BJPenn.com’s FIST-ta-CUFF Radio Show 191: Alptekin “Alp” Ozkilic, Dave Jansen, Mackenzie Dern, & Kron Gracie
This week Anton Skoro and Denny Hodge are back in the shop with a loaded guest list and even more MMA coverage, We will talk with a man who is set to take on Antonio Banuelos, another who is ready to become the next Bellator Champ, and then we turn our focus to Metamoris and will speak with the one half of the first women’s match in Metamoris history and then the main event.
Our first guest is set to get into the cage at LFC 20 against Antonio Banuelos. Alp “The Turkish Delight” Ozkilik is back on the show and riding a two fight win streak as he steps back in the LFC cage. It’s been a while since we spoke to Alp and we are looking forward to speaking with him about being able to take on a fighter like Antonio, how the fight came to take place, and of course what he wants next after this fight. Alp is looking to keep Antonio out of the winners circle for the 4th time in 4 fights. Alp could be on the verge of a break into the UFC and of course we will ask him how far off he thinks he is from that as he is 7-1 heading into this fight. Follow Alp on twitter @alpozkilicmma
Our next guest is riding a 6 fight win streak into his title fight against Michael Chandler and is looking to take the belt home with him come June 19. Dave Jansen was Bellator Season 7 Lightweight Tournament Winner and his resume looks very solid. Jansen has only lost two fights in his career and they were back to back losses back in the WEC. We will talk to Dave about his time in the tournament, winning the Season 7 tournament and how much confidence it has given him headed into this fight, his thoughts on how he matches up with the champ, and plenty more. Dave is a veteran in the sport making his pro debut all the way back in 2007, so we are looking forward to picking his brain on the sport and watching him get his well deserved title shot on June 19. Follow Dave on twitter @DaveJansen155
Our next guest will be making history at Metamoris 2 as she will be one half of the first womens match in the BJJ Pro Invitational history. Mackenzie Dern is set to take on Michelle Nicolini in a bout that is being billed as Old School vs. New School. This is Mackenzie’s first year as a Black Belt and we will of course talk to her about the difference in competition and how she feels she matches up with Michelle. Mackenzie comes from a very strong BJJ based family, well what I mean is she is the daughter of Wellington “Megaton” Dias. We will talk with her about growing up around her father in the gym, how he has helped her game, and what he thinks of her competing at Metamoris 2. There is so much we can talk to Mackenzie about from the fact that her and her boyfriend are two of the only black belt couples in the world, to where she goes after Metamoris 2. Get over to twitter and follow Mackenzie at @MackenzieDern
The last two weeks we have had two Gracies on to discuss Metamoris 2, but the shows coverage wouldn’t be complete without having the Main Event of the event on. Kron Gracie is on the show and also set to take on Shinya Aoki. Kron began learning the art of BJJ from his father Rickson Gracie at a very young age, he is the youngest of four children and when not competing he teaches at his fathers school in California. Kron has been winning tournaments since 2005 as a purple belt and earned his Black Belt at the age of 19. We will talk to Kron about growing up inside the Gracie Clan, his time on the mat as a competitor and as a teacher, as well as his match up at Metamoris 2 against Aoki. This match promises to be one for the ages and we don’t expect anything less from this interview. Follow Kron on twitter @KronGracie
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