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22. NFL Interview: Giavanni Ruffin

Greeting: Welcome back everyone to On The Hot Seat, today I had the opprotunity to interview former East Carolina Pirates running back and current NFL free agent Giavanni Ruffin. Ruffin spoke with me for a little bit about his time as a kid what player he grew admiring we got into a little bit about his high school football career and a little bit about his time at ECU. Please enjoy my live interview with Giavanni Ruffin.

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0QNGahtNXY

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21. Soccer Interview: Matt Luzunaris (Orlando City Soccer Club)

Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, Today I had the honor of interviewing Orlando City Soccer Club player Matt Luzunaris. Matt began his soccer career in Australia where he played for SC Schwanenstadt until the team folded in 2008 from there he spent his time playing SC Weiner Neustadt and Rapid Wein II before finding himself playing for the San Jose Earthquakes in the MLS. This past year the Earthquakes released Matt and he is now currently signed with Orlando City of the USL Pro League. Please follow Matt on Twitter and also keep up with OTHS Interviews on twitter also.

Justin Godsey: Tell us how did you get into playing Soccer ?

Matt Luzunaris: My mom wanted to keep us off the streets and keep us out of trouble, so she figured because soccer was so time consuming that would be the best sport for my brother and I to play. I then fell in love with the sport.

Justin Godsey: You were born in Margate Florida is Margate a big Soccer city in Florida?

Matt Luzunaris: I was born in Margate,FL but didnt grow up there. I grew up in Boca Raton,FL which is literally the next city and yes soccer was huge growing up. The youth rec teams and travel teams were growing each year.

Justin Godsey: Through out your childhood what Soccer player did you grow up admiring?

Matt Luzunaris: To be honest as weird as this sounds I didnt look up to any players. I never really watched it on tv or live professional games. I was to busy being active outside and always doing something.

Justin Godsey: Lets leap into your HS Soccer Career tell us about you playing Soccer in High School?

Matt Luzunaris: Well My freshmen year of HS I played in boca at Olympic Heights High where I was a starter, I then moved to West Boca High for my sophomore year where I was also a starter and captain but was tough because we were a new school. My junior and senior year I went to a boarding school in Rome, GA called Darlington School which had a soccer academy at it where we played college teams in their preseasons and travelled throughout the country to play in tournaments.

Justin Godsey: After High School you trained with New Castle United in England how did the trainers and coaches there help you step your game to a higher point ?

Matt Luzunaris: Man playing in England is every kids dream I would imagine, it was and still is for sure mine! But training with those guys and around the trainers was a real special treat, and I will never forget that short training stint there. The pace of the game, ball movement, mentality to go forward, and just the itch to score there really taught me the key components of being a player as a whole and of course being a dominant striker in the game.

Justin Godsey: From England you returned back to the United States and attended college at Central Florida and won the FYSA State Cup how did that feel return and win a collegiate championship ? 

Matt Luzunaris: The state cup I won was before I attended college and of course that was a  great accomplishment in my youth career and will never forget the times I had with my teammates. As for playing at UCF I only attended and played the first semester of my Freshmen year. I feel I had a good first season there and got what I needed to move onto the next level, that is when I decided to leave school and head overseas to Austria to sign a professional contract.

Justin Godsey: After 1 year at Central Florida you decided to go pro at any point did you want to return to CF or did you wanna jump right into your Pro Career?

Matt Luzunaris: I never regretted leaving school! I made sure that when I made that decision I promised myself I was going to fulfill this dream the fullest and make something of myself. I can always return to school sometime within the next couple years.

Justin Godsey: In 2008, Your pro career began you signed with SC Schwanenstadt when you signed what was on your mind.

Matt Luzunaris: Obviously signing your first pro contract your ecstatic and want to do so many things, but in reality you have to learn. There are a very very few Ronaldos and Messi’s in the world and for all us other humans we must work extremely hard to be successful and in the end some of us aren’t. Im still learning the game but I know with everywhere I have played I have become a much better player each time.

Justin Godsey: For the next 3 years you played Soccer for SV Wienerberg tell us about your 3 yr. tenure with the team

Matt Luzunaris: I didnt get many chances to play at SC Magna Wiener Neustadt but the opportunities to play else where arouse and I did well when I got the chance.

Justin Godsey: Last year on March 25th 2011, The San Jose Earthquakes (MLS) gave you a call and wanted you to play on there team tell us about the phone call and what was your reaction.

