Murray v Jose Pele Landi
Murray post fight interview by Ashley Webb, Extreme Force, London 13 July 2003
was the fight Lee Murray had always dreamed of. Pele was the man he wanted. He
admired Pele's style, his aggression and the fact he was 'from the streets'. Murray
had trained harder than ever before for this fight, and he had always, always
predicted a knockout. (But then that what he predicts for all his fights - and
he's usually right!)
Congratulations on your fight Lee. Do you think that this has put you up a level
in the eyes of the world?
Murray : Its put me to the top. This is a big step for me. I know now
that Pride and UFC have gotta open their eyes to me now, they gotta take me. Theres
no ifs or buts now. Peles never been stopped. I knew that once I landed
my shots on him he aint standing for my power, there aint no 185(lb)
fighter in the world that can stand to my power. No-one stands to my power.
Absolutely, from what I understand Pele is still a little groggy even now.
Murray :If you go out there now he is probably still in the ring, probably
still sleeping, goin like that *rolls eyes back and hangs tongue out* catchin
AW: How do you
think that the fight went up until then?
Murray : He was a tough guy. I knew Pele was a tough guy anyway. I
knew I was expecting a long fight. I didnt think I was going to go in and
just knock him out straight away. I knew I had to bide my time and wait for my
opening. His clinch work was strong. He got me round the back of the neck, and
it was tough, but I knew he was going to be tough, thats what he likes to
do, he likes to clinch, he likes the knees, but I knew that once I landed my shot
he was going down. His chin aint gonna take the power.
What do you call that kick from the back that you hit at the end of the first
Murray : Oh yeah yeah, thats a Pele kick! (laughs). Give him
a bit of his own medicine you know?!!.
Awesome kick. Whats next for you?
Murray : Its gotta be Pride or UFC, either one, whatever door opens
really. Peles rated as one of the best stand up fighters at 185 in the world,
and I just knocked him the fuck out. And no-ones ever done that.
Coulter (Murray's boxing coach): And it wasnt a lucky punch. Lees
got good people around him. We train hard, we work hard. London Shoot, I do his
boxing. We really work hard, and we really grafted for this. It was no lucky punch.
UFC and Pride have got to give this guy the credit he deserves.
Murray : He didnt have the power. I was taking his punches all
day, he could hit me all day and it werent affecting me at all. I just had
to bide my time and wait until I got my punch in. Thats all I needed, one
AW: Well I know
that we are looking forward to seeing what the world has got to say.
Murray : All them bums on the internet saying "yeah yeah yeah,
it was a sucker punch, he aint this, he aint that", lets see
what they have got to say about that now, yeah?
I read on the an internet forum this week a guy saying Lee who? So I guess now
people should be saying the guy who knocked Pele the fuck out".
Murray : The name's Lee Murray and any 185 fighter that gets in the
ring with me, he best be prepared for a war.
Well congratulations Lee. Im sure all the guys in London will be hoping
that you take it right to the top. So thanks again.
Murray : Thanks
'Pele' Landi post fight interview (translated by Renzo Gracie), Extreme Force
13 July 2003
Well Pele, obviously not a good end to the night for you. But I think up until
that point most people thought that you were edging the fight. How did you feel?
Was it just one of those nights?
: The thing (punch) was so surprising that I didnt even see.
When I saw I was down. It was so easy the fight before that, then suddenly I was
caught by a lucky punch.
Ok, have you fought anyone before who hits that hard?
: Never. Never in my whole life have I been hit like that. Ive
never been knocked out in my whole life. I thought that it would be a very easy
fight, I thought that I could completely control him. I thought it would be very
AW: The fight
got stood up very early. What was that about?
: I thought it was very fast and that there was no reason for the referee
to bring us up in such a short time.
Gracie: I believe they believe that was the only chance the guy had, is his left
(right) hand, so they tried to bring the fight up as often as they could so they
could try to win the fight that way.
So you feel that if you could keep the fight on the floor more then it would have
gone your way?
: Since I lost the fight I cannot even judge right now about that.
But I came to win and if I could have kept the fight on the ground I could have
kept my game, even standing up the way I was doing I could have won the fight
AW: Really good
to see you fight tonight, please come back again, muchas gracias
Pele Landi is a MMA legend. One of the most exciting fighters on this planet.
We sincerely hope he comes back to fight on this island again.
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