After Kyle Kingsbury's loss on The Ultimate Fighter, he took some time to sit down with us and talk about his fight, Brazilian soccer players, and the absolute awesomeness of Stankie!
SP: Were you intimidated by Krzysztof's experience?
KK: I knew about his experience, but I also knew that he had quite a few losses. I didn't underestimate him by any means, though. I knew he was very well rounded. I had heard mixed reviews on his ground game in the house and it's kinda hard to know what to believe, because you get information from both sides. I wasn't sure if his hand injury was legitimate or not and I wasn't sure if his ground game was legitimate or not. I guess it turned out to be better than I expected.
SP: So you were getting information form Frank Mir's team?
KK: Yea, I guess a lot of the guys on Mir's team were upset with the way the training was going towards the end. I know Tom Lawlor was one of them. And Junie, which they showed, said that it was hard to get training partners. I guess it was a common theme that guys would go in there and do their own thing. As they would hear more and more about how everybody is training with everybody on Team Nogueira, it got to a few guys. So I was able to get some information from Tom in terms of what Krzysztof's game plan was, and he told me the hand injury was legit. Stuff like that.
SP: What did you think of Kaplan claiming that Lawlor never actually knocked him out cold?
KK: That didn't surprise me at all. Kaplan is the kind of guy who really doesn't give credit to anybody. You could see that from his loss to Phillipe. If you have a game plan that's so dumb -to take a few good punches and take it from there- and it goes the way it did, I wouldn't still be telling people I could take this guy's best punch.
SP: What were your reactions to watching Nogueira play soccer and be pretty horrible at it?
KK: [Laughing] He told us that he never played soccer, but no matter what the sport was, he was going to really bust his butt and lay it all out there. Knowing Nogueira, I thought that if these guys [Mir and Nog] were even remotely close to each other skill-wise, I'd give the edge to Nogueira just because I know he has heart. It's competition against Mir. He even said that it's almost a preview of their fight in terns of mentality and you can see the difference with Nogueira laying out for balls and Mir was just kinda jogging around.