Matt Luzunaris: I was very excited and extremely thankful that they were willing to give me this chance to come out there.

Justin Godsey: On April 9th you debuted for the Earthquakes tell us about that day you debuted against Toronto FC ?

Matt Luzunaris: On my debut I didnt come in with much time left, but regardless of the game or the time its always super exciting to make you first appearance for your new club.

Justin Godsey: Last July you returned home to Flordia to play for Orlando City how excited were you to come home to Florida

Matt Luzunaris: I can tell you that was one of the best chances in my whole career! I was soo excited to be back home, and playing for that matter. The club here is an awesome organization and the fans are incredible

Justin Godsey: In your 1st 2 games of the season you scored goals in both games how complicated is it scoring in Soccer.

Matt Luzunaris: To score in soccer is never easy, but when you have a good team behind you who can play you the best balls then it is very easy when you have that.

Justin Godsey: In December you signed with Orlando not as a loan player but a roster player do you have any thought on making your way back to MLS or any other big teams?

Matt Luzunaris: I am just concentrating on what is in front of me at the moment. The past years I have worried about the future always, but now its time to enjoy the present and just do my job and enjoy playing! That is the most important thing.

Justin Godsey: Lets leave our readers off with this what can we look forward to seeing from Matt Luzunaris in 2012 and beyond?

Matt Luzunaris: All i can say for 2012 and beyond is im going to put my head down and just score and do well! Im going to prove to all the Nay sayers its time to shush up and watch!

20.MLB Interview: Kellen Moen (Kansas City Royals)

Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, today I had the opprotunity to interview former Oregon Ducks pitcher and current Kansas City Royals prospect Kellen Moen. Moen was introduced to baseball at the age of 2 when his father introduced him to the sport. Growing up in Alaska he grew up watching the Chicago Cubs and his favorite MLB player Greg Maddux. Going through his High School days Kellen played in Alaska for a year until his parents have decided to move to California. Please follow Kellen’s story from Oregon to the majors please read the interview. http://www.facebook.com/OnTheHotSeathttps://twitter.com/#!/TheJustinGodsey.

Justin Godsey: How do you stay connected with your fans ?

Kellen Moen: I don’t consider myself someone who has a giant fan base so keeping in touch with my fans is fairly easy.  They will often just reach me on Facebook and i’m always glad to have their support.

Justin Godsey: Who introduced you to the sport of baseball ?

Kellen Moen: My father, Randall Moen,  introduced me to HOW to play baseball.  My father says when I was two years old, living on the campus of Yale, I used to drag a giant, red plastic bat around along with a ball and keep myself busy for hours.

Justin Godsey: Growing up in California what LA team did you watch Angels or Dodgers ?

Kellen Moen: For some reason once I got to pro ball everyone assumed I grew up in California.  I actually grew up in Juneau, Alaska (17 years) before moving to California.  Our television growing up consisted of only basic cable so the only games  I could watch were on WGN and TBS.  I have always favored watching the NL teams so I tended to cling to the Cubs and Braves.  I definitely preferred the Cubs because of entertainment of such broadcasters as Harry Caray, Chip Caray and Steve Stone.

Justin Godsey: Who was your favorite player growing up ?

Kellen Moen: Greg Maddux

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your High School Baseball Career ?

Kellen Moen: My freshman year was spent playing in Juneau, Alaska.  Because of the geography of Southeast, Alaska travel becomes very difficult and expensive.  We flew Alaska Airlines to every team we played ( teams consisted of Ketchikan and Sitka, Alaska)  After my freshman year my family and I moved to California.  I played baseball at Palos Verdes Peninsula High for three years.  Coming from Alaska I was expecting the California talent to be outstanding.  It was good but I didn’t have trouble fitting in.

Justin Godsey: What was your recruiting process like ?

Kellen Moen: Out of high school I had a grand total of zero scholarship offers.  I was recruited by one division II school (Cal Poly Pomona) and I would have committed to them but during my phone call with their coach we were interpreted while he was talking to me about bringing me out to campus and offering me a scholarship.  The coach told me to hold on for a second and he would call me back– never happened.  I ended up going to the local JC, El Camino College.  I instantly became great friends with the head coach, Nate Fernley.  To this day Fernley stands as my favorite/best coach I have ever had.  After my first year at El Camino I received two scholarship offers from Division I teams: UC Irvine and BYU.  I ended up turning both of them to return to El Camino to play for Coach Fernley.  Going into my second year at El Camino I was invited to pitch in the So. Cal JC All-Star game.  I threw against 5 batters and within the week I had 25 Division I schools call me.

