Scott Epstein took some time to talk with The Hollywood MMA Show about coaching on The Ultimate Fighter Season 11 with Chuck Liddell, the rematch of Anderson Silva vs Chris Weidman, teaching at 10th Planet West LA, and much more!
Today a video was posted of boxing coach Freddie Roach in a confrontation with the training camp of Brandon Rios, whom Manny Pacquiao will be fighting on Nov. 23rd.
Dean believes that nobody should make use of the N-Word in any form. He states that there is no difference between the word used racially or in slang, but he believes it’s a “double standard” depending on who uses it. Dean also comments on the racism controversy between the NFL Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito, and Jonathan Martin.
In the case of Freddie Roach, I believe the Rios camp is in the wrong from the beginning. It's not Manny Pacquiao or coach Freddie Roach's fault that the Rios camp spent their time doing interviews instead of training. If your time's up, then you've got to go. It began with Roach calling Robert Garcia a ‘piece of shit’, which lead to Alex Ariza mocking Roach's Parkinson’s disease, and then kicking him. Only after this point is where Roach said anything about race. I think everybody is in the wrong here in the way things were handled. However, in this video [posted below] the Rios camp is trying to justify their actions based on the ‘Mexican motherfucker’ comment made by Roach, again which occurred after he had been kicked. I've never seen a group of men get so sensitive over words. That's just my opinion, but who am I? I'm just another Mexican motherfucker!
I don’t believe the words Freddie Roach said were racist, but his intent may have come from a racial point of view. I can’t speak for him, so I couldn’t tell you why he chose those words.
All three of these situations were fueled by anger, but there seems to be a misunderstanding when it comes to racism. In a competitive environment racism presumably seems to be accepted more than it is socially, but whether it’s the NFL, boxing, or MMA; Racism should not be tolerated under any circumstance.
I shadowed the MMA legend Bas Rutten as he coached his Elite MMA fighters ringside. Here's the behind the scenes video I shot and edited.
David Kano of The Hollywood MMA Show sat down with the one and only Bas Rutten. Bas talks about teaching at his gym Elite MMA, advice for upcoming MMA fighters, his influence on BJ Penn, and many more stories such as his wife allowing him to try new techniques back in the day as he became the legendary Bas Rutten!