On February 4, 2006 Travis Lutter entered into a battle with a very tough fighter in Jose ‘Pele’ Landi-Jons in Cage Rage. Although he was a an underdog, Lutter utilized his game plan and came out with a victory by armbar. After ending the 2005 year with a loss, 2006 starts with a victory and hopefully more success for Travis Lutter. Here is what he had to say to ADCC News. ADCC: Travis congratulations on your victory at Cage Rage 15 against Jose ‘Pele’ Landi-Jons TRAVIS: Thank youADCC: For those of us who didn’t see that fight, can you describe how it went down and did it follow your team’s game plan? TRAVIS: The fight went as planned. I went in and took the fight to the ground. Once we went their it was just putting my self in a good position to win the fight.ADCC: In 2005 you lost two out of your three fights. How important was it for you to get off to a good start in 2006 by submitting such a quality opponent? TRAVIS: 2005 was a rough year. I had some good wins and a couple of really bad loses. To come here and get a win over Pele was a really important thing for me. Pele is a pro who wanted to come in here and get a win but thankfully for me, I came out on top. I want to fight the best and beat the best and this win is a good start. ADCC: You only fought three times last year, do you plan on fighting more in 2006? TRAVIS: No I really want to fight 2 or 3 times a year. I think that is about the right amount for me. In a ten month period between 2004 and 2005 I fought 4 times, in-between the UFC and Cage Rage, plus I run my business during that time. ADCC: You are having great success in Cage Rage, finishing both your opponents in the first round. You seem to have found a new home. What is your contract status with the organization? TRAVIS: I am a free agent right now unfortunately.ADCC: Cage Rage has connections with Pride, similar to a feeder show type system. Is your goal to some day fight in Pride? TRAVIS: Fighting in Japan would be great. I really want to fight in the show that is willing to give me the most opportunities. Fighting in Cage Rage, UFC, or Pride would be great.ADCC: Speaking of the UFC, one of your UFC losses came against Matt Lindland who also fights for Cage Rage now. Any desire to rematch him? TRAVIS: I would love to fight Mat again. I made a mistake in the first fight and would love to have a rematch with him.ADCC: The 185-pound division is stacked right now in mixed-martial-arts. Rank who you think are the top five right now in the sport. TRAVIS: Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, Murilo Bustamante, Matt Lindland, Anderson Silva and my self of course in no particular order. ADCC: If you had a shot at any of those fighters you just mentioned, who would it be and why? TRAVIS: It really doesn’t matter I would love to fight any of them they are all great fighters and it would be a honor to fight any of them.ADCC: Any word on who you will be fighting next and where? TRAVIS: I haven’t heard anything yet I will have to wait and see.ADCC: Good luck in the future Travis and do you have anything to say to your fans and sponsors? TRAVIS: I would like to thank the fans and my training partners who without them I could never achieve any of this.
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