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Friday, 10/25/2013, 12:31 pm

EXCLUSIVE | ‘Biggie’ Rhodes confident heading into RFA title bout | Fist-A-Cuff Radio


Mike “Biggie” Rhodes (5-1) will face Alan Jouban (7-1) in the main event of Friday’s Resurrection Fighting Alliance 10, airing live on AXS-TV.

Rhodes is out of Duke Roufus’ Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee, Wis and returns to his home state to scrap for the RFA welterweight title.

“Biggie” Rhodes was a guest BJ PENN.COM Fist-A-Cuff radio show and had plenty to say about Jouban, being a part of one of the top gym’s in the nation, and more.

Be sure to check out the full interview – that includes some entertaining talk on hoops – HERE:

On getting to Friday night
“I took that short notice fight with Brandon Thatch back in March. The RFA had promised me another fight. I came back, I took care of business and solved Ben Smith in 56 seconds and the RFA are looking for some of the best, young talent out there..They put Alan against Chris Spang and they had a really good fight and Alan was able to come out on top in that fight. I made a little comment when I said this was the battle of “Zoolander”, two male models fighting each other. He responded to me before he even won the fight like, ‘hey, maybe you can be my next fight?.’ And he took care of business and I was sitting here waiting for RFA fight.”

Poking the bear
“If I got in his head, great, if not, oh well. I’m going to put my fists on his face and he’s not going to have no choice but to respect me once we get in that cage and I’m smiling in his face. I think it’s going to be one of the better fights that will happen under the RFA banner.”

Get some shine
“All of that emotion, if he wants to bring that to the cage, that’s on him. Me, I’m a fighter. I’m coming in there with a killer instinct already. I don’t need anything to motivate me other than the fact that I need to get this win, and I need to get this belt, and to get some shine that way I can get to the UFC. I want it to be a great fight because everyone knows how great of a fighter I am, they know how good he is, so when I dismantle him it’s going to look even better for me and I think the UFC is going to be calling me pretty soon.”

Hanging with a tough crowd
“You are the company you keep and the company I keep are champions and UFC fighters who are at a very high-level gym. If I get a phone call because of Anthony (Pettis) being the title holder or one of my teammates being in the UFC, I’ll gracefully take that call but then I still have to step up and take advantage of that opportunity. You can get somewhere on somebody else’s name-say but if you don’t perform or do anything, it doesn’t mean anything and you make them look bad.”

Made for main event
“I love that. I feed of that. That’s where I’m supposed to be. Some people say, ‘oh, the moment got to me.’ I love that moment. I relished it and I can’t wait to be back in that moment on Oct. 25 … Pressure is part of our sport. If you can’t handle it get out of the sport now because I’m trying to get to the highest level of the sport and there’s nothing but pressure there to perform.”

Borderline cocky?
“Training with the level of guys that I’m training with and living with the Pettis brothers, Anthony and Sergio, before Anthony won the (UFC lightweight) title if you go back and look at all the interviews he did and people were battling him and trying to jump down his throat about how confident he was saying that he was the best ’55-er in the world before he won the title. I’m the same way. We all have this confidence and confidence comes from being prepared and training as hard as we do. So when people question our confidence and say we’re borderline cocky, it’s because we put in the work. If I can’t be confident going into that cage and I’m second-guessing myself or my abilities, I’ve already lost. Training with Ben Askren, I know my wrestling’s good. Training with Daniel Wanderlay, I know my jiu-jitsu is good, Training with Duke, I know I have some of the best striking in the world. There’s no reason not to be confident.”

Fan favorite
“The (hometown) crowd being there just means I get to hang out and enjoy people who really want me to do good after my fight instead of having to party around hostiles and worrying about people mad at the fight outcome. Having people cheer for me is just going to make that roar I hear of the crowd even louder. Being at home I think I’m going to perform better. I think I’m going to be calmer.”

Words from Ed
“The best thing to ever happen to me was talking to Ed Soares after the  (Brandon Thatch) loss. Not even the loss itself that I learned too much other than I fought a better guy that night. Talking to Ed Soares was the high part of that loss. That next morning he kind of broke it down for me on how I need to go forward with fighting and training and where to put my money at and how to go about things the right way so I could be successful in this sport. Ever since that talk with Ed, I’ve done those things and the results showed in my last fight and I really think that it’s really going to come into fruition and show in this title fight.”

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