December 29th, 2008  |  Published in EVENTS  |  7 Comments

On January 17th Eric Schafer will face Brazilian fighter and former prison guard, Antonio Mendes, at UFC 92 in Dublin, Ireland. The last time Schafer was in the Octagon was September 17, when he defeated Houston Alexander.

So what do you know about Mendes?
He is a decent striker, tough but not too powerful…

So is the plan the same as when you fought Houston?
Yup, get him down and don’t get KO’d

Do you think this is a tougher fight than Houston?
Yes and no, he is not gonna hurt me, but he will be harder to finish

Have you been sparring with Pat?
Sparred with Pat and Ben Rothwell tonight. They took turns, was not fun…

Any predictions?
Submission first round, haha

you compete in grappling tournaments quite a bit. Most guys tend to stay away from those once they get to the UFC.
A lot of guys are afraid to tarnish their records after a certain point. I like to stay busy to keep the ring rust off

How many have you done since your last UFC fight?
6 matches total, but I was injured for a month after the Houston fight.
Here is a video from 3 weeks ago

Holy cow! that guy should have tapped! Were people scared?
Well it happened in front of 80 kids and there parents so when he started twitching and making noises they were all a bit freaked… not the best time to not tap. That is one of my bread and butter moves though.

So while you were out in vegas you got to work a little with another SP fighter Amir Sadollah. What did you guys do?
We did striking and grappling, Amir is a cool guy.

Any last words?
Just that im looking forward to Ireland, it should be a lot of fun and I hope to put on a good show for everyone. I’d like to thank Sprawl, Gamma-O, and Knockout Brand Clothing for sponsoring me for this fight. I’d like thank Duke Roufus, Pat Barry, Ben Rothwell and all the guys at Roufus Sport for getting me ready for this fight. If your going to be there in Dublin be sure to make it out to D|two club where we will be celebrating after the fight!

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  1. The Wicked says:

    December 29th, 2008at 9:17 am(#)

    Get him brother!

  2. Bartimus says:

    December 30th, 2008at 3:23 pm(#)

    Go team red heads!!!

  3. tyburn says:

    December 31st, 2008at 8:45 pm(#)

    OOOOO Your traveling to the The Republic of Eire. Dublin is a beautiful City, I visited it myself in the year 2000. Naturally I wish you all the very best. Not that familiar with Mendes, it has to be said…but I’m sure you’ll figure out a good gameplan.

  4. Amir Sadollah says:

    January 4th, 2009at 12:30 am(#)

    It was good to meet and work with you a bit Eric. Good luck bud!

  5. Red says:

    January 5th, 2009at 11:11 pm(#)

    It was fun training with you, Amir… Vegas was awesome.

  6. Duke Roufus says:

    January 12th, 2009at 1:48 pm(#)


    This was your best training camp yet! The last day of sparring put a punctuation on your well rounded game. Rep WI as our UFC Fighter & BJJ Black Belt! love ya brotha!

  7. Eric "Red" Schafer says:

    January 14th, 2009at 6:43 pm(#)

    In Ireland now, and the weight cut is going great. Was 225 when I landed on Monday (very bloated from the flight), 220 on Tuesday, and 215 today. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, so I hope I am near 210 when I wake up on Friday. This is my first trip over-seas, so getting over jet-lag was a bit weird. I have been doing 2 smaller workouts a day, and use my free DynaPep Micro Energy Shots to get a little extra energy to fight off the jet-lag. Nothing beats a good sponsor for helping with supplements. Cannot wait for Friday, and the weigh-ins are over. Thanks for all the support,


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