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Planet Tatami: Is it confirmed that you will fight in the next Cage Rage? If yes, against who?
Elvis Sinosic: : Yes it is confirmed, all the contracts are signed. I am fighting Mark "The Beast" Epstien at Cage Rage 19.
Planet Tatami: You are an athlete of what organization? It's better to sign a long contract or only one contract for fight?
Elvis Sinosic: : I am currently a freelance fighter, I fight for any organization. It all depends on the contract. Sometimes it's better to sign for one fight; sometimes it is better to sign a long term agreement. It all depends on the individual and the conditions being offered. Fighters needs to make that decision for themselves.
Planet Tatami: You fought in Australia, Japan and USA. What's the difference between the events in this countries?
Elvis Sinosic: : The truth is that are more similar than they are different. Every event I have been to have treated the fighters well. Every fan I have met has been cool and respectful. The only real difference between organizations is the budget. So have more money than others. The fans are all the same around the world, they all love their MMA and have their favorites. They just sometimes have different ways of showing it. I haven't fought in an event or a place that I haven't enjoyed.
Planet Tatami: Wich category of weight you feel yourself better?
Elvis Sinosic: : I fight at Light Heavyweight, 205lbs or 93kg.
Planet Tatami: This year in some fight, we saw that the fights was decided by the physical preparation. You give much emphasis in this part, or only improves the technique?
Elvis Sinosic: : I think physical preparation is just as important as skill development. I try and spend as time as possible in both areas. I am always trying to improve my abilities and when I am preparing for a fight I want to know that when I step up I am the best I can possibly be. Sometimes though due to external factors, this doesn't always go to plan. So you have to make the most of what you do have.
Planet Tatami: The value of the Pride Real Deal's stock exchange was considerate very low. With the money of the events, you can live only as a professional fighter?
Elvis Sinosic: : No, for myself, the money from MMA is not enough to survive. I need to have a career outside of fighting to be able to survive. Luckily for me I run a martial arts school, www.spma.net.au, which allows me to stay involved with MMA even when I am not preparing for a fight. But without it, I would not be able to fight. It is possible for the top guys to survive on the money from the events, and hopefully in time that will trickle down to the fighters who are fighting their way up to the top.
Planet Tatami: There's any negotiation for you back to fight in the UFC?
Elvis Sinosic: : At this point in time there are no negotiations for myself to fight in the UFC. At the moment I am negotiating for my training partner, Anthony Perosh, to fight in the UFC again.
Now speaking of the MMA in Australia
Planet Tatami: You are one of the pioneers in Australia to fight in other countries. How is this recognition in Australia?
Elvis Sinosic: : Yes, I was one of Australia’s MMA pioneers, spreading the word of Australian MMA across the globe. The level of MMA recognition in Australia is still low. Though it is still growing, we are still quite a few years away from where MMA is in places like the US and Japan. But hopefully with time that will change. Every year MMA here gets bigger and bigger.
Planet Tatami: The Australian public likes MMA? The events in Australia are transmitted live? The newspapers and the television give space for the sport?
Elvis Sinosic: : The fans who watch MMA loves MMA. Sadly at this point there very little if any MMA at all that is shown on Australian TV. Very little newspaper coverage of MMA as well. Though local papers do still support the sport in the areas they are happening. The good thing is that at least now we are getting positive coverage sometimes rather than a few years ago when they would only publish negative articles. Hopefully with time this will grow and change.
Planet Tatami: Today, who you would detach as great names of the Australian MMA?
Elvis Sinosic: : We have a few good Australia fighters out there. Just to name a few, Anthony Perosh, is probably one of the best out there right now representing Australia. George Sotoropolous (I think he is now known as George Sotos) is doing well recently fighting and winning in Japan. Kyle 'KO' Noke is also doing well, recently beating an tough US opponent. Jacob "Dinosaur Jake" Sidic is also making waves and I think is ready to step up to international competition.
Planet Tatami: There's any rivalry between the academies in Australia?
Elvis Sinosic: : As with any MMA fight teams, nobody likes losing. There is some good competitive rivalry in the ring, but outside it's all good.
Elvis Sinosic: :: Thank Planet Tatami for letting me have the opportunity to have my say and let everyone know what I am up to. I want to thank my training partner Anthony Perosh for all his support. I want to thank all my students for believing in me. I want to thank my sponsors, Fairtex, Atama, Musashi and Interact Health & Fitness for continuing to stand by me.
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