|** MURAT DIREKCI Interview ** by oharra|
Who are the topfighters in K-1 MAX and why you think so?
Almost everyone there is a topfighter, the level is very close to each other, but Andy, Masato & Buakaw stay the favorites.
Do you want to fight Buakaw someday?
Sure, I want to fight all the best fighters in the world, and he's certainly one of them.
How old were you when you started training muaythai?
17, but I've done karate & pincak silat before that.
Who were your favorite fighters when you started training?
Najim Ettouhlali, Ramon Dekker & Mustapha Dédé, for boxing Mike Tyson & Roy Jones jr.
Who would you most like to fight?
I'll fight anyone, I'll never avoid a fighter, I want to have fought the best in the world.
What kind of rules suits you better: full thai rules or K-1 MAX?
I think I can do them both, both of the rules suit me well.
Who is the best pound for pound Turkish muay thai fighter?
I don't know. There are very good ones.
Do you know someone named oharra? (lol)
Yes, He's a student of mine, and a good one too.
Do you watch K-1 World GP?
Yes, mostly I do.
Who are your favorite fighters in the World GP?
I think Peter Aerts is superb, and Badr Hari is doing great either.
Did you ever fight any of the K-1 guys outside of K-1?
Yes, Drago in the Amsterdam Arena (Showtime) in 2005, also fought him already in the B-class in Holland.
How do you look back on your impressive victories you had over Joerie Mes, Fikri Tijarti, Ray Staring, Albert Kraus etc. after you had a few losses in 2005?
Good, it was great, to fight topfighters and win is always great.
Do you have any plans with some of your students to bring them to a higher level?
I've got more than 250 students, with more than 50 ringfighters, we started 4 years ago and we already have 5 A fighters & 4 B class fighters, so there certainly will break some through.
How's kickboxing in Belgium evolving, is it getting as big as in the Netherlands so we can have a K-1 MAX tournament here too?
That might be yes, when I see how the B-class fighers are now, I think so.
What do you think of your last fight with Faldir Chahbari? (rematch, was a draw)
A lot of people with muay thai experience said I won, but it's the judges who decide.
We saw Edwin Van Os (Drago's trainer) in your corner in Japan, did you ask him to coach you there?
I asked him on the plane, because my friend Dédé couldn't be there.
Do you want to say something about your match with Sato?
Somehow my condition wasn't 100%, because I got tired. In Belgium I still was in great shape tough. I also contused my fist in the first round. Hahaha, sato really has a hard head but I certainly want to fight him again!
Ok, Thanks for your time and the interview, do you still have a message for your fans @ K-1fans.com?
I want to thank all my fans here, appreciate all of your support, I'll do my best to make good fights in the future & to score in K-1.
Hope you enjoy it a bit.
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