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Cris Cyborg’s Coach Discusses Future, Bisping-GSP

Jason Parillo has complete confidence in Cris Cyborg.

The boxing coach appeared on “Submission Radio” recently to discuss the UFC champion, boldly claiming that Cyborg could defeat current and former UFC titleholders Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm “in the same night.”

Here is more from the interview:

If him and Bisping spoke about why GSP wanted to fight Bisping so badly

“Yeah, I mean, of course we’ve had that conversation. I mean, how could you not have that conversation? There is a little bit of a strange obsession there because there’s obviously a lot of other opportunities that he can probably try to get going and bring to the table, but his eye’s set on Bisping. Obviously, he doesn’t want to… you know, he was a fairly big welterweight and he obviously didn’t want to deal with that weight cut, I’m sure was a consistent issue for him. And the middleweight division, there’s a lot of big beasts. I mean, all the guys that Bisping’s beaten over the last five, six fights have been all very big men and much bigger than Georges and much bigger than Bisping. So he probably knows he wants to go to welterweight. I mean, he sees money there, he sees a high-profile guy that draws a lot of attention and a fight that can generate a lot of money and a guy that in his mind he feels he can beat. I know that they’ve trained together 10-11 years ago and I know at the time he was getting the better of Bisping in the gym as far as the wrestling was concerned, I know the stand-up didn’t go his (GSP’s) way from what I understand, but the wrestling game definitely was in Georges’ favour quite a bit.”

Jason’s reaction to Bisping saying on The MMA Hour that he might retire after UFC 217

“You just told me right now.”

“Yeah, in all respects to Michael, it’s his call. I mean, he’s had a career where he gets to make his last decision on that, and I’m sure he’s got a lot of people – if you care about somebody and you see them have the type of career that Michael has, you think to yourself, “you did it, you can finish on top and you can walk away on your own terms,” so that’s Mike’s call. And I hope if Michael does walk away on top in whatever decision he makes, I completely support him.”

If Michael considered retirement previously in some other stages of his MMA career

“I mean, of course. You talk to any fighter after they’ve been doing it as long as Mike’s been doing it, I mean, that conversation’s going to come up. I mean, how could it not? This is not the funnest game in the world. Yeah, guys love the attention, they love the fame, the money, the excitement and the challenge. All of that’s a big love, but it’s also a real drag too, it’s a little bit of a depressing game and it’s the loneliest sport in the world, it really is. Fighting’s not a fun deal. And every guy, I mean guys in their 20’s are talking about retiring and they’ve only had a handful of fights. So I mean, it’s a tough game and you gotta respect a man like Mike that’s done it as long as he has, and he really can make any decision he’d like to make about that, and anybody else’s opinions really doesn’t matter because he’s been the one that’s been doing it for as long as he has, he’s the one that’s made the sacrifices with his family and his friends, everything in his life. So if he started getting that momentum going, that direction, it’s definitely a thought, and why wouldn’t it be a thought? I mean, he’s done enough, he really has, and that’s why he’s doing a fight like a Georges St. Pierre fight, which is a high-profile fight, should generate a lot of money and it’s a competitive fight. I mean, GSP is the favourite of the fight as well, so you can’t knock Bisping for taking this fight. You know if Bisping was a 7-1 favourite, talk shit on the guy, say, “what the hell are you doing? Come on, fight this guy, fight that guy”. If you look at the division it’s all over the board, so the fight makes sense actually at the end of the day. And if he’s the underdog you can’t talk shit to him for taking the fight. So regardless, he deserves a good fight, a good high-profile fight, a good-paying fight, and then he can make whatever decisions he’d like to do.”

