by Mick Hammond – MMAWeekly.com
From Pancrase to the UFC to Pride, Allan Goes has fought just about everywhere in MMA. Now on the comeback trail, Goes will make his debut for yet another promotion on September 9th as he joins Maurice Smith’s Tiger Sharks team in the IFL.
MMAWeekly caught up with Goes as he began preparations to take his skills to an all-new game, the team-based combat of the IFL. Goes discussed his team, his opponent, who he’d like to fight in the future, and how he would like to win his first IFL fight.
MMAWeekly: First off, Allan, tell us about your new opportunity coming up in the IFL.
Allan Goes: I just got invited by Maurice Smith to be part of his team. I’m very honored to be part of this group that’s going to be the Tiger Sharks on the show, because it’s a team and not just one person. That’s what we focus on.
MMAWeekly: You’ve been around the MMA scene almost since the beginning, so what do you think of this new team-based concept of the IFL?
Allan Goes: I think it’s a great idea. I think we should not just have one kind of fight game. We should have everything. The IFL just came with a very impressive new idea that nobody ever expected in the MMA world. I’m totally impressed with the idea. I think it’s great for the future because I believe that’s how the future should be, with many opportunities for fighters to come and show their abilities.
MMAWeekly: What about your coach, Maurice Smith?
Allan Goes: I have a lot of things to learn from Maurice Smith, and the team will have a lot to learn from me. The team, we are going to be exchanging ideas and techniques. Maurice has been around longer than I have as a fighter. He has a lot of experience all over, not just in the UFC. He’s been in Pancrase Japan, K-1… in fact, that’s how I met him, in Pancrase about 12 years ago. I really like him, and that’s the reason I chose to stay with him. I trained with him in Seattle, Washington after I broke out of the [Brazilian] Top Team. I’m a guy that likes to learn, and we have much we can teach each other.
MMAWeekly: Do you know who you’re going to face in September?
Allan Goes: I’m going to be fighting at heavyweight against Devin Cole [who was on the Tiger Sharks team in the IFL's first season]. It’s just one time at heavyweight because Maurice wants me to beat this guy. He said to me, “Allan, I want you to beat this guy because this guy used to be my student, but now he’s fighting on another team.” My goal is to listen to the professor Maurice and complement the team and make sure I do the work needed to beat this guy.
MMAWeekly: Is there anyone else in the IFL you’d like to face, if given the opportunity?
Allan Goes: Daniel Gracie. We fought before, and I’d like to fight him again if he’s part of [Renzo Gracie's] team, or just in the IFL. I’d fight him. I’d fight anybody. I’ve been here since the game started. I like to fight, and I’ll fight anybody. I don’t care. I’m just saying Daniel Gracie because people have been asking me, “What about Daniel? He’s in the heavyweight division of the IFL.” I don’t care about Daniel Gracie. If we happen to fight, we’ll fight. We’ve fought before [and] I finished him. A long time ago, I tapped him out in 40 seconds. I’m sure he wants revenge. I would if someone finished me in 40 seconds with Jiu-Jitsu. I would like to fight him or anybody in the IFL.
MMAWeekly: I know the majority of the fans of the sport know you from your days in the UFC and Pride, but they’ll be surprised because you’re a much different fighter now, right?
Allan Goes: Guaranteed, because you’re going to see the Allan Goes that knows how to strike, how to punch and kick, everything. The thing is, when I first came to the US, my goal was to defend Jiu-Jitsu. The Carlson Gracie team were the defenders of Jiu-Jitsu since the beginning. Jiu-Jitsu was our mother. It was the base of the foundation that we came from. Now we’ve proved to the whole world that everyone needs to know Jiu-Jitsu for the fight game. Now it doesn’t need to be defended anymore, because everyone realized how important it is. So, I’ve done my duty, and now my goal is to put on a good show, make money, and make everybody happy.
MMAWeekly: Thanks for your time, Allan. It’s always great to catch up with you. I know you’re very busy teaching and getting ready to make your IFL debut, so we’ll cut it here. Is there anything you’d like to say as we head out?
Allan Goes: I want to say a special thanks to Hurley International. They’ve been supporting me the whole time, so thanks to Bob Hurley, T.T. Rock, and all those guys that helped me at Hurley’s. I’m going to be representing them on September 9th. I hope to get all the support from my fans. I’m going to prove I’m a complete fighter. I can break anybody’s body. I can break your arms, I can break your legs. I’ve already proved that, and now I’m going to prove I can strike. I’m going to prove I can knock you out. That’s my next goal for MMA. On September 9th, be ready because I’m going to fight as a heavyweight just to prove one more time the ability and power of Jiu-Jitsu, and I’m going to prove I can knock this guy out. This fight for me is live or die, so I’m going to fight all the way.