Joe Rogan sits down with TFC trainer Hot Rod INTERVIEW WITH HOTROD Hello TFC fans, Joe Rogan here , your color commentator for all of the TFC events. I had a chance to sit down with Hot Rod, one of the top trainers in the TFC and discuss everything from his training program, to his current fighters, to his decision not to partner up with any of the fight teams in the TFC. Here is what he had to say: ------------------------------------------------------------------ Joe Rogan: I'm here with arguably, the best trainer in the TFC right now, Hot Rod. How you doing man? I imagine your really busy these days with your fighters and their training regimen? Hot Rod: We're always busy at camp. We have 2 title defenses coming up at the next PPV so everyone is putting in a lot of work around here. JR: People have said your one of the top trainers in the TFC. Records speak for themselves. Currently you have the HW Champ Cheick Kongo , the LW champ Sean Sherk and up and coming WW Anthony Johnson in your camp. Combined, your 3 fighters are a ridiculous 10-1. What's your secret man? HR: The main thing that I stress to my fighters is to be more prepared than their opponent. My guys spend a lot of time in the gym working on their craft and we don't mess around here. I don't allow any slacking, when you come into my gym I am going to make you work hard as hell. When you are the more prepared fighter it gives you the advantage. When my guys get into that octagon we are there to win and we don't think anyone can beat us and so far that has been the case. JR: All 3 of your fighters are wrestlers. Is that something you prefer? Having a wrestling background over say BJJ? HR: Wrestling is what I know best. I do appreciate the other styles like BJJ and Judo but I feel for the style of fighting I like to teach wrestling fits the best. What I like best about wrestling is the fact that the ability to be successful with takedowns and slams allows the fighter to be the aggressor and stay on offense. JR: Your plate is pretty full these days. Rumble Johnson is on the current TFC card fighting the debuting Mitsuyo Maeda. And Kongo and Sherk have their 1st title defenses coming up at our next PPV against Brock Lesnar and Grey Maynard. How do you manage training all 3 guys for 3 very different opponents? HR: We bring in some outside guys to spar with depending on what styles our fighters opponent may be. We like see what advantages/disadvantages are present for each style. We take a look at our opponents' previous fights to see what kind of strategy we could expect. We do our research and find out what our opponents strengths and weaknesses are. JR: Who do you think your fighter's toughest challengers will be? Guys they haven't fought yet that you think might give them some trouble? Who do you want to see them face? HR: Well for Kongo I think Brock Lesnar will be a tough test for him. Lesnar is a physical specimen and I know Cheick won their first matchup but Lesnar has more fights under his belt so I expect a tougher fight the second time around. I also think we'll end up having another big meeting with Arlovski down the road. In the lightweight division I'd say Kenny Florian will be tough competition. Florian matches up pretty well with Sean. I don't see anyone else giving Sherk any problems the way he has been fight. For Anthony Johnson I really want to see what he can do versus the top contenders in the welterweight division. Thiago Alves and GSP have proven to be the cream of the crop so Rumble needs to prove he can hang with those guys if he wants to be champion. JR: Last question Hot Rod, you have not partnered up with any of the TFC's fight teams? Is this by choice? Do you think doing your own thing is for the best? Or is something in the works, maybe even forming your own fight team? HR: You know, when the TFC was formed I saw a lot of these fighters joining camps and I did consider joining a camp. When it came down to it being the competitor that I am, I wanted my guys to have free reign to fight any and everybody. I want all my guys to dominate the TFC and we want to keep our own brand of fighting in house. I like being the lone star so to speak. As far as forming my own fight team, that might be something to be considered down the road. I would like to see how the TFC shapes up over the next few PPVs. If it looks like some fighters could use some of my tutelage and it will benefit the league then I would be willing to form a team. Right now I'm just focusing on making my 3 guys the best in the TFC. JR: Thanks alot for your time and for being so candid in this interview. Good luck with your upcoming fights.