Guest Bio: Joseph “Bazooka Joe” Valtellini is a former world kickboxing champion who currently can be heard doing color commentary for Glory Kickboxing.
Topics Discussed: Why isn’t Glory kickboxing more popular; leg kicks; Stephen Thompson’s style; “Wonderboy” vs. Tyron Woodley rematch; why Joseph retired; talk about Joseph’s concussions; his fighting style; does Joseph wish he fought safer, like Floyd Mayweather, Jr.; striking in MMA compared to kickboxing; Joe thinks fighting should be on a basketball court-like surface instead of a cage or ring; kickboxing with MMA gloves; cutting weight; what a good coach should teach you; movement and footwork; Joseph commentating for Glory; online criticism; Joseph is a full-time physical education teacher; spreading the word of Glory; Joseph makes more money commentating than from fighting; recovering from a hard fight; depression and concussions; CBD oil for brain injuries; taking CBD oil instead of pharmaceuticals; Joseph still gets headaches; The Union and The Culture High documentaries; Joe explains William Randolph Hearst and marijuana again; legality of kickboxing and MMA in Ontario, Canada; popularity of MMA in Canada; low kicks; Urijah Faber’s leg after fighting Jose Aldo; more low kick talk; Joseph Valtellini vs. Raymond Daniels video; fighting more than once per night in a tournament; more talk about the Raymond Daniels fight; Joseph likes kickboxing more than Muay Thai; (1:00:00) how a kickboxer’s legs are tougher than an MMA fighter’s; how to condition the legs for kicking; feeling out a fighter; more talk about legs and low leg kicks; how his thoughts on fighting have changed now that he’s a coach; how Joe and Joseph prepare for commentating; Holly Holm vs Germaine de Randamie talk; oblique kicks; front kicks to the face; axe kicks; Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny video; lack of elbows in kickboxing; why Joseph doesn’t like clinching in Muay Thai; fighting kickboxing compared to Muay Thai; Muay Thai fighters moving into kickboxing; Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. potential boxing match talk; Joseph wishes he started boxing earlier in his career; Joseph is still sparring; fighters like Donald Cerrone who don’t spar anymore; ways to spar; Simon Marcus talk; Joe Schilling talk; being okay with losing; Georges St-Pierre talk; Bellator talk; Glory’s plans for the future; Badr Hari and Rico Verhoeven talk; fighters need to promote themselves; what he wants to do in the future; Joseph vs. Medhi Baghdad video; does he want to compete again; strength and conditioning training for fighting; mental training; constantly be improving; a real martial artist never stops training; Joseph is mentally tough and never visualized a fight beforehand, nor worked with a mental coach; Joseph talks about his first Glory fight; more strength and conditioning talk; Joseph wants to work with MMA/UFC fighters; accepting you’re not the best at everything; Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn; Joe would have wanted to fight in the UFC if he could have; second-guessing yourself; (2:00:00) monitoring your heart rate; knowing when to take a day off; overtraining; Joseph would train once per day and never ran a day in his career; MMA fighters training more than once per day; weightlifting talk; sled running; Joseph’s nutrition and what he eats; massages; cryotherapy talk; cryotherapy death in Las Vegas; heat and cold shock proteins; saunas lower risk of death; hot yoga talk; overstretching; footwork and movement in MMA; breaking hands and strengthening the hands; Captains of Crush hand gripper trainer; bottoms-up kettlebell presses; breakdancing and movement training for MMA; Joseph wishes he would have done dance and gymnastics when he was younger; wrestling is the most important base for MMA; people are overcomplicating their training; some people are naturally gifted; predicting moves; Joe talks about coaching/teaching; MMA fighters have too many coaches; there are only a few good MMA coaches; more coaching talk; The Book of Five Rings book; Joe talks about signing the contract to fight Wesley Snipes; Joe is addicted to video games; autism and obsession; humans evolving.
My Thoughts: Nearly three hours of kickboxing and MMA talk. Interesting if this is your thing. Mostly covers Joseph’s background, his training, exercise, diet, preparing for fights, etc.
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