Scroobius Pip on MMA

by B Thornton- Harwood

Scroobius Pip is a mixed martial arts fanatic after discovering the sport around seven years ago whilst working in HMV, and when he’s not fulfilling his role as one half of British Hip-Hop duo, Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip, he Tweets the latest action from all pay per views and was kind enough to chat with me about his thoughts on the latest action in the world of MMA.

Who do you think are the rising stars of the sport, or people to keep an eye on?

Tough one really, as they’re all falling at the wayside recently, I really thought Ryan Bader was gonna be up there, although everyone expected Jon Jones to walk through him I believe he had what it took to stop Jones, because he’s got a great wrestling base and very heavy hands.

What about from the UK?

I think, from a British point of view, Ross Pearson is a great and someone that can push through, he’s looking strong.

Do you think the British fighters have the potential to be as big as the Americans and Brazilians?

Sadly what most of the British fighters will have as their main base is boxing or kickboxing just because it’s always been popular over here, but at the moment you need the stronger wrestling or BJJ base.

Saying that, Bisping has actually got a really good ground game and is a very solid wrestler and his ground and pound is great too, so he can dominate on the deck.

We’re at a time where you’re getting people training in MMA, it’s been around long enough now, so there’s definitely tonnes of potential for the Brits.

Speaking of Bisping, what did you think of the knee incident to Rivera a couple of weeks back?

I thought he exposed himself to be a right dickhead to be perfectly honest!

I wasn’t impressed; if you are that emotional it can be tough, it was more the spitting at him afterwards, continuing the verbal game that’s just shameful and he just seems to be his own worst enemy.

What fights in the near future are you looking forward to?

There are loads! Jon Jones vs Rua, I just don’t know where to put my money there. I think Jones is great but slightly untested, he’s always been able to do his thing, he’s never met anyone that can stop him a bit, and I’d quite like to see how he reacts when he does ‘cause he is quite inexperienced.

Outside of the UFC I’m really looking forward to Dailey vs Diaz, because I love Diaz’s style. He’s so bizarre and abrasive. But I feel like Paul Dailey can just knock anyone out now at any time, so it’s really interesting to see Diaz’s chin tested against Dailey.

What do you think of the idea of GSP vs Silva?

I really don’t know! GSP’s built for Welterweight. And he would have to give up the belt he’s won, give up his impressive unbeaten record to go up and fight someone bigger than him, and he’ll have to be the underdog going into that fight, and why should he have to do that?

Saying that, he’s cleaned out the rest of the division, so there’s a lot of argument for it, although personally I’d rather see Sonnen get another shot at the Middleweight title. Or if Jon Jones does well in the Light Heavyweight then perhaps Silva who’s fought there before move up in class.

GSP hasn’t got an ounce of fat on him, he’s the perfect Welterweight, I’d love to see it obviously, but it’s a massive ask of GSP, almost disrespectful to someone who’s done so well and dominated to say, “well that’s not good enough, we want to see you beat a bigger bloke, who’s dominated even more”.

Catch Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip at this year’s Bestival Festival on the Isle of Whight, where he’s also curating 2 days of spoken word poetry in the new Ambient Forest.