Cristiano Marcello Says Reza Madadi Has Disrespected Him
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 10.12.2012
As far back as the last promotion they were both in...
Cristiano Marcello recently spoke about his bought at UFC against Reza Madadi, their shared history and more. Check out the highlights:
On his challenge to Madadi when they were both with Superior Challenge: "He was so disrespectful to me, so I told him, 'You choose how you want me to submit you: triangle or armbar.' He ran away, so let's see now. It's two years later. We're in the UFC and in my hometown. It's going to be great...I'm the type of guy that is respectful of everybody. I'm a family man, but a deal is a deal. The promoter said to me to go and challenge someone, so I went in the cage to do it because I work for the guy."
On Madadi trash-talking him: "If you ask someone about his history in Sweden, he loves bullying people. He tries to scream in the guys' faces and make everything about bad blood. I'm a professional. I do my job. I don't need to anything else. Every time the cage door closes, it's only you, your opponent and a referee to stop it if you can't fight anymore. That's it. I'm 34 years old. I've trained with the meanest guy in the world. He's not going to win the fight before we step in the cage."
On having improved as a fighter since his loss at the TUF 15 finale: "I learn with every fight, but that situation was the worst thing for me: three months inside the house, far away from my home, far away from my camp, all this stress in my mind, different training camp. All the other 'TUF' seasons, people went home before they fought at the finale. This time, we just had one week after the final episode. You have to cut weight and get your gameplan together while you're still in the house. I can't make excuses because he got me, but I came back to Brazil and put myself together again. I had the best camp I could possibly have. I'm training two times every day. I saw on the show that my striking needed work, so I did everything I needed to make that better."