Ring of Honor Champion, Davey Richards, did an interview with ProMMAnow.com. You can (and should) read the whole interview.
I thought I'd pass along a couple of points from the interview and you can check out the whole thing through the link above.
"It wasn’t like today where you’ve got a lot of guys who are on there who wouldn’t last three seconds in a real fight." That part stood out to me because it it the truth. When I was at the ROH press conference, Davey Richards really does come off as a legitimate tough guy in person. That isn't true about all wrestlers, nor do they all train the way he does.
PRO MMA NOW: What was it that led you to choose a career in professional wrestling over say a career in MMA?
DAVEY RICHARDS: Well when I started looking at wrestling, mixed martial arts was not extremely popular and I had grown up watching professional wrestling. Those guys back when I was growing up, like Dynamite Kid, were every bit as tough as an MMA fighter. It wasn’t like today where you’ve got a lot of guys who are on there who wouldn’t last three seconds in a real fight. To me a pro wrestler was every bit the athlete that a mixed martial artist was. I have an equal love for both, but I grew up watching professional wrestling. That’s what I wanted to be for a long time, but it doesn’t negate my love for mixed martial arts or martial arts period.
PRO MMA NOW: How would you say that your MMA training has helped your professional wrestling career?
DAVEY RICHARDS: I mean you can tell a real athlete from a pretend athlete in wrestling. I’ve said that for a long time. I have no interest in doing pretend wrestling and being a pretend athlete. I’ve been an athlete since I was 10 when I started wrestling, and I’m an athlete today through Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. That’s something that people can tell. Athletes have a different mindset. When things get hard they work harder. They don’t quit and they don’t back down. You can’t teach someone that. Only if you’ve been out there and you’ve been in deep waters as an athlete can you understand that. So it has helped me a lot.
Another question that get asked quite often, "What is it about ROH?" He also tackled that question as well.
PRO MMA NOW: Now you’ve said before that you really enjoy wrestling for Ring of Honor. What is it specifically that you enjoy about ROH, and what do you think sets it apart from the other professional wrestling companies out there?
DAVEY RICHARDS: It’s the fact that we are athletes and we take what we do seriously, as an athlete should. You know competition is very fierce there. Everyone wants to have the best match and everyone wants to perform the best. It’s that kill or be killed mentality. It’s like when I go to Japan. If you can’t keep up they’re going to smash you. That’s the way it should be and that’s what I like about it.
Overall, this is a good interview to get to know Davey Richards. Check it out and let us know what you think.