by Lee Whitehead – MMAWeekly.com
Vegas this past February, Joachim Hansen was excited to p
of an impressive win over Jason Ireland at Pride 33 in Las Vegas this past
February, Joachim Hansen was excited to participate in the Pride Lightweight Grand
Prix planned to begin in May. Now the Norwegian fighter is left wondering when
his next fight will even take place.
fights left on his Pride contract, Hansen is one of the many fighters whose
careers are currently in limbo as Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta sort out the
details of their recent purchase of the Pride organization.
to Hansen, “Not much is happening. I’m just training and waiting for some phone
call that I got a fight. It’s confusing and boring to train really without a
interview with MMAWeekly’s Lee Whitehead, Hansen – the #7 ranked
lightweight fighter in the world – said his frustrations would be put to
good use if he doesn’t soon hear about his next fight. “If I don’t hear
anything about MMA fights, I’m going to keep focused by doing amateur boxing [in
Norway].” Norway’s amateur boxing season doesn’t begin until September, so if
that becomes Hansen’s route to keeping ring rust at bay, it is surely not a
good indication for the future of the Pride promotion.
Hansen still hasn’t been given a direction for his future. “I’m not hearing
anything now,” he said. “I’m just gonna stay in shape and wait for something to
happen. The best thing to do is to float and stay in good basic shape.”
In this exclusive interview
with MMAWeekly, Hansen goes In The Cage to talk not only about his current
situation with Pride, but also about the ban on professional boxing in Norway
following the World War II and touches on the UFC and the state of its lightweight
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