If you ask me (and I know you didn’t but whatev), no one has more to prove at the IFL’s season opener than Ryan Schultz. The promotion’s first-ever Lightweight champion is coming off a shocking victory over arguably their most popular star in Chris Horodecki. Given the fact that he was such a late replacement, most, if not all, MMA enthusiasts weren’t expecting Schultz to hand Horodecki his very first loss but he did and tomorrow night “The Lion” heads to the ring as the hunted when he puts his belt on the line against John Gunderson.
I spoke to Schultz about the upcoming fight and some other topics, such as:
* Has his life changed since defeating Horodecki?
* Why was he so confident going into that bout?
* Does he expect a rematch against Horodecki fairly soon?
* Does he deserve the right to main event tomorrow’s card?
* His mindset going into the bout as the champion as opposed to a huge underdog
* Has he received enough respect from the MMA community since becoming champion?
Ryan Schultz – 02/28/08