Podcast: Boetsch, Zahabi, Cruickshank, Vazquez

By: Sherdog.com Staff
Dec 12, 2012
TJ De Santis and Jeff Sherwood returned to The Sherdog Radio Network on Wednesday for a packed edition of "Beatdown." Joining them were fighters Tim Boetsch, Daron Cruickshank, Javier Vazquez, and coach Firas Zahabi.

Boetsch is closing in on his final training sessions in preparation for his Dec. 29 showdown with Constantinos Philippou. "The Barbarian" chats about the upcoming middleweight title, his status as top contender for Anderson Silva's title and where the nickname "Barbarian" originated from. The Matt Hume-trained fighter also talks about a potential showdown with Chris Weidman, his original opponent for the UFC 155 card.

Zahabi was in the corner of Rory MacDonald on Saturday night in Seattle for the UFC on Fox 5 card. Zahabi joined "Beatdown" to talk about his charge's impressive decision win over B.J. Penn. Firas breaks down the strategy that was implemented in dismantling a legend of the sport, MacDonald's future and what's next for GSP. The coach considers what challenges Georges St. Pierre would have with guys like Johny Hendricks, Nick Diaz and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

Cruickshank was another fighter who impressed viewers of the UFC on Fox 5 card. “The Detroit Superstar” stopped Henry Martinez with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout. Cruickshank joins the show to talk about his win, growing up in a fighting family and the pride he has fighting out of The Motor City.

Vazquez has always been one to speak his mind. The former King of the Cage and Gladiator Challenge champion joined De Santis and Sherwood looking for a fight. On Jan. 19 and 20 in Los Angeles, Vasquez’s wife Rose Gracie will be promoting her Gracie U.S. Nationals event as part of the L.A. Fitness Expo. Vazquez issued an invitation to world champion grapplers to join him in a four-man 155-pound tournament where you only advance if you can submit your opponent. "Showtime" breaks down what he feels is wrong with sport jiu-jitsu and why he would like to compete with some of the world's best under his set of rules.

TJ and Jeff also take a look at the sport's current events, including what fans think of Benson Henderson being considered as Fighter of the Year for 2012. Check out the show here

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