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Jason Reinhardt Interview
November 03, 2007
Jason Reinhardt shows up at UFC 78, with an undefeated record (18-0,) attempting to steal the spotlight from Joe Lauzon. Reinhardt is looking to make the breakthrough that Doug Evans and Leonard Garcia just missed in their UFC debuts. All three earned their way into the UFC by building impressive careers at the regional level. Reinhardt, a Miletich trained fighter, has been a dominant force in the lighter weight divisions throughout the Midwest, but he will be faced with a big challenge as he takes on a bigger fighter in Lauzon.
It seems like you're natural weight is 135 lb, but you'll be fighting
at 155 lb. What's the story?
You were a submission machine early in your career, but recently, you've
been mixing in some KO's. What do you consider to be your strengths?
How did your UFC debut come about?
DH: What is your assessment of Joe Lauzon? What will it take to beat him?
JR: My assessment of Joe Lauzon is that he's a very good fighter. But, he's my enemy right now, and has been on my mind everyday for a long time. (However, not in my head.) There's a big difference. It's going to take me being on my A game to beat him, which I will. I have trained and sacrificed too damn much to be Lauzon's stepping stone. Being the Underdog, places a fire under my ass, every single morning I wake up. I feel they picked the wrong guy for this one. We are about to find out.
DH: Do you think the UFC will be a big step up from the regional events? Or, are you approaching it as any other fight?
JR: Of course the UFC is a big step up for me, but I have had a lot of pressure on me many times in my career. When I fought in King of the Cage pay-per-view in Canada in front of 6,500 people. When I fought on pay-per-view for King of the Cage 10 min. from Miletich's gym, with all my training partners there. And especially when I fight in front of my hometown in Decatur, Illinois. Now, that's pressure. However, fighting in front of millions of people in the UFC on pay-per-view, and the thousands in attendance, is going to be a whole different experience, I'm sure. (oh, I forgot, I'm also fighting in Lauzon's back yard basically) LOL. Let the boo's begin. LOL
DH: Are you friends with Spencer Fisher? Will it be good to have some familiar faces at the event with you?
JR: Am i friends with Spencer Fisher? What gave you that idea? Hell no, I hate that son of a bitch. LOL. Of course I'm joking. Spencer is like my brother. We are the best of friends, and he's helped me so much. What's scary is, he's a better teacher than fighter. People need to start taking advantage of MMA seminars with him. Spencer is a book of knowledge. Keep in mind, Spencer was one of the first guys to show up and do the Gracie Challenge, back in the day. He's been around, and knows a lot. Not to mention, he's a great person who is one of the top instructors at Miletich Fighting Systems. He loves to teach and help young or old fighters (like me) it doesn't matter. and yes, it's great to have him with me by my side for my UFC debut. We fly out Tuesday together.
DH: Pat Miletich has done a pretty good job with fighters making their UFC debuts, is there a secret formula at MFS?
JR: There no secret formula....just work ethic, man.
DH: Who would you like to fight after Joe?
JR: Whoever my manager and the UFC tells me to fight. One step at a time. There is no way I would look past Joe Lauzon. So, this does not even enter my mind. With my 4 fight UFC contract I'm sure they will come up with someone.
How do you see the Fisher vs Edgar matchup going down?
DH: Are you ready?
JR: Am Iready? Come on bro, I'm about to fight in the largest, most well recognized, event in the World in front of millions of people on pay-per-view against a tough-ass opponent, and your going to ask me if I'm ready? You gotta be shittin' me? LOL
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