Flashback to the most nostalgic interview to when Scotty Nelson from OnTheMat.com interviewed Wallid Ismail about his beef with Ryan Gracie.
First a little background. At the time there was a fierce rivalry between Wallid Ismail and Ryan Gracie. The beef started at a beach in Copacabana where Ryan and his friends jumped Wallid.
Both Ryan and Wallid had a reputation in the community as being fearless fighters. Wallid had been battling under the Carlson Gracie flag since the 80's and Ryan was notorious amongst the community for his street fights.
Scotty from OTM made his first trip to Brazil around 2000 with his tape recorder. He wanted to conduct interviews with various personalities of BJJ and this so happened to be one of his interviews he landed.
But it was also a fine balance that Scotty had to play. If he transcribed the interview and Ryan took offense, he could have had a visit paid to him. To avoid misinterpretation, he released the entire interview so that there would be inference of Wallid 's words.
If you're interested, you can read the full backstory from Gumby's Old School Monday here.