Top 5 UFC Fighters & Fights by Pete Koller (Sick Of It All)
Posted May 26 by Jeanne F. – Decibel
Decibel has mad love for warriors of all kinds. Our younger years were spent bodyslamming couch cushions, absorbing the life lessons of Mr. Miyagi, and plastering our bedroom walls with pictures of Koko B. Ware, Ricky The Dragon Steamboat, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, and Bam Bam Bigelow. Then we grew up and shit got real. Now we’re fixated with mixed martial arts and the Ultimate Fighting Championship aka UFC.
Sick Of It All guitarist Pete Koller shares our fascination, but unlike our puny asses, Koller is also a student of the martial arts (check his physique). He spoke with the Deciblog about his UFC picks, as well as Sick Of It All’s new album Based On A True Story—we’ll post that interview on Friday. After the jump, Koller’s top five fighters, plus videos of his top five fights. It’s clobberin’ time!!!!
Pete Koller: I tried to narrow it down. I’ve been into this since the first [UFC event]. I saw the first one come on, I think it was ’91 or ’92. Three days later, I joined a Jiu-Jitsu class. I thought it was the coolest shit ever. I’ve been following Pride, Dream, UFC, whatever. I have seven top fighters.
7. BJ Penn. Great, amazing, unbelievable Jiu-Jitsu. His flexibility is insane.
6. Wanderlei Silva. Old-school, great fighter, I love the way he trains, and he seems to be one of the nicest guys around.
5. Georges St-Pierre. Can’t beat that, the guy’s amazing.
4. Lyoto Machida. I love him because he brought karate back into the mainstream.
3. Dan Hardy. You gotta like him because the music he walks out to is Cock Sparrer. I was at the Jersey fight a few months ago when he fought Georges St-Pierre and he came out to that I was like, “This is fuckin cool as hell.” And, one other thing, he’s a big Sick Of It All fan.
2. Frankie Edgar. He reinvented himself, trains like a maniac, and kept at it, and now he’s the champ. And another reason, he has a big Sick Of It All dragon tattoo on his shoulder. Gotta put him in for that.
1. Randy Couture. He’s an old guy. Amazing. I got to go to the Xtreme Couture camp for a couple of days and hung out with him and his family and he was cool as hell. The whole reason I was out there, there was a celebrity charity golf tournament for the GI Foundation and that’s Randy Couture’s benefit for GIs who get hurt and can’t work anymore. He does different things every year. He had a three-day long paintball event last year, he did the golf thing, and a poker thing and some of the money goes to that. So I did that.