Not someone everyone knows but UFC middleweight Jordan Johnson is a great example. hocus pocus everybody focus halloween shirt. He doesn’t come across as the most friendly person in interviews, especially if you watch some post-fight scrums. But that’s just his personality. Talking to him off camera in some of the exchanges, he’s one of the nicest fighters I’ve met. He’s a good example of someone who just doesn’t like interviews but if you get him to open up there can be some interesting exchanges there. Michael Bisping. Seriously one of the nicest and most generous people I’ve ever met in this sport. A truly good dude but he knows how to turn it on when it’s time to sell a fight. Thanks, I appreciate that. Funny you say that because people don’t understand sometimes that establishing these relationships early is important. I interviewed Eryk Anders after just his second pro fight and he just headlined his second UFC event last weekend.
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First off 12to6eblows thanks so much for the kind words, glad you’re enjoying the content. I haven’t had any major backlash for giving picks (I know some journalists won’t do picks at all for this reason) but to me, I don’t mind sharing my opinion if people know I’m trying to be objective at the end of the day. The only time I can recall was when former UFC middleweight Eric Spicely was in CES and I had to do a CES MMA picks article (I picked against him) He made fun of me in an interview after about it and we had a good laugh about it. He was cool but I know other fighters who have taken picks to heart. Luckily nothing major has happened to me yet Torn on that main event. Stylistically my head says Khabib’s wrestling will be too much but I’ve learned time and time again to not doubt Conor McGregor getting the job done so I’m leaning Conor.
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I echo what DamonMartinMMA said, start the relationships at the ground up. hocus pocus everybody focus halloween shirt, Don’t think you’re going to interview Max Holloway right out of the gate. Just start with local shows, because a lot of the times even on local shows they have teammates who are in the UFC or Bellator. It’s a great way to get in. Also just be respectful and organized. PR and managers will come back to you if you create a good reputation for being easy to work with. Just from my experience Least favorite parts: 1) the sacrifices you have to make to advance your career. This involves starting off doing a lot on your own dollar and spending a lot of time and effort. You hit a point where it becomes worth it in the end, but it’s grind until then! 2) Transcribing interviews can be brutal. 3) Writers’ block. 4) Technical difficulties. I’m genuinely not a journalist at this point. My role has evolved so much over the years, I’m now half marketer, half editor, and half writer. Manbearpig style.