Delgado "the Crazy Cuban"
Delgado launches a flying knee at Neil McLeod - Extreme
Brawl December 2002
Delgado made an immediate impact in his first fight in
the UK by defeating British champ, Neil McLeod at Extreme
Brawl. We were lucky to ask the Crazy Cuban a few questions:
San Diego CA
out of North Little Rock Arkansas. U.S. A
- 6"3 145lbs
: Danny Dring, Matt Hamilton, and Toni Emanuel
: Danny Dring
record in pro MMA : 3-0 as a pro. 9-0-1 as an Amateur
135 Danger Zone Amateur champion and Ultimate Reality
Combat Champion at 155.
: What do you think of the UK? Was it your first time?
Delgado : This was my first trip to the UK
and Europe in general. I really enjoyed myself mostly
because it didn't feel much different than home. I was
able to surf the underground,
email family, and hang out with some of Americas future
stars. I had to make weight so I didn't get to try the
"fish and chips". All the fighters from the UK were true
gentlemen. The sportsmanship impressed me a lot.
: What were you impressions of the Extreme Brawl event
and how does it compare to the ones you have been to in
Delgado :Extreme Brawl seems to be a great
organization. There were no surprises. The money, weigh
in's and event in general all went as it was supposed
to. Andy gave us free sweat shirts and had some tasty
sandwiches, chips and drinks in the room where we were
warming up. I have fought for a few promoters and promotions
but Extreme Brawl definitely impressed me the most. Extreme
Brawl seems to have a loyal following. The fans were intense
and seemed to be more involved then some of the shows
here in the U.S. I have nothing but good memories from
Extreme Brawl. Finally I would like to thank Natasha and
Kevin with Extreme Brawl for taking care of all of us
during the whole trip. They made me feel like Royalty
( no pun intended).:)
: What do you think of the standard of the fighters you
saw? Especially our howegrown ones?
Delgado :Unfortunately I only got to see the
Americans fight. I don't watch too many before my fights
because I need time to focus. What I saw in the last three
fights impressed me. English fighters really LOVE to fight.
I had heard that they weren't as technical as Americans
on the ground and that was true in Matt Shaw and Kyle
Jensons fights. Although, I train with the best jiujistu
teachers like Andre Pedernairis, Toni Emanuel, Danny Dring
and Matt Hamilton. When I was attacking Neil he did all
the same defenses that they teach. The way he was trying
to pass my guard and defend the triangles was very technical.
So I think that there is a lot of talent and technique
in the UK but it is too spread out. I think in a few years
the UK will be a strong force in NHB.
: Why "the pink"? ;+) (reference to his pink wrestling
Delgado :My trainer and main sparring partner
is Matt Hamilton. He wore the first Pink Singlet in NHB
fighting. As I was coming up as a amateur fighter he decided
to pass the tradition to me since I was doing so well.
Once I fought in it and got to hear how much the crowd
loved it I decided to keep wearing it. The thing is people
love to hate it and I love the attention.
: Did you know much about Neil McLeod before the fight?
Roli Delgado :I had
done some research on the web. I read that he was a tuff
fighter who could take a punch and had a huge fan base.
I read one article about him slamming out of arm bars
and triangles. After reading that I trained specifically
to counter the slams. After the fight Neil said he couldn't
stand up from the triangle.
: Describe the fight to us. It seemed you were singularly
chasing the triangle.
Delgado :Well, I wanted to make a splash so
I opened up with a flying knee. I over shot it though
and at one point I was in the air looking down to see
if I hit him. I didn't and he took me down and got me
against the fence. This was my first time against a fence
and it sucked. I did work for the triangle because it
is my best move. He played very defensively and so I kept
aggressing since it was stopping him from playing a ground
and pound kind of game. So I use my guard aggressively
because I don't want to get hit. Well he defended very
well but I managed to get the triangle. He had his elbow
out and I couldn't pull it back in. So I under hooked
his leg and swept him. I did this just enough because
I knew he would come back to his knees and in doing so
would sink himself in the triangle. So he did that and
then I got side ways and hugged his body (a trick for
tall people that was developed by Matt Hamilton). Once
I get my arms around the body NO BODY escapes.
: Will you come back and fight?
Delgado : Andy said he would like to bring
me back so of course I will come back. I had a great time.
I would like to bring back my own corner guy though. It
feels weird fighting without your trainer there.
: Thanks Roli, take care and have a great 2003