(Karo's interview starts at 36:00)
I started out in martial arts as a typical BJJ guy watching UFC. Karo is a huge reason I decided to start doing judo.
Talks about a lot of stuff in this interview:
* panic attacks
* his pain killer abuse (which he differentiates from addiction)
* the Nate Diaz incident
* Frank Mir being a "backstabber"
* making a comeback
* how he got started in judo/MMA
* UFC fighters crying backstage before fights
* Givng Diego "frequent flier miles all over the cage"
* his leg injury that continues to affect him
Around 1:02 he starts talking about his fight with Dong Hyun Kim and throwing him "like a baby."
He says that Kim was a judo Olympian which I don't think is quite accurate; Kim did, however, attend the best university for judo in South Korea.
On throwing Koreans:
"I just threw him and then I just laid on top of him, bro. You know how that is to a Korean? It's like cussing their mother out."
I watched his most recent fight with Thomas Denny; couldn't finish Denny though he did win via decision. Not sure if he's quite on his way back to the UFC. Still one of my favorite fighters, though.
nice - thanks!
lol at giving "frequent flier miles"
Ouch, just saw that Karo got guillotined in the first round of his fight against John Gunderson. Hard to see him struggle like this.
I really like Karo. Shame to see him lose another. Can you upload fight? With his Hamstring problems I just don't see him being the same fighter as he was. Real shame though. He should write a book he has a lot of story's to tell. Wasn't his first mma fight against a man when he was 14 or something.
Link didn't work?
I haven't found any links of the fight against Gunderson. I think it just happened earlier tonight. Here's a written description:
Sounds like Karo got cracked with a knee pretty brutally.
Nice one ;-)
I saw Karo fight at the US judo Nationals in Cleveland when he was a teenager. Gokor was his coach. I rememebr him fighting for Bronze, can't remember how he did. Not sure why he didn't stick with his judo.
Wanted to earn some good money.