Where this leaves Robert Whittaker and if there’s less interest in fighting him because he’s not a high-profile name even though he is an interim champion

“Well, I mean, yeah. But, you know, Rob’s earned it now, didn’t he? He took on a couple of challenges there and he won them in a high fashion and he’s a guy that obviously shows a lot of character. I like his personality, man, he seems like a really down to earth guy and maybe because of how quick he struck it and how quick he got there he’s able to keep his humility and his character right now. Hopefully that doesn’t change because he seems like a pretty solid guy. Yeah, why wouldn’t I answer that? All fights are interesting to Mike. I say it time and time in the interviews, I’ve never heard of Mike turning down any type of fight. So if that’s where the promotion wants to go and that’s what makes the most sense and Mike’s still excited about fighting and wants to continue his career, then I think that’d be an exciting fight. Why not? I like Whittaker and I think he’s a fan of Michael, to be totally honest. When I hear him talk and when I see him talk to Mike, sounds to me like he really has a lot of respect for Mike and I respect that as well, and fuck, he deserves it.”

Thoughts on Luke Rockhold’s performance this past weekend and the possibility of him earning a title shot off the victory

“Yeah, I mean, yeah, sure. Probably unfortunately for Robert Whittaker, that fight could probably rush to the table quicker. But if we can be honest too as well, Whittaker’s got that title. Yeah, of course good for Rockhold. He showed some composure, you know, he got hurt, he got rocked and he was able to… you know, the other guy in my opinion got a little too excited, he could have settled down a little bit and probably capitalize where he had Rockhold in that 1st round. But to me he got a little overzealous, a little too excited and Rockhold kept his composure, kept cool and calm and took over. And did it earn him an immediate shot at the title? I don’t know about that. But you never know who gets the title shot sometimes, so you just gotta sit back and wait.”

How a rubber match would play out between Bisping and Rockhold given Rockhold’s recent performance

“Yeah, especially coming off that last fight, I think Mike beats him again. He’s a little suspect there. I think if Mike gets to his beard, he can get to him again the same way he did before. You do it once, you can do it again. Although, Mike can beat him in the long haul as well. If they go in the later rounds, that’s where Mike really takes over most of his fights. So of course, the way my mind works is my fighter will win that fight, and I believe that. So that’s my opinion.”

On Cris Cyborg Fighting Holly Holm at UFC 219

“Some people, I mean, I even heard Ronda Rousey’s coach talking about it, I’ve heard holly Holm’s coach talk about Cris as if they feel like they see something that they can beat quite decently. And I like listening to their opinion about it because the truth’s in the pudding, and hopefully Holly takes that fight. And I love when people eat their words. And they talk about Cris being slow. She’s got great speed for a woman, for her weight class. She’s got great reflexes, she’s a hell of a fighter, she fought an awkward, dangly, big-hearted, tough durable girl like Tonya Evinger. There could be some awkward moments in there, so you can think maybe there’s some holes there, but there’s really not. Cris continues to sharpen her game time and time again. She’s out in Thailand right now on vacation, but a big part of her vacation is training, you know, that’s what she does. She’s constantly focused on being the best in the world and she’s younger than these girls and she’s younger than Holly and she’s got a lot more left in the tank than Holly does. So, I appreciate too because I heard a little shit talking coming on de Randamie. I appreciate that because what that does for me is it makes my job a lot easier, it really lights the fire, you know, it wakes up the lion and it really gets the motivation going over here on this side. So, god bless, I hope that fight happens because you’re gonna see exactly who Cris is because you’re gonna see a girl who at this point is not, in my opinion, is not the best she’s ever been, but a lot of people know who she is and, you know, she’s a preacher’s daughter. I personally like her, I think she’s a nice person, but she’s going to be biting off a lot more than she can chew when she comes into this fight.”

Who the better striker is between Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm

