Eliot Marshall is one of the best light heavy weight fighters not to be fighting on the big stage.  Marshall earned himself a UFC contract after his performance on the Ultimate Fighter Seaon 8.  Marshall won his first three fights against Jules Bruchez at the Ultimate Fighter Season 8 Finale, Vinicius Magalhaes at UFC 97 and Jason Brilz at UFC 103.  Marshall lost his fourth fight to Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC Live Vera vs Jones and was later released by the organization.  Since being released, Marshall has earned two straight victories over former UFC fighter Josh Haynes at Ring of Fire 39 and Adriano Camolese at the Bring the Thunder MMA: Someone’s Going Down event in September.  Marshall is now looking for his third straight victory when he fights Chris Davis at Nemesis Fighting: MMA Global Invasion November 13, 2010 in Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic.  Marshall took time away from his current camp to talk to the MMA Corner about his upcoming fight as well as the future of his career.

The MMA Corner: You are fighting November 13, 2010, how is camp going?
Marshall: Camp is going great.  I have had an excellent camp. There are so many people in camp training for fights right now, Nate, Duane, Brendan just got done fighting, Chaun Sims is fighting on the same card as me, so everybody’s  mentally is “kill” so it has made for a good camp.

The MMA Corner: Chris Davis is very tough opponent, what do you need to do to get a victory in this fight?
Marshall: Go.  Just Go.  I just got to let it go.  If I let it go we are not going to see the end of the third round.  That has been my problem in recent fights, holding back a little bit.  I was just winning.  I can win all day, it is time for me to not let them see the end bell.

The MMA Corner: What made you decide to take this fight?
Marshall:  Why not?  I won’t turn down any offers.  I will take any fight.  The only offers that I will turn down is if they want a long term contract.  Now if they pay big money that is different.  Also I will say this, I am not going to fight anybody that I have already beaten because that does not do anything for me.  If I have already beaten you then don’t ask to fight me.

The MMA Corner: This will be your third fight in four months, how have you been able to stay healthy?
Marshall: I have the best strength and conditioning coach in the world, Loren Landow.  He is a genius.  He is just an absolute genius. My weight has never come off easier.  I have been able to eat as much as I want the entire camp until a few days ago.  Normally I have to eat salad for like eight weeks and I’d be all grumpy and moody. And now I can eat more.  Loren is just a genius.

The MMA Corner: Assuming that you come away from this fight without any injuries how quickly do you want to fight again?
Marshall: Next week.  I will fight again whenever there is another fight.  Actually, I am going to go away for a couple of days after this fight so give me two weeks.

The MMA Corner: Is there any chance that we will see you fight in December?
Marshall:  If I get the offer I am fighting.  If I get the offer and its not for like a thousand dollars then I am fighting.

The MMA Corner:  Your last five fights have gone to a decision, do you feel any added pressure to finish this fight?
Marshall:  Oh yeah, I have to finish, it is a must.  If I don’t finish this fight then I lose.  That is just how I am seeing it from here on out. If I don’t finish my opponent then I lost.

The MMA Corner: Do you believe that a third straight victory will be enough to get you back into the UFC?
Marshall: No.  A win alone is not good enough I have got to finish.

The MMA Corner: You recently signed with Alchemist Management, how do you believe that they will help your career?
Marshall:  You know they have someone that is a huge face.  Look at someone like MC Hammer, you know.  Hammer has over two million followers on twitter.  There is something to be said about that.  I do not have two million followers.  Even the most famous MMA guy does not have two million followers. So the thing is, you have to look at how Hammer is able to cross over to the different genres and the different people.  I don’t care who you are, I am 30 years old and if you are 5 years plus or minus my age you liked MC Hammer and if you say you didn’t, you are lying.  Everybody remembers him, so it is good.  And my actual manager is Lex McMahon and he is a total work horse.  I have been with him for two weeks and he has just been a work horse for me and I’m not even in the UFC.

The MMA Corner: You are widely acknowledge as an excellent jiu jitsu instructor and coach, is teaching and training fighters full time something that you are interested in?
Marshall: I am going to teach when I am done.  Jiu Jitsu is what I love to do most.  Like I love to fight.  Fighting is a personal thing that I don’t think everybody can do.  I think only a very select few can really fight, I mean not just take a fight here and there, but really fight.  I think that it is a one percent type thing and it is not for everybody but Jiu Jitsu is for everybody.  If you look at the true philosophy of Jiu Jitsu teaches not beating people up and making people tap but the discipline that it teaches as well as the idea of how to finish someone and how to come up and be a good black belt.  It can really teach you the proper to way to live.

The MMA Corner: Many of your teammates and the guys that you teach and train with really look up to you, how have you accepted that role?
Marshall: I don’t even though that I have even accepted it.  I don’t know, I guess I’ve been very fortunate in my life.  I come from a good family, I have a good mom and dad and I never needed or wanted anything.  So really that is just luck.  It is just luck.  I just happened to be born to the parents that I was born to and to have been given the opportunities that I have been given.  So if I am lucky, then I need to help other people be lucky too. So when they meet me and they want to be around me and be my friend then I am going to do everything I can to help them and right now this is what I am doing.  This is the area where I can help people.  At the end of the day I don’t care about what happens in the fighting world, I want Chaun Sims to be the world champion.  If I am the world champion then thats great but if Chaun is the world champion then I have succeeded.  The world is bigger then just me.

As Marshall continues to work his way back to the top of the mountain he knows that he could not do it without his team. Marshall wants to thank everyone at Amal Easton Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.  Please go to EastonBJJ.com.  Also, he wanted to thank everybody at Grudge Training Center as well as all of his coaches and teammates.  Marshall knows that if he is going to get back to the UFC, he is going to need to rely on his excellent team of training partners, management and sponsors to help get him there.

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Josh Davis is the owner and President of The MMA Corner, LLC. He has been a fan of mixed martial arts since seeing UFC 1 in his hometown. In addition to his The MMA Corner responsibilities, Josh is the editor of Scrapp! Fight Magazine. Josh has also written for MMA Unleashed and MMA Sports magazines. Josh also manages some of Colorado's best up and coming fighters and is dedicated to the positive promotion of the sport.