After a successful debut last week, it’s time for a brand new MMA Conversation! Most people seemed to like my initial conversation with KatGirl so I have every intention of pushing forward with this series. This week, I’m absolutely thrilled to have had the chance to chat with the one, the only, “The Immortal” Mike Fagan!
Mike Fagan, born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, was the editor of Bloody Elbow who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India, in 1950. For over 45 years, he ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity’s expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Mike Fagan.
Okay, so I may have confused Mike with Hulk Hogan and Mother Teresa in the previous paragraphs. Still, this is a guy you need to know. Most of you had better remember Mike for his time as Editor at Bloody Elbow before his…I guess unceremonious removal from that position at the end of October. That withstanding, Mike has done awesome work including the very popular “This Week in Quotes” feature, great betting insight, and generally fantastic MMA analysis.
You know how why you should believe these things? Because I am a Chicago Bears fan and Mike Fagan is a Green Bay Packers fan. Do you think I would say nice things about a Packers fan if they weren’t true? Believe me when I say that Mike is too important to ignore. Be sure to follow Mike on Twitter @mike_fagan_13 for insightful and hilarious 140 character bursts. Following Mike will ensure that you hear about his plans post-BE, whatever they may be – that alone is worth the follow!
As for our conversation, we did indeed discuss Twitter. More specifically, we look at some of our followers and discuss the finer points of Emmanuel Yarborough, Ron Sparks, and Taco Bell, perhaps three of the most important entities in all of the world.
Keith: So approximately how many Twitter followers do you have? (I’m not being creepy, this question serves a purpose.)
Keith: Which of those followers is your favorite? Not your favorite person, because then your answer would be something boring like your Dad. But like…which follower pleases you the most to have. As in “I like having Twitter because _______ is following me and it’s really strange and awesome.”
Mike: Hm. I don’t know, actually. I’d have to go through my list and find someone.
Keith: Having 1660 followers, I can imagine that it’s difficult to pick just one. I can imagine Emmanuel Yarborough doesn’t follow you, since that would be the clear top answer if he did. At least he would be for me. If he followed me, I’d probably send him Tweets a few times a day. Just checking in to see how he’s doing, mostly.
Mike: Haha. Probably eating most of the time.
Keith: I think he’s rededicating himself to health, from what I’ve seen. I think he’s dropped some pounds. He also exchanges Tweets with B.D. Wong, his costar from Oz. The reason I ask this question is for two reasons: one, curiosity, and two, because I just got followed by Ron Sparks. That’s right, THE Ron Sparks.
Mike: Ron “THE MONSTER” Sparks?
Keith: That’s right, the very one. And it’s follows like that which make me grateful for Twitter. Weird little stuff that you wouldn’t ever imagine happening in any other circumstance.
Mike: Firas Zahabi follows me. That’s sort of surprising.
Keith: Okay, that’s pretty cool.
Mike: I’m assuming it’s him. It isn’t verified, but it doesn’t seem like a fake account.
Keith: It’s always more fun to assume the best, though it could be more fun to assume there’s someone out their pretending to be Firas Zahabi.
Mike: Haha. Yeah. Tim Credeur follows me. I think for some crack I made about him a while ago.
Keith: So is that a respect follow from Tim or do you think he’s keeping an eye on you just in case?
Mike: I think he was cool with it. I forget how I phrased it. But it wasn’t like an attack on him.
Keith: So then Ariel [Helwani] isn’t following you, I assume.
Mike: He might be, I’m still going through the list.
Keith: Did you guys have any beef before this? I wonder if he knew of the SBN deal back then and finally decided he didn’t give a shit and would sound off at you?
Mike: Uh. I’ve had more beef with [Mike] Chiappetta. We had a tussle after Mayweather/Ortiz, which was fabulous. I think Ariel and I have had another run in or two. Not sure though.
Keith: Chaipetta added me on Google+, do I need to be careful about that?
Mike: He’s really sensitive about being called out on stuff. But he’s fine normally.
Keith: I’m totally behind on any potential of these issues. All I know is that I have a blog and I don’t get in anybody’s way. Except Matt [Roth]‘s.
Mike: WTF…Taco Bell is following me.
Keith: Ha, really?
Keith: I think that’s a winner so far.
Keith: Does Gary Goodridge follow you? I think he returns follows like Dan Hardy.
Mike: Haven’t seen Goodridge yet.
Keith: I’ve often lamented the fact that Chad Griggs isn’t on Twitter. He needs to keep his name out there, he could be quite the popular fellow. (UPDATE: Chad Griggs IS on Twitter!)
Mike: Hah. Yep, Goodridge is a follow
Keith: That’s good to have. I think Cole Escovedo follows me too. Since I don’t have Fagan-numbers, I relish any name follower I might have.
Keith: I once got a DM from Chael Sonnen, that’s pretty pleasing since he doesn’t follow anyone.
Mike: Yeah, I’ve talked to Chael on the phone before. He’s nice. Marika Taylor follows me which is hilarious.
Keith: So far, I think Marika Taylor or Taco Bell are your winners. That’s a pretty fun list.
Mike: Well…she probably follows me because I follow her. And I wrote about her a couple times on BE.
Keith: I think she’s Chael-crazy, meaning it’s sort of just a work. And she likely subscribes to the theory that any publicity is good publicity.
Mike: Madison Square Garden account follows me.
Keith: Me too
Keith: Yeah, I wonder about that. They might just be after any decent sports follow they can find.
Keith: I’m probably omitting some from my short list, just because I’m at work and going by memory.
Mike: “VegasWhore” follows me.
