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« on: April 01, 2012, 01:59:21 PM »

Don Frye Reflects on Long Career

Don Frye debuted in the UFC in February 1996.

Sixteen years later, the two-time UFC tournament champion joined the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show” to discuss his time in the sport, his views on today’s stars and more.

Frye on whether he watches MMA: “I can’t afford to [laughs]. If it’s on free TV, I can watch it. They’re great athletes. It’s amazing how the sport has transformed. I’ve said a hundred times, it’s like NASCAR. I’m one of the old-time moonshiners and now you’ve got the 500-horsepower cars. These days they’re so technically fantastic. They’re great athletes. I get a kick out of watching them fight.”

On putting on a show every time out: “A couple of times I didn’t pull it off. I screwed up, but I’m not like Brock Lesnar where there’s a trail of piss from the locker room to the cage. I come to fight. I’m not walking in there looking for a soft spot to land.”

On whether there’s anything that could motivate him to fight again: “Yeah, it’s called an empty wallet.”

On the changes he’d have to make to fight again: “I’d have to be serious. The last time out, I didn’t show the sport any respect or my opponent any respect, and he kicked my ass. I deserved it. Ruben Villareal, he stomped the s--t out of me and I deserved it because I thought I’d go in there just as Don Frye and my press clippings would impress him. Apparently he never learned to read on the reservation. He wasn’t impressed with my print.”

On whether he still trains: “No, I haven’t done anything since Ruben whooped my ass except ride horses. I had a real bad last eight years. I guess I screwed up my back in ’03 and didn’t know it, and it got worse. I just thought I was getting old. It gradually got worse. Last year from -- what year is this? 2012? Yeah, May 2010 to May 2011, I had five back surgeries and they finally fused it. With my ego, I thought, ‘S--t, it’s been six and a half months. I can fight.’ But I didn’t train. I worked out, but I didn’t train. There’s quite a difference, quite a difference. We had the weigh-ins. Ruben took off his shirt and looked like Tarzan. I tell you what, if I had a car, I’d have jumped in it and left right then and there.”

On whether he misses fighting: “I do. I really do. I had a lot of fun. The fans are fantastic. Fantastic fans. But the thing is, Dana White’s just ruined the sport. I got to thinking about it today and you know, he ruined it for me. I thought, ‘Why am I letting that asshole dictate my life and take all of the fun out of it for me?’ I just ignore him and go on with my life. I might climb back in the cage just because I finally say, ‘F--k it. Why let him ruin it?’ I just ignore him and go on with my own business.”

On whether fighters are underpaid: “Oh my God, it’s a crime. It’s a crime. You see some of these guys only getting two or three or six thousand dollars and you’ve got Dana bragging about having 30 Ferraris. Come on. You have a sponsor and he charges a sponsor what, a hundred and fifty grand to have your stuff on the fighter? That’s money he’s stealing from the fighter. Then he goes and he pays them two or three thousand dollars. That’s crazy.”

On the death of Pride: “I was real sad. It bummed me out. They came over and interviewed me four days before the final event and talked me into going over there and fighting. I went over there and fought and got the crap kicked out of me by James Thompson and then had a pay issue. You know, in one way I was sad to see them go, but after that, they could kiss my ass.”
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 02:35:17 PM »

Cool interview.
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« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2012, 04:05:48 AM »

frye was a tough dude, id never seen him tap out or give up. him and tank throwing down was awesome
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2012, 06:48:57 PM »

frye was a tough dude, id never seen him tap out or give up. him and tank throwing down was awesome

Could have saved himself alot of discomfort by tapping to Shamrock but is one of the toughest men youll ever see, didnt give a shit about being hurt or hit repeatedly and would throw down with anyone, anytime. Truly one of the old school warriors.
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 04:46:46 AM »

I used to get his fights.... from the Akron Public Library.  I dunno the year.  It was UFC 2, 3, 4, 5... the early fights where guys would fight 3 times a night, I think.

the VHS tape would have 8 fighters, 4 fights.

Then round 2, the guy's face would already be chopped up, and 2 fights between 4 guys.

Then the championship fight.  Frye, Tank abbott, all those guys. 

The only rule - no eye gouging or biting.  Anything else was cool.

The ring was so small, the rooms were so dirty.  You had like 3 camera angles haha.   great stuff. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2012, 11:37:36 AM »

Obviously he wouldn't survive today due to his skill set, but he was up there with the toughest of all time in the sport. Great chin, and a ton of heart.
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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2012, 12:00:24 PM »

frye was a all around good mma fighter, no real weakness imo. his wrestling was good, his boxing was very good, he is a judo blackbelt and he had awesome bjj submission defense. maybe that was due to his willingness to never tap out Shocked the only flaw i can remember is he didnt use kicks or elbows much. frye fought 4 times many a night, like royce, ken, tank, severn and the other pioneers of the ufc back then, bare knuckle, no rounds, and pretty much everything went except biting, eye gouging and fish hookin, todays guys have more technique but the above had it tougher in the octagon imo
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 08:57:29 PM »

Now that Sonnen has outed Pride among others as being WWE faked, and he even talked about Frye being a phony, I'm amazed some of you people are still talking about these phony's of the past.
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2012, 07:25:47 AM »

Now that Sonnen has outed Pride among others as being WWE faked, and he even talked about Frye being a phony, I'm amazed some of you people are still talking about these phony's of the past.
You take everything way to seriously bro, and you're always trying to find something between the lines. Some of Frye's fights were epic, and you can tell they werent "works".
There are of course fights that could be argued, and some that you can just tell, but there isn't a conspiracy in everything bro.
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2012, 11:38:40 AM »

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« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2012, 01:19:25 AM »

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« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2012, 11:53:17 AM »

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