Stitch stop in to talk fighting and training... Jacob "Stitch" Duran stopped in to have a chat and catch up. "Stitch" has been in MMA for 30+ years and is now starring in upcoming Creed 3.
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Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran in conversation with John Bartolo
Jacob Stitch Duran is a legendary Cutman in the UFC, MMA, boxing, and mixed martial arts. He is also an actor and producer known for the Creed series and Here Comes the Boom, Ocean’s 11, Rocky Balboa. He has also authored a book called From the Fields to the Garden.
John and Stitch have a very interesting conversation on various topics, with many fascinating real-life stories shared by Stitch.
0:47—John thanks the sponsors before starting the show. He welcomes Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran to the show.
2:32—John asks Stitch how he got into the martial arts and fighting business. Duran goes down memory lane and gives us a brief glimpse of his journey.
5:03—Stitch explains why he chose Cuts.
6:20—They talk about Marvin Hagler.
7:45—They analyze the Luis Resto vs Billy Collins fight, the doctored boxing gloves scandal, and Luis’ jail sentence thereafter.
12:05—Stitch talks about the importance of education and resources like legal advice, sponsorship available to the boxers. John stresses on the possibility of having a union and health insurance to protect the fighters.
16:34—They discuss celebrity fights and demos.
19:15—Stitch talks about the early days of boxing and MMA. He traces the emergence of the UFC for mixed martial arts.
22:40—They discuss lineal championships and it being fictional.
24:00—Stitch shares his experiences in the film industry with interesting incidents.
28:10—They talk about the best fighters of the generation.
30:00—Stitch reminisces about the roles he played in the movies as himself.
40:00—John and Stitch chat about movies and actors.
42:40—Stitch talks about being a veteran. He shares his experiences in the military.
49:10—Stitch elaborates on the choices he made about his career.
52:50—Stitch talks about long-term damage that can happen during fights and the importance of safety.
55:00—Stitch talks about his relationship with the fighters over the years.
59:00—John asks about working with Tyson. Stitch talks about his relationship with Tyson.
1:02:54—Stitch talks about his new project with CBD creams for healing cuts. John advocates using weed for recovery purposes.
1:11:57—Stitch shares information about his book From the Fields to the Garden.
30:21-- “I’ve done hundreds of world title fights that it’s not even the fights anymore, it’s the characters that I work with, it’s the people.” Jacob Stitch Duran
32:52-- “Every movie I have been in, I’ve played myself.” Jacob Stitch Duran
52:29-- “I don’t say a lot, but when I do say something, it’s the truth.” Jacob Stitch Duran
56:45-- “On my fights, on my collar I have Planada, it’s the name of my little hometown. It’s not for the world to know where I’m from, it’s for the one’s from Planada to know that I’m there to support them.” Jacob Stitch Duran
58:09-- “Life really boils down to a dinner time conversation.” John Bartolo