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Thursday, 06/20/2013, 05:04 pm

EXCLUSIVE | Mike “Biggie” Rhodes Discusses His Upcoming Bout at RFA 8: “I’m Going to Do Damage” | BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio

By JAKE CHASTAIN

| Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio hosts Anton and Denny invited in Mike “Biggie” Rhodes to talk MMA on this week’s episode. Mike is fighting at RFA (Resurrection Fighting Alliance) 8, taking on Benjamin Smith, this weekend on June 21st in Milwaukee. Biggie is coming off the first loss of his career and is looking to rebound and get back into the win column with an impressive win over Smith. On the show Rhodes talked about everything from his #BlameBiggie campaign to his upcoming fight at RFA 8. Here are some of the highlights from that interview:

 Rhodes first talked about how life has been since the last time he’s been on the show and following his first career loss:

 “I signed with the RFA. I got a very, very tough fight against Brandon Thatch, and I had a great experience in a loss, you know? I got to see the ins and outs of fighting on a bigger show, fighting on TV, and everything that goes along with that. Like you said though, my opponents never backwards and that’s something I pride myself on, man. I want to fight the best. The sooner you beat the best the sooner you get to fight the best.”

 When asked if the pressure of fighting on a bigger stage in front of millions at home had an effect on his last fight he replied, “Of course man. You see that camera in your face, you see the number one ranked guy standing across from you, you’re in his home town.”

 He was also asked if the loss ever made him question his place in the sport or his love for MMA. He stated, “Oh no. I never questioned my ability or my love for the sport at all, man. The loss made me realize how much I really love it.” He continued, “I felt like I disappointed so many people and that was the hardest thing for me to swallow.”

 He went on saying that instead of dwelling on the loss and letting it bring him down he was looking at the positives instead. He explained, “I was only thinking about ways that I could improve.” Rhodes continued by saying, ”I wanted to get back to winning right away because that’s what I’m accustomed to and I’m a winner, first and foremost.”

 He then talked about having the opportunity to please his hometown fans come June 21st in Milwaukee. He explained, “It’s going to be a real surreal feeling to know that I gave them all the satisfaction that they needed that night and I was the highlight of everybody’s night.”

He discussed  UFC 161 and gave his thoughts on some of the fights last weekend. When asked what he thought about the Jake Shields vs. Tyron Woodley fight he replied, “That was one of the worst fights I’ve ever seen.”

 “Biggie” then touched on who he thought the big performer of the night was. He explained,“My number one man and one of my good friends, James Krause.” He continued, “No lie, man. I was chillen with Anthony Pettis and Serg and we all said if it goes to the ground and James grabs a hold of that neck he’s gonna guillotine him. James Krause came and trained with us a couple times at RufusSport and that guillotine is nasty.”

He was then asked to talk about what it was like to be gaining so much popularity and having fans in Japan know who he was. Biggie explained, “It’s incredible to know that someone on the other side of the [world] knows about me now, man.” He continued by saying, “It’s just a great feeling to know that what I love to do is touching people all around the world.”

 He was also asked if he felt any pity for his opponents knowing that a win for him shatters much of their dreams and monetary gains in the sport. Rhodes replied, “No. Absolutely not. He aint thinking about my dreams. He aint thinking about what I’m trying to do after this. He comes in to give me an ‘L’. And not only am I coming in to give him a ‘L’, I’m trying to hurt the kid. I’m really am. I’m trying to get him outta there early.” He continued, “It’s a dog eat dog world man and I can’t think about what he plans to do. I can only think about what I plan to do and what I’m gonna do.”

Rhodes, who is currently 4-1, was then asked to reflect on his new home of the RFA and what he thought about the fighters and organization as a whole. He stated, “Man, the RFA is the best organization out there right now besides the UFC. Point-blank, period, man. They’re doing it the right way. They’re gearing guys up to get to the UFC and they’re giving them really, really tough fights to do so. So when we come from the RFA and we get to the UFC, we’re a force to be reckoned with.”

 In closing “Biggie” was asked how he saw the fight going down this Friday with Ben Smith. Rhodes confidently stated, “I am going to do damage. I am going to do some serious damage.” He went on explaining what his ultimate goals in the sport were by saying, “I’m going to smash Ben Smith in exciting fashion and I want Ed Soares to be like, hey, I want Mike ‘Biggie’ Rhodes to fight for our 170 title.” He continued, “I’m looking to smash cats, get on a roll and get into the UFC.”

And on his thoughts about the future competition in the 170 pound division in RFA Rhodes stated, “I’m looking to put those guys away and put a notch on my belt against those guys and get myself in the UFC.”

 Mike ‘Biggie’ Rhodes will throw down in Milwaukee this Friday, June 21st at the Rave/Eagles Club for RFA 8 against Benjamin Smith. Biggie will be looking to bounce back from his first career loss and move his record to 5-1 with a victory over Smith. For all the latest RFA news and updates stay posted to BJPenn.com and click here.

To listen to the entire interview with Mike “Biggie” Rhodes on Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio click here.

-Jake Chastain

@jchastain45

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