Justin Godsey: Why did you choose Oregon as your college of choosing ?

Kellen  Moen: Oregon is the happy medium between Juneau, AK and So Cal; weather wise as well as population.  I loved the facilities and the fact that the school had a great football team and a competitive basketball team.

 Justin Godsey: Give us your feeling when you were 1st on the mound in Eugene ?

Kellen Moen: My first outing was my Junior year against Washington.  I came in out of the pen and threw (dont quote me on this) 3+ innings, 0 runs and only 1 hit.  I only threw about 5 innings that year so that was the highlight.

Justin Godsey: How is the environment in Eugene ?

Kellen Moen: Eugene could be the best city ever if… it didn’t rain so much.  The town is 100% a college town.  Without the school Eugene would be the worst city ever.  All the students are very laid back and are generally willing to meet new people without judging.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your experience at Oregon ?

Kellen Moen: College has been the best experience of my life.  The school was awesome. I met a handful of life long friends.  I got lucky with our football team being so great for the years I were there ( we never lost at home) I wish I could stay forever.

Justin Godsey: Last your your dream came true and you were drafted to a team who has the best Farm System in Baseball the KC Royals how excited are you to play for the Royals.

Kellen Moen: I was very excited to play for the Royals.  Honestly, the Royals were probably the team in the MLB that I know about the least.  After meeting all the coaches and GM, Ass. GM I realized that I am extremely fortunate to be surrounded by people that truly care about my being.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your 1st professional game on the mound as a member of the KC Royals Farm System ?

Kellen Moen: My first experience was one to remember.  I believe I threw 1/3 of an inning and I think i gave up 4 or 5 runs.  I couldn’t get anyone out pretty much my whole first short season.

Justin Godsey: What are you working on currently to prepare yourself for the upcoming season ?

Kellen Moen: After short season I was invited to Instructional League.  I threw very well during this time and the reason was I kept my fastball down, didn’t over throw my curveball and threw a very good split/change with confidence.

Justin Godsey: What are we to expect from you in 2012 ?

Kellen Moen: I would expect to see my out of the pen in a similar role to what I did at Oregon.  I would expect about an average of 3 mph on my fastball along with a more consistent curveball.  I truly believe my future depends on split.  Hitters do not recognize it very well and it has the movement to be able to make a mistake with it.

19. NFL Interview: Thaddeus Lewis (Cleveland Browns)

Greetings: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, today I had the opportunity to interview former Duke Blue Devil and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis. Thaddeus was introduced to the sport of football by his older brother who was playing quarterback and ever since Thaddeus saw his brother he has always wanted to follow in his foot steps. Growing up Thaddeus became the Varsity quarterback for his team during his 4 years of  High School before committing to his Alma Mater Duke University. Thaddeus played quarterback for Duke form 2006-2009 and there he set records for most passing yards and passing touchdowns. Lewis, after his tenure with the Blue Devils, found himself declaring for the 2010 NFL Draft but went undrafted. Thaddeus later signed as a undrafted free agent with the Rams where he played for a short tenure, Thaddeus currently plays for the Browns and hopes to see some playing time in 2012. Please enjoy the interview please follow Thaddeus on Twitter @ t_lew9.

Justin Godsey: How do you stay connected with your fans ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Well I just got on twitter so I hope to stay connected through that.

Justin Godsey: Who Introduced you to the sport of football ?

Thaddeus Lewis:  My older brother(Nakia) played football and I wanted to do everything he did so I would say him.

Justin Godsey: Growing up in Florida did you ever have a dream on becoming the quarterback of the Dolphins or Jaguars ?

Thaddeus Lewis:  Never had dreams of becoming the quarterback of neither team.

Justin Godsey: Growing up what football player played a big inspiration on you to become a NFL Athlete ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I would say just watching football in general and playing QB.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your High School Football Experience ?

Thaddeus Lewis: High school was fun I was a 4 year starter on varsity at QB made it to the final quarter finals. 

Justin Godsey: Your senior year at Miami Lakes High School you led your team to the playoffs tell us about your playoff experience ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Playoffs were fun but didn’t make it to the state championship so felt like we failed. 

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your College Recruitment to Duke ?

Thaddeus Lewis: One day in practice duke came out to practice and offered me but visiting the campus won me over and meeting the people there. 

