone’s ability. I think Miguel has the talent. The things he’s done in the past and the things he’s capable of doing to stay on this level. Sometimes one punch changes his fight and it doesn’t necessarily change your outlook in fighting, doesn’t change your career it doesn’t change the fact that you’re still wanna improve. I think the biggest thing is…. Is he still getting better in the gym? Is he still gonna be able to translate that into fighting? That all depends on what he’s doing on his downtime and as long as he keeps on improving and has that determination in him to come back. A guy like Miguel he has the potential but does he have the desire in his brain is he gonna be able to focus on things and apply those thing when it come down to fighting again?”
Thoughts on Mark Hominick going up against a tough Hawaiian one of the toughest guys I’ve seen in a long time Eddie Yagin
“That fight was hard. Hominick had two tough losses and Hominick is till the same kid I think man. He still comes forward all the time. It’s really tough to beat him. I think him being dropped in both rounds played the biggest part in the decisions cause he still fight the same way. It’s a little different when the level of guys change quite a bit and he’s not gonna break everybody the same way like he did in the past where he’s constantly pressing forward, constantly moving forward whether you hit him or not. I guess guys are packing bigger punches now because he’s been dropped a few times but he still gets up and comes forward and is always in good shape. I don’t think his mindset should change from that fight. I hope he does well in all his future fights. I still think he has the potential.”