You gotta go in the mud sometimes to figure out who you are.
Andy Irons’ interview with Derek Rielly was published as “The Champ” in the November 2010 issue of Stab Magazine. It was recorded two weeks before Irons died from drug-related heart failure, at age 32.
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Is that the Champ?
Is that Rielly? I know that voice…
Hey, I’m talking to the fucken Champ! The people’s champ!
That’s me! Fuck yeah! (Laughing) Fuck yeah, how y’doin, brah?
I’m good, if y’count owning balls like peanuts good. I know you’re good. After Tahiti, you’ve got your comeback...