The countdown begins Montreal for the next GSP fight!!! Its always a momentous event whenever he fights even if its not in His Hometown and ours as well, Montreal. This time Georges will be facing off against deadly as sin and heavy hands Johnny Hendricks. He is the newest welter weight contender to think he has what it takes to win the belt away from mr. St-Pierre. A venue for the event has yet to be announced, but it will likely take place at either the MGM Grand Garden Arena or the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
Mike Ricci is a Canadian mixed martial artist. He has already competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship and also fought in Bellator Fighting Championships. You have probably seen him in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Carwin vs. Team Nelson, a reality television series, where he won the title Knockout of the Season.
Ever thought about what it's like to be a professional fighter? Here's a sneak peek into Mike Ricci's private life.
1. Would you ever date a girl with cauliflower ears?
I haven't, but to be honest I would. My preference leans more towards girly girls though. Cauliflower ears or not I can appreciate a girl who knows how to get fancy.
2. Why do you choose to live in Montreal over any other city?
I'll always say that in the summertime Montreal is the best city in the world. But if I made a pros and cons list it would definitely have more cons. I'm a Montreal boy through and through don't get me wrong, but I do think about living in other cities quite often.
3. What’s your routine like before a fight? What helps you switch from regular human being to fearless fighter mode?
There is a big difference between the ordinary Joe and a man about to get into a cage and fight. My process from one to the other can get quite dark at times. I came up tough and as a youth my fights were more often than not extreme. So to tap into my fight mode my thoughts and mental preparation must intensify. Every fighter is different but at the end of the day attacking another man without remorse requires emotional and mental focus. No matter what the process.
4. What are your top 5 favourite Montreal restaurants and why?
In no specific order my top five restaurants would be... Uni Burger, Queue de Cheval, Park, Europea, Club Chasse et Peche. But the restaurant I visit most frequently is McDonalds.
5. Have you ever done something to another fighter that you regret?
I've only ever regretted not doing enough to another fighter. I've learnt over the years and now when I fight it's not to win it's to inflict as much damage as I can within the time frame I'm given. Maybe some won't agree but when I've fought with that objective I have never lost.
6. What’s your favourite cheat meal?
I'm not fancy when it comes to cheats really. I always plan these elaborate meals but 90% of the time I end up at a dep. some candy, chocolate, ice cream, and chips usually does the trick.
7. How do you celebrate a win or cheer yourself up after a loss?
After spending 2 months training in a gym and a week away in another city about to fight someone can wear you out. Win or lose I want to get back to my family and spend my time with them. I can say with confidence that you probably don't know another person who spends as much time with their family as I do. Nothing makes me happier.
8. Describe a perfect day in Montreal.
Perfect day in Montreal. It's summertime and the weather is perfect. I wake up after a good night sleep, head to the gym and put in a great workout. Then lunch with a couple friends on a terrace, a few beers and then a nap. Wake up have a pasta dinner with the Fam and end the night with some video games before bed. My perfect day.
9. Why “alien boy”?
I really like that nickname. I've gotten a few throughout my life but that one really hit the nail on the head. But I still have yet to disclose where it came from and why.
10. What do you do when you find yourself in the middle of a bar/street fight? Has it ever happened to you? Do you ever lose your cool when you’re outside of the octagon?
Despite my fighting skills I am still human and I won't let anyone hurt or disrespect me or the people I care about. I try to avoid fighting because I am not the average guy. I'm trained to hurt people in a very precise manner. I'm conditioned to fight for extended periods of time and can take substantial amount of damage and keep fighting. So basically I avoid getting turned on at all costs.
You don't put an average guy in nets and have P.K Subban shoot slap shots on him. Right? So in the same respect you don't want to see an average guy get into an altercation with a trained fighter of my level. Long night for him to say the least.
The hall of famer was also joined by Bruce Buffer and Forrest Griffin.
Chuck Liddell is in town for UFC 186 which is happening tomorrow night (April 25th) and he sure seems to be enjoying himself. He just couldn't come to Montreal without stopping at Banquise for a poutine and his old buddy Forest Griffin & current welter weight Rory MacDonald decided to join him.
He even went behind the scenes and checked out the kitchen, also known as 'the place where the magic happens'.
But I guess the Former UFC light heavyweight champion was still hungry because afterwards he headed over to McLeans's Pub to take part in the Bud Light Living hot wing eating contest which was hosted by none other than Bruce Buffer. And of course, Chuck won.
Montreal favourite UFC fighter, George St-Pierre, is finally getting the recognition no one ever knew he deserved. On July 2nd, GSP will be forever immortlized in Montreal as a wax statue. #Youknowyoumadeitwhen
Montreal's wax museum, Musée Grévin, will house the wax-GSP, where the fighter's figure will stand shoulder-to-wax-shoulder with other celebs like Marilyn Monroe, Maurice Richard, and Tiger Woods.
GSP's induction into the museum was announced in January, and since then work on creating his waxy counterpart has been underway in Paris. Over three hours of mapping out GSP's body was done to ensure the statue's likeness, and hopefully they sculptures captured GSP's already chiseled body.
To commemorate the induction of GSP's wax statue, a special ceremony will be held on Wednesday, July 2nd at Musée Grévin. Get all the info at the museums website here.
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