Justin Godsey: Why was Duke your college of choosing and what other colleges really pursued you ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I picked duke because I thought about life after football as people would say plan B. But other schools that recruited me tough were Pitt, South Florida, and TCU.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your 1st game as a member of the Blue Devils ?

Thaddeus Lewis: First game I was very nervous I actually called the play but forgot the routes but I got hit and threw the ball away and all the butterflys went away and I didn’t look back since.

Justin Godsey: Tell us a little more about your time at Duke ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Time a Duke was cool I mean its college its the best 4 years of your life. 

Justin Godsey: You hold records for most Passing Touchdowns and Passing Yards at Duke how does it feel being a record holder on such a prestigious school ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Feels good to be a record holder and have something to look back on and say those are the things I accomplished in college. But records are made to be broken who knows some one might come alone and break mind. 

Justin Godsey: Do you have a bestfriend at Duke ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Yes Leon Wright he was my roommate for 4 years. 

Justin Godsey: How hard was it leaving Duke University to pursue your NFL Career ?

Thaddeus Lewis: Not hard at all ultimately my goal was to pursue a NFL career and duke prepared me for that. 

Justin Godsey: You went Undrafted in 2010 but later signed with the St. Louis Rams tell us about your tenure with the Rams ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I loved St Louis was grateful that they gave me an opportunity and I’m truly humble for my time there. 

Justin Godsey: After a short tenure with the Rams, you signed with the Cleveland Browns tell us about the move to Cleveland ?

Thaddeus Lewis: I got released and cleveland pick me up off waivers so it was a quick transition had to start studying clevelands playbook. 

Justin Godsey: How are Colt McCoy and veteran qb Seneca Wallace really helping you step your game up ?

Thaddeus Lewis: ust being a competitor and wanting to contribute to your team drives me and I know if something were to happen to both those guys I would have to be ready to step in and play well.

Justin Godsey: What are we to expect from you in 2012!

Thaddeus Lewis: I’m gonna work hard this offseason and compete and be ready for whatever opportunity presents its self this year.

18. NCAA Interview: Andrew Gay (Dartmouth Big Green)

Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, Today I had the opportunity to interview Sophmore quarterback Andrew Gay of the Dartmouth Big Green football team. Andrew started playing football at a young age where he grew up watching the Seattle Seahawks and admiring his favorite quarterbacks Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. Going into his High School football days Andrew was named Team Captain of his High School football team before taking his talents to college. Andy was scouted by many D-1 schools such as Boise St., Oregon St. and Washington but chose Dartmouth do to great academics. Please enjoy my interview with Andrew Gay quarterback of the Dartmouth Big Green football team and please follow Andy on Twitter at @andygay7.

Please Listen to the Exclusive Interview with Andrew Gay here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYRjjxIh02E

17. MLS Interview: Jalil Anibaba (Chicago Fire)

 

 

Greeting: Welcome back to On The Hot Seat, Tonight I had the chance to interview MLS star Jalil Anibaba, Anibaba was introduced to the sport of Soccer back when he was growing up in California where his father introduced him to the sport. Going through his High School days Jalil played soccer his freshman year along side his 2 brothers who helped Jalil through out High School. From High School to college Jalil played his Freshman-Junior seasons at Santa Clara until his Senior year where he transfered over to North Carolina to play for the Tar Heels. Jalil now finds himself playing in the MLS and the Chicago Fire please read his story below and make sure to follow him on Twitter at @NigerianFuture.

Justin Godsey: Tell us how you stay connected with fellow Chicago Fire fans ?

Jalil Anibaba: Our fans do an amazing job of supporting us as players and as an organization so building a connection with them is easy. We interact with them at events and functions fairly often. Social media also offers a realm that allows us to get to know our fans better as well.

Justin Godsey: Who introduced you to the sport of Soccer ?

Jalil Anibaba: My father, Jammal introduced me to the sport.

Justin Godsey: Growing up in California what Soccer Team and Player did you grow up wanting to be on and be like?

Jalil Anibaba: As a young player I really admired a Nigerian international star named Kanu. I wanted to be like him on the pitch and dreamed of playing for Arsenal like he did at the height of his career.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your High School Soccer Career at Davis Senior College ?

Jalil Anibaba: High School ball in Davis was a great experience for me. My freshman year was the last time that I was on the same team with my two older brothers who I attribute large amounts of my maturation to.  With that said, I also learned a lot from our head coach, Ashley Yudin. He’s a great manager and he lead us to a title, so to say the least my time representing Davis Sr. High was a true honor.

