Guest Bio: John Wayne Parr is an Australian middleweight kickboxer and boxer, fighting out of Boonchu Gym in Gold Coast, Queensland. He is a 10-time World Champion in Muay Thai and runner up in The Contender Asia.
Topics Discussed: John’s last fight where he broke his foot; getting stitches; Muay Thai and Lion Fight compared to Glory Kickboxing; using elbows; technicality of Muay Thai; fights on Native American reservations; Cosmo Alexandre; the unique way John moves and strikes; talk about John’s fight with Cosmo; comradery in fighting; fighters who trash talk; Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier animosity; Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston stories; Conor McGregor; fighters with strange, wild movement; Ramon Dekkers; how he can compete for so long with no major injuries; cutting weight; Lion Fight; Jorina Barr vs. Cris Cyborg fight; popularity of Muay Thai in the United States; importance of Forrest Griffen vs. Stephan Bonnar fight; UFC’s women’s divisions; someone with elite striking fighting Ronda; Cat Zingao vs. Ronda Rousey fight; single-strike knockouts by women; Bethe Correia vs. Ronda Rousey; Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey; John meeting Ronda; Edmond Tarverdyan; Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne fight; number one contender fights; Miesha Tate thinking about retirement; looking at female fighters’ assess during weigh-ins; fighters doing movies; the movie business; John acting in movies; Blessed with Venom documentary; John living and training in Thailand; Sangtienoi “The Deadly Kisser”; Ramon Dekkers; Rob Kaman; John training with Ramon Dekkers; sparring hard vs. softly; fighters who have competed in hundreds of fights; starting martial arts when you’re young; fighting someone builds a bond with them; martial arts builds character in children; people getting in street fights; martial arts is different than a street fight; chess compared to fighting; what it feels like to fight; working with a sports psychologist; Vinny Shoreman; Nick Curson and making incremental advancements; where he would train if he didn’t have a school; Nieky Holzken; Raymond Daniels; Glory leaving Spike; Fedor’s return to MMA; Japanese pro wrestlers fighting; Genki Sudo; Japanese freak show fights; K-1 World Max fights; Masato; how much money K-1 fighters make; K-1 Grand Prix tournaments and popular fighters; watching fights live; Muai Thai oil/liniment; slippery canvases in the UFC; John’s brain health; sparring hard vs. soft; good genetics; how John feels after a loss; Cyrus Washington; how old John feels; John’s diet and lifestyle; Randy Couture; jumping front kicks; Muay Thai fights in MMA gloves; breaking up the clinch; standing people up during grappling; fighters falling through the ropes; fighting in cage vs. ring; bareknuckle fighting; arguments for bareknuckle fighting; open-hand slaps; eye pokes; wearing boxing gloves in a Muay Thai fight compared to MMA gloves; fighting in a cage; World Series of Fighting financial problems; promoting Caged Muay Thai when he retires; critically watching UFC fights; training MMA fighters; training with Georges St-Pierre for Johny Hendricks fight; fighters with one foot out the door; GSP dealing with fans and being a celebrity; drunk people trying to start fights with professional fighters; Joe and John sparring together video; dealing with internet trolls talking shit; Diego Sanchez fights; Muay Thai culture compared to MMA culture.
My Thoughts: To me, the most interesting thing about this podcast happened during the advertisement for Casper mattresses. Joe revealed that he gave the free mattress he received from Casper to Jamie so he could try it out. He did this because he actually sleeps with two king size mattresses pushed together.
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