“I know Cris has the advantage on the feet. I mean, I know that Holly has a long career and has had her multiple boxing world titles and she’s done very well, that’s how she wins her fights in MMA too. But if I stop and look back at her last fight with Bethe Correia or whatever her name is, I mean, she’s sitting in front of a girl that’s taking fitness classes. you know, you’re sitting in front of somebody – that’s not what you’re sitting in front of when you’re sitting in front of Cris Cybrog. Cris Cybrog knows how to make people miss, she knows how to make people pay and she’s devastating, like you said, with her power. I mean, again, she’s going to be biting off more than she can chew. She can’t stand with Cris, she’s not going to be able to do that. She’s not going to be able to roll with Cris. Obviously, she’s going to be trying to set up her big left kick most of the fight. That’s where she’s got most of her weight in her shots, is that big kick. She’s got a decent straight left hand, but people don’t realize how big of a punch Cris takes as well. I’ve put her in with men that let her have it and she eats it up and puts it right back on them. So it’s hard for me to get my mind wrapped around anybody in MMA right now feeling better than Cris on the feet, because I don’t think the girls out there… they’re seasoned, there’s girls with accolades. Like when I look at a girl like Joanna Champion who’s got accolades and has a lot of… she puts stuff together maybe a little bit more, but most smaller people do, most smaller fighters have the agility and the athleticism to show more dynamics in their striking. But in all realness, as far as the MMA game in concerned, Cris is the best on her feet as far as the women are concerned.”

On Edmond saying Cris is too slow and if it’s irresponsible for him to build momentum for a possible Cyborg/Rousey fight with the last couple of fights Ronda’s had

“Well, I mean, that’s the way he works, you know? I mean, when a coach is talking about his fighter, you don’t know how, what works for them, you know? And maybe that’s how he gets her motivated and gets her pumped up and believing in herself, listening to him believe in her. I don’t know you. Is it better to say, “we would never wanna fight Cris Cyborg because she’d fucking kill us?”. You know what I mean? Like, it’s probably not good to say that, it’s probably pretty irresponsible as well. So if you gotta say something, you’re probably better off not putting Cris Cyborg’s name in your mouth, probably. That’d probably be the best thing to do. Because really, I mean, as far as being responsible or irresponsible and stuff, putting your fighter in a situation where they haven’t been successful in the last couple of situations, you probably want to wipe off, get them running again a little bit. But that’s not for me to say how he talks and handles his fighters, it’s really not. And I’ve heard this guy get a lot of bad wrap about a lot of shit. Hey, if you ask me, he has his system that he has with his fighters and I’m sure we don’t know about all the success he has, because he probably has had quite a bit of success that we don’t know about and a lot of failures, just like all of us coaches. We have ups and downs. I mean, we’re only as good as the fighter that we’re dealing with really, but we gotta be able to develop and make them better, and I don’t know if he does that or how he does that. He was doing something right for a while with Ronda. But as far as putting Cris Cyborg’s name in his mouth, that’s not a good idea. And god bless him, who else are you gonna call out? You should call out probably the girl, one of the last two girls that he fought. That would probably be a better callout. It would be more of an even match-up because the girl that he keeps calling out in Cris Cyborg, I believe would be – in an old school, back when Mark Coleman was doing it back in the day, I see Cris Cybrog beating all three of those girls in the same night, and I’m being serious when I say that. I believe that, and it’s the type of heart that Cris Cyborg has. It’s the type of ability, the type of strength and the type of endurance. She does. She’s really a special fighter, unfortunately and fortunately, because you know what it’s been like trying to get fights for Crs Cyrbog? It’s a motherfucker. Thank god we’re in the UFC, because now we have the ultimate promotion that can draw a lot more potential and a lot more girls and a lot more opportunities for Cris, cause Cris would love to, I mean if she’s in the gym she can fight three or four times a year, but she doesn’t. And it’s not because of the lack of wanting to do it, it’s more of getting the opponent to fight. So if we have Edmond, we got Holly Holm’s team and everybody’s team going, “wait a minute, maybe we can beat her. And let’s say we can beat her”. And now you gotta fucking cash the check that your mouth just fucking (wrote). You just opened up your mouth, now you gotta do something, which is exciting. Please, please look at the last fight of Cris Cyborg. Please, Holly Holm. Please, Edmond and Winkeljohn and the guy that talked negative about Cris and talk about how they think their fighter can beat Cris. Please, take that fight, please sign the line, please make that happen. We would love that. That gives us the attention that Cris deserves, it gives Cris the light that she needs to be in, for everybody to know exactly who she is and how bad she is.”

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