Murray & Heath Herring
SFUK Holland, 17 September 2002
Murray is on of the UK most promising fighters according
to many insiders. His boxing is superb, he doesnt
tap from a little Ground and Pound and is working hard
for his submissions and groundwork. Training with top
fighters like: Pat Miletich, Remco Pardoel and his superb
boxing coach Terry Coulter. Lee was in Holland so when
I got the chance I did an interview, made some pictures
and watched the young UK fighter.
pictures are with the next people:
Coulter (UK boxing coach)
Pardoel (UFC veteran and grappling trainer)
Zikic (UFC veteran and training partner)
van Halderen (Dutch boxing coach)
Nijman (PRIDE veteran)
Herring (PRIDE fighter)
coached by Terry
of all here are some quotes from Remco Pardoel and Terry
Coulter about Lee.
Since I have been training with Lee he has come to 100%.
He is nice to work with and learns very quick and I am
sure if he gets the breaks he need he will go right to
the top in the sport. He is one of the best prospects
I have worked with for a long time.
Lee came to my gym a year ago. He has improved
a lot on his ground work.
Lee is the man to train with because he helps me a lot
with my boxing
skills. And I can help him to improve his ground game.
He is so descent
that he brings over his boxing trainer to help me out.
That is how
friendship and respect should be...
This next fight is D-Day for us.
His opponent was in Pride twice and if we can beat this
guy. We and the
promoters know that we belong in the major league.......
with the interview :
: What about the fight after UFC 38 with Tito Ortiz?
Murray : We were all outside the club, I had
a chat with Tito and Chuck Liddel before. One of Titos
guy was messing around, he was on the back of Pat Miletich,
it was just for fun I believe. Tony Frykland thought it
was serious, so he came to help. Pat said it was all right,
but the guy from Tito was also angry. Tony Frykland was
pulled away but was still mad. A friend of mine (Paul)
started to talk with the guy from Tito, they started arguing.
Paul got in a fight and punched the guy, then Paul got
punched so I punched him. Then Tito came right at me,
he hit me right on my ear, we clinched, I punched him
2 straight ones, 2 uppercuts and then he went down and
at I kicked him in the face. He didnt went really
KO I think, but he did go down. Matt Hughes jumped on
Tito to protect him and Miletich pulled me away. That
: Tito challenged you after the fight in a interview,
what do you think about it?
Murray : I will fight him if possible. If possible
we will do it like this: I will gain 10 pounds, he looses
10 pounds. And I would like a couple fights before Tito
so I can prove I can fight.
: Any upcoming fights?
Lee Murray : Millennium
Brawl 8. Against Amir Rahnavardi.
: Who are your trainers at the moment?
Lee Murray :Terry
Coulter for boxing & Alexis & Paul (London
Shootfighters ) in UK for ground.
Remco Pardoel in Holland. Pat
Miletich in the US.
: Are you going to do some pro boxing?
Murray : In the future I will be, now I just
concentrate on Vale Tudo.
: What is your goal in fighting?
Murray : Become Champion, UFC or Pride.
: You come a lot to Holland these days, what do you like
Murray : Yes, its good, good guys to train
and fight. Though guys.
: Why is it that you went to Terry and Remco for training?
Murray : Terry is one of the best boxing coaches
/ trainer the UK provides (famous for training Mickey
Cantwell who fought for the world title and a list of
Pardoel is one of the best grapplers in the world, the
best I have ever trained with.
: Are you visiting the Miletich camp soon?
Murray : In a few months I will, hadnt
have time to get there. Pat is just a great help, just
take a look on his camps fighters. For all round
training he is the best. He knows about a fight, what
it takes, what it needs. Just look at his camp.
: What is your opinion at Ian Freemans fight at
Murray : He is a good friend of mine, I speak
a lot to him. I thought it was going to be a hard fight,
but Ian just smashed him. He made look Mir like an amateur.
Wiggert : Who is the best fighter in MMA?
Murray : Many guys are good. You can win from
a guy and loose from the same guy next week, its very
unpredictable, everything can happen. For the UK
: Any last words for the fans? Maybe even for Tito Ortiz?
Murray : Id like to thank all the fans
that follow me, to many names to list, but you guys know
who you are!! Thank you!
: For Tito:
Murray : It should never have happened at the
club. I have full respect for Tito as a fighter and champion.
But when someone is throwing punches at you, you have
to defend yourself. Thats what I did. For all the
people that blame me for this, remember this: It takes
2 to fight, perhaps a little further down the line me
and Tito may fight in the UFC, win, loose or draw. Either
man shake hands and put an end to this for the good of
Murray : Thank you.
& Michel van Halderen