— Brian Geraghty ran into a buzzsaw. That's all you can really say. We didn't get to see a whole lot of what Brian has to offer MMA, because Joe Lauzon came out firing, an explosive, chatoic mess that Geraghty was unable to find a solution for. Nonetheless, Brian had always seemed like a competent MMA fighter, and I'm sure we'll see more of him in the future. Brian stopped by earlier today to talk with us about his time on The Ultimate Fighter 5.
Below you will find both the written transcript and the full mp3 audio of the interview.
How did you initially get involved with MMA and how did you end up on Ultimate Fighter 5?
My history in MMA is I've been fighting since '99. I'm trained out of Kenosha, Wisconisn with Dave Strausser and my boys. I tried out for a previous season, but I was too small. So, they had my name and they called me for this season, so I sent in a little tape which had me doing some bad, quirky, screwy stuff like messing around and at the end of the tape I put a little highlight video of some fights on it. They seemed to love the tape, so they flew me out to Vegas for some medical and interviews and I guess that went well. That's how I got on.
Last night's show went pretty quickly into the fight. Was there any pre-fight stuff of note that we didn't get to see?
Um, not too much happened. I did screw around a lot and they're not showing too much of it. Yeah, I try to not take things too seriously and in that house there's not much to do and people get on edge real quick. So, I try to make people laugh, but they haven't shown much of that.
What was behind the decision for you to fight Joe Lauzon?
Well, originally I was...the fights got switched around a few times, because the original fight was supposed to be versus Gray and that got switched. And then I was supposed to fight Andy and then we switched and for some reason I ended up fighting Joe. Match up-wise it seemed like a good idea, considering that I think my ground was and still is better than Joe's and my stand-ups is a little better, but he's just more tenacious, a little more explosive. He caught me off guard, was better than me...match-up wise it looked like it was gonna be a good fight for me.
What would you do differently if you were to fight him again?
I would try to slow him down a little bit more. Work on more take down defense, get my jab going first. I'd get ready for him to shoot, just try to slow him down a little more and press him up against the fence and tire him out a little bit. I've seen him fight a bunch and every fight he came out really fast.
Who did you think won the Emerson-Hill fight?
At the time, I thought Corey won the fight. I might've been being biased, because he was on my team, but watching it last night I thought it was a little bit closer and I think Emerson pulled it off.
Do you have fights planned? Anything going on in the future?
Nothing right now. Hopefully, maybe, you'll see me on an undercard in the finale. I know a lot of guys are waiting to get that phone call. So, I'm just hanging out for that, laying low and training, so when I do get that phone call, I'll be ready.
(Interview Conducted by Oscar Dahl)
(Phot Courtesy of UFC.com)
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