Justin Godsey: In High School you were named California Gatorade player of the year how big of a honor was it to win the award ?

Jalil Anibaba: I was able to find myself in the running for the award because of my teammates and coaching staff. I had a tremendous team my senior year and a coach who believed in us so I just tried to play my part. Ultimately winning the award was a great honor because it showed that our Davis community is more than capable of preparing its kids to excel.

Justin Godsey: Why did you choose Santa Clara as your college of choosing ?

Jalil Anibaba: Santa Clara University is an amazing school that offers first class academics. During the time I was being recruited there was no better option over SCU.  An opportunity to play for a top caliber program, close to home, while pursuing a high level education was a blessing that I wasn’t willing to pass on.

Justin Godsey: How does it feel being named capatain of the Santa Clara Soccer Team ?

Jalil Anibaba: It was humbling to be named the team captain, especially so early on in my college career. I felt that I was simply being given an opportunity to bring special qualities to the team in a way that allowed my passion for the game to be shared throughout the locker room.

Justin Godsey: Why did you transfer to North Carolina for your senior year of College ?

Jalil Anibaba: I clearly had aspirations of becoming a professional soccer player and I felt that transferring to UNC was best for my career. Often times difficult decisions stand in the way of obtaining a dream, but I feel that in the end, I would not have started nor finished my college career in any other way.

Justin Godsey: You won many awards at UNC like NSCAA Second Team All-America, NSCAA First Team All-Region, First Team All-ACC, ACC All-Tournament Team and 2007 WCC Freshman of the Year. What does winning all these award mean to you.

Jalil Anibaba: Those awards simply show that I was a part of amazing teams on both campuses.  The awards that I obtained at UNC where the result of me being surround by spectacular teammates and the same goes for my time at SCU.

Justin Godsey: From College your dream became reality when you were drafted in the 1st round of the MLS Draft 9th overall by the Chicago Fire give us your reaction to making it to the MLS ?

Jalil Anibaba: The draft was a great day for me and my family. As soon as my name was called I felt an immense rush of happiness and excitement that will be hard to duplicate in life. It was the perfect time to be surrounded by family and friends and a great way to have started my career.

Justin Godsey: What was going through your mind when you were walking out of the tunnel in your 1st MLS game for the Fire ?

Jalil Anibaba: I was anxious of course, but ready to prove myself. Ready to prove that I belong at this level and that I was there to compete. Therefore, I was thinking about winning.

Justin Godsey: You socred your 1st MLS goal vs the Colorado Rapids how hard was it scoring the goal ?

Jalil Anibaba: It’s always great when you can help your team win with a goal. It was a hard-fought match and I’m glad I was able to help us advance in the tournament.

Justin Godsey: In your 1st season with the Fire you set records for most appearences by rookie how does it feel to break that record?

Jalil Anibaba: It feels good to now have that experience under my belt and I hope to build on that moving forward. I have to be honest in saying that in my rookie season I had a few veterans in Logan Pause, Pavel Pardo, and Cory Gibbs who took me under and their consistent advice helped me tremendously.  Therefore, they are the reason I was able to reach such an award my rookie season.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your style of play ?

Jalil Anibaba: I am a hard working defender that likes to keep the ball and play good soccer. I consider myself a vocal player as well and I use my voice on the field to build bonds with the players around me.

Justin Godsey: How has the Fire coaching staff help you prepare for the upcoming season ?

Jalil Anibaba: This offseason was good for me because I was able to focus on individual aspects of my game such as speed, power, agility, and stamina thanks to our strength and conditioning coach, Tony. That allowed me to come into camp with a good fitness base and I was ready to start this season off right.

Justin Godsey: What are we to expect out of you in 2012 ?

Jalil Anibaba: I hold high standards for myself.  This year one can expect me to seek improvement on a daily basis. Constantly raising my individual level within the realm of our team objectives will hopefully help us obtain our goals in 2012.

16. UFC Interview: “The Immortal” Matt Brown

Greeting: Welcome back fans to On The Hot Seat, Today I had the opportunity to interview UFC fighter Matt “The Immortal” Brown. Brown has one very inspiring stories and he opened up to me and told me about his drug addiction to finding his way to getting his shot at becoming a professional fighter in the octagon. Please read the interview with Matt Brown, you can contact Matt on Twitter at @IamTheImmortal.

Justin Godsey: How do you stay connected with your fans ?

Matt Brown: Twitter and Facebook usually. If their are any other ways I will gladly do them too.