Keith: Interesting…have you frequented her establishment or is that just happenstance?
Mike: Hah. Happenstance, I assume.
Hey, being followed by VegasWhore isn’t too bad! I think a follow back might be necessary to see genius Tweets like, “Where are my whores tonight?” and, “want me to use a strap on for you?” Poor Irina hasn’t been on Twitter since April 2010, I worry that she may have run into legal problems. Or maybe she was chopped into pieces and buried in the desert?
So Mike and I share some interesting followers, but ultimately, he has the more interesting array. I’m not sure what I need to do to get a follow from Taco Bell, but I hope the answer isn’t eat Taco Bell. I haven’t been on good terms with that place for a while. I guess that’s what happens when you get old.
Many thanks to Mike for taking the time to chat and I’m sure we’ll hear from him in the future. Again, Make sure to follow Mike @mike_fagan_13 for his great Tweets and all of the latest on his future endeavors. Also be sure to follow me @fightrankings, where I’ll likely say something to entertain you. Unless you’re Michael Bisping. Then it’s kinda iffy.
This will be the first in what I’m hoping will be an extended series of conversations with various members of the MMA community. I’ve been hoping for a while to collaborate with some of my favorite writers and bloggers on various projects and this is just going to be the start – I expect to have lots of fun guests stop over at Fight Rankings in the near future!
I’m really thrilled that my first conversation was with one of my favorite bloggers from one of my favorite sites! Gals Guide to MMA is one of the most fun MMA sites out there and is one of many great SBNation offerings. It’s a must read site for any MMA fan, male or female. One of the reasons why Gals Guide is so great is because of today’s guest, KatGirl! I thoroughly enjoy KatGirl’s work on Gal’s Guide and she’s also one of my very favorites on Twitter.
Inspired by her post about the Halloween costumes of MMA fighters, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss some of our favorites. Halloween is a great time for all, but especially for those in MMA. You really get to see fighters and fight personalities let their hair down and really enjoy themselves. When else would you be able to see Don Frye dressed as Magnum P.I. and Bas Rutten dressed as Captain America? Kat and I discuss the finer points of this year’s ghastly Halloween in MMA!
Keith: My goal with these chat sessions will be to shallowly and vaguely discuss MMA and whatever else and then to copy these conversations onto my blog.
KatGirl: I hope I don’t say anything stupid!
Keith: Ha, don’t worry! I will send you my draft upon completion for review. I’m glad to amend anything needed, as I’m not in the business of gotcha fake-journalism. Just normal fake-journalism
Keith: So since shallow is the name of the game, which fighter’s Halloween costume was your favorite?
KatGirl: Brian Stann looked really good, I think. But, I enjoyed Leonard Garcia’s pirate costume at the UFC 137 post-fight presser. I wish I had seen a pic of Cerrone in his pirate costume. And, Jeff Monson’s Halloween posts on his blog were great. The pics of him and his daughter were super cute. Monson loves Halloween! I love that.
Keith: Agreed – for all the political weirdness we’ve seen from the Snowman, he seems like a good dude. He also went to Illinois, so he always gets extra points from me. He seems like the type to enjoy Halloween. Not to say a big, scary, and tattooed anarchist is necessarily the Halloween type, but if the shoe fits…
KatGirl: Sure – why not? Monson’s quote on his blog was “Halloween is by far my favorite holiday (4th of July is a close second…lol)” Miesha Tate also rocked Wonder Woman. It made me want to do a thighs & glutes workout.
Keith: Miesha is a favorite, since I’m a heterosexual male and she is Miesha Tate. I feel like I’m shirking my responsibilities as an impartial blogger to talk about how attractive some female fighters are, but then I remember I’m not impartial and wonder if her relationship with Brian Caraway is really that stable and if she’s into the dorky blogger type.
KatGirl: LOL. Brian Caraway is kind of adorable, though. I’m sure he knows what a catch Miesha is
Keith: Yeah, they seem like good people. It’s only a shame when I’m being delusional – I mostly recognize it’s a good thing when people are happy and when I’m not being unreasonable.
KatGirl: Everyone has those moods sometimes….
Keith: I’d also like to give a special mention to Chuck Liddell for what appears to be an executioner costume? Mostly just because Chuck Liddell: model father is the greatest thing ever. I could watch him be a dad 24/7.
KatGirl: He’s totally a family man now. It seems to suit him pretty well, too. He seems happy and stuff.
Keith: I know! That makes me happy that he’s adjusted fairly well to life after punching and that he has a nice family life. Dan Henderson seems to have the same thing going, even as an active 40-something fighter. I remember him Tweeting about chaperoning his daughter’s school dance and thinking that was the best thing ever.
KatGirl: I think he has three kids? He tweeted something a while back about loving being a father. I like to see that stuff, too.
Keith: Agreed. It’s fun to juxtapose beating people up for a living with being a nurturing parent.
KatGirl: I think it certainly makes the sport a lot more interesting. A lot of people don’t care about the fighters’ personal lives but I’m sort of intrigued.
Keith: It’s always pretty interesting to think about professional fighters in real life when they’re not inflicting harm.
As I noted to Kat after our conversation, I feel bad for not mentioning the wonderful Frankie Edgar as Rocky, though the costume would only be complete with Gray Maynard in blackface as Apollo Creed and Melvin Guillard as Lil’ Clubber Lang. Still, there were definitely some great efforts this Halloween.
Many thanks to KatGirl for taking some time to chat with me and I’m sure we’ll hear from her again! Stay tuned for my next conversation with former UFC and PRIDE fighter Emmanuel Yarborough about the finer points of being massive (that’s not happening).