Thursday, January 14, 2010

MMA Scraps Radio Sunday January 10 Radio Recap

On Sunday’s edition of MMA Scraps Radio we welcomed DaMarques Johnson and Chris Lytle. We opened by chatting with DaMarques about his time on “The Ultimate Fighter” and his loss to James Wilks.

“Losing the fight to James Wilks, that sucked,” said Johnson. “Nobody likes to lose; especially a fight like that. It was a fight that I was totally capable of winning and I just came up short that night.”

Since that loss DaMarques has gone on to submit Edgar Garcia at UFC 107. Since losing via submission against Wilks, Johnson realized that he puts too much pressure on himself to win every fight. He has begun to work on that and went into the Garcia fight ready to fight, win or lose.

“After losing that fight I realized ‘I just need to fight because I like to fight,’” explained Johnson. “Not because I feel like I have to fight or I have to beat up this person or that person. I mean, that’s the whole reason I started fighting is because I enjoy fighting. You just have to have fun. That is what I trained for this fight; a lot more of the mental aspect.”

Now 1-1 in the UFC, DaMarques acknowledges he isn’t really in a position to start hand picking opponents. Joe Silva, UFC Matchmaker, has thrown a few names his name for his next opponent, though Johnson would not disclose who.

“I don’t think I’m really at a point where I should be like ‘yeah, I really want to fight that guy,’” said Johnson. “I don’t know. I always wondered back in the day about guys who would say ‘Oh, I’ll fight whoever they pick,’ but now that I’m there. I’m no longer on the outside looking in, it’s pretty much, every fight is going to be a tough fight so it’s like I’ll just take whoever they got.”

DaMarques went on to joke with Pat about several signing they have done together and how Pat is just jealous because DaMarques is also half black but got “good hair”.
Later on in the show we were joined by UFC Welter weight, Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. Apart from being a professional fighter, Lytle also is a fireman and a father to four, as well as being a husband. He’s a man that never stops, and gives everything he has to what he’s doing.

“It’s always tough,” said Lytle. “That’s what people don’t really understand, is the time commitment it takes for all of those things. If anybody is a father they realize the amount of time it takes, same with being a fighter. The fire department is really no different… I’ve made a decision that this is what I want to do and this consumes my life.”

With little time for more than work, training and family Lytle knows every minute is precious. He has forty-nine professional fights, some of his favorites are the ones haven’t gone out of the first round.

“I really liked when I fought Aaron Riley,” said Lytle. “I fought him in his home town and I know a lot of people thought he was going to go out there and knock me out. I went out there and knocked him out really quick and that was a pretty good feeling; kind of helped me get established and get me in good with the UFC. The Robbie Lawler fight was also good. It was my first fight in the UFC after a long time.”

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