Justin Godsey: Tell us how you got into fighting ?

 Matt Brown: Tried it a few times, without training, enjoyed it, so I just went at it hard as I could and here I am now.

Justin Godsey: Before jumping into your MMA Career, You took a path to drugs and alcohol addiction why did you walk down that path you did to the party lifestyle ?

Matt Brown: Looking back I can realize that the reason I did what I did was simply a lack of goals and focus in my life. At that time of my life (young and dumb) I didn’t feel any ambition or desire to do anything special with my life. I just lived day to day and didn’t care if there was a tomorrow.

Justin Godsey: How did you fight your way out of the partying lifestyle ?

Matt Brown: MMA got me out of it. It gave me a reason not to go party, a reason not to drink, snort, inject, or whatever. It gave me something I love enough to quit.

Justin Godsey: How did you get your nickname “The Immortal” ?

Matt Brown: Originally, a few friends joked about it after I overdosed on heroin and had a few other brushes with death. I got it tattooed on my stomach as a reminder of what I was and what I can be. It was never a MMA nickname until I had a fight at a local club and the promoter used it as my nickname. I didn’t want it to be my nickname but everyone started calling me Immortal anyway so I use it now.

Justin Godsey: Who introduced you to MMA ?

Matt Brown: A friend of mine named Joe Herald gave me a VHS of one of the first UFC’s. I can’t remember the exact one but I know it had Tank Abbott because I idolized him and Royce for a while after that until I watched the Pride fight between Royce and Sakaraba.

Justin Godsey: You got your big shot at a UFC career by making the Ultimate Fighter Griffin vs Rampage. How has Griffin step your game up during your time on the show ?

Matt Brown: Forrest showed us what it’s like to live the lifestyle of a pro. We all trained hard before that, but Forrest took it to a new level and pushed us harder than most of us had been pushed before. He also brought in great coaches regularly to show us high level guys in different aspects of mma to make us all realize how much we sucked.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your fighting style ?

Matt Brown: Muay Thai and boxing is my foundation. I have worked very hard and focused a lot on other aspects of my game over the years.

Justin Godsey: Who do you currently train with ?

Matt Brown: Westside Barbell, Ohio RTC, Iron Tiger, Ronin Training Center, and Throwdown Training Center.

Justin Godsey: How many sessions do you do preparing for your fights ?

Matt Brown: 2-3 per day. 6-7 days per week.

Justin Godsey: Tell us about your UFC Debut Bout vs. Matt Arroyo ?

Matt Brown: It was a rematch, I expected for Arroyo to only look for takedowns the whole fight but he surprised me by throwing some punches and kicks. He caught me with some really hard shots. I was able to break him down over the first round and by the second he was not as confident in his stand up and starting to wear down. He ended up pulling guard on me and I got in some good punches from guard and got the ko/tko.

Justin Godsey: Lets jump to current day, What are your personal thoughts on your UFC 145 bout vs. Stephen Thompson ?

Matt Brown: He is by far the trickiest opponent I have faced. I believe my stand up is superior though. He obviously has an amazing kickboxing record but I don’t believe he has ever faced someone like me. I feel that his competition to this point has been subpar and he is taking a big step up facing me and I will be looking to knock him out and give him a proper welcome to the UFC.

Justin Godsey: How are you preparing for your upcoming bout ?

Matt Brown: Going to try to find some good kickboxers. I train with the best Thai fighters in the country but they don’t emulate Thompsons style, so I will try to come across some guys that can emulate him and try to construct a gameplan based on how I do with them.

Justin Godsey: Your wife gave birth to twins in 2010 how hard is it to travel away from your family to make a living in fighting ?

Matt Brown: It’s extremely hard. I miss them even when I go to the gym for a couple hours. As long as I put together some good wins it will be worth it for them though.

Justin Godsey: Is there anything you would like to say to the fans ?

Matt Brown: Please follow me on twitter!

— Personal Questions–

Justin Godsey: What is on your Ipod ?

Matt Brown: I have over 10,000 songs on my iPod. Adding new ones all the time.

Justin Godsey: What is your favorite pre-fight meal ?

Matt Brown: Salmon Teriyaki !

Justin Godsey: What fighter are you very close to in the UFC ?

Matt Brown: A lot of them

Justin Godsey: Do you plan on opening up a gym in at all?

Matt Brown:  Hope to some day, as for now I do not need the distraction as I am focusing on being the best fighter I can be.