Last week, FighstorePro Founder and Gear Guru Alex Wright appeared on The Fight Dialogue's Podcast for an insightful chat with host Tim about the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, Muay Thai being recognised as an Olympic Sport, British MMA History, and a few personal anecdotes about his life and exploits in the Martial Arts world.
Anyone reading this blog is likely a Martial Artist or knows someone who is, and this podcast has equal parts entertaining stories and unique insights into Martial Arts, UFC, MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai, and more.
One of the first questions of the podcast, one of the clichés:
Who is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)?
"I've never really adhered to these ideas. I think times and places change so much, in such a short space of time. The game changes so much, like how do you measure that? But! I don't know whether there is a -THE- but I definitely can give you a few candidates and the first one would have to be GSP. He was an exemplary martial artist, super skilled, he took everything to the Nth degree, he almost opened the door to the modern game, didn’t he?"
While he does mention other names like Vitor Belfort, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Ian 'The Machine' Freeman, Rickson Gracie, and BJ Penn to name a few, Alex does hail Georges St-Pierre as the 'Godfather of the modern incarnation of MMA' as an example of how someone should train for MMA.
One particular standout anecdote was how difficult it was for a Brazillian Jiu Jitsu practitioner in the UK, travelling all over to gain knowledge.
“We were training with blue belts in Jiu Jitsu who were teachers because the nearest black belt was on the other side of an ocean.”
If you want to hear Alex's stories about Anderson Silva's fight against Lee Murray at Cage Rage 8, Dan Hardy, Michael Bisping's first win at Pride & Glory 2, the origins of British MMA, or what’s in the pipeline next, you'll have to watch the full podcast above, or available here.