'It won't go the distance," agree Gustafsson and Manuwa
On this week's UFC World Podcast with Gareth A Davies, Alex Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa take a good look at each other; Andreas Michaels, Gustafsson's coach, insists his man will take nothing for granted given the danger the London light-heavyweight brings. Duane 'Bang' Ludwig gives the low-down on his partnership with Urijah Faber, and Canadian MMA analyst Robin Black looks back on Benson Henderson/Josh Thompson and forward to this weekend's two title fights at UFC 169.
Gareth A Davies is joined by Alexander Gustafsson, Jimi Manuwa and more on UFC World.
By Gareth A Davies
What's it like being forced together like two men in a three-legged race ? This week we find out as Gareth A Davies asks Alex Gustafsson and Jimi Manuwa what they learnt being wedged together for an entire week on a media tour in London and Sweden to publicise their light-heavyweight main event on March 8 at the 02 Arena in London.
Neither man would consider themselves smack-talkers, but after climbing to the roof of London's 02 Arena, both say the fight is not going to last the distance. Five days together, and five rounds are clearly too much.
Davies looks back at the co-main and main events at UFC on FOX 10 with MMA analyst and commentator Robin Black, from Canada. Was Benson Henderson and Josh Thomson as controversial as many are making out? How impressive was Stipe Miocic in reality, against a lackluster Gabriel Gonzaga?
Davies and Black look ahead at the two title fights this weekend at UFC 169 in Newark, New Jersey, with an intriguing theory as to how it may affect fighters if the SuperBowl time switch postpones the event for 24 hours.
Duane Ludwig talks to Gareth about his relationship with Urijah Faber and the success of Team Alpha Male. Ludwig believes Renan Barao will face a different animal in Faber this time around. "Heâs just improved so much through the year and heâs just going to put it into the fight. There's going to be a lot of changes of movement, a lot of different stuff that works. The angles, the understanding of the striking and the footwork. Urijah is a champion," says Ludwig.
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