I’m 25 years old and half-a-fighter, half-a-builder since I do construction too. But, as you probably already know, MMA is my true passion. Right now I’m here in the Toronto area putting in time at the Adrenaline Training Center trying to better my game and it’s been quite a journey.
I’ve been fighting for about seven or eight years and, to be honest, I never expected to get where I am today as far as the UFC goes. Now I’ve just got to stay here, right? I used to get in trouble a lot while growing up and I needed something to occupy my time. MMA has really changed my life in that regard. I used to get into fights, get arrested and stuff, and if I hadn’t calmed down I truly don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing.
This will be my second time competing in the Octagon with my first involving Dustin Poirier at UFC 131. What I took away from that experience is that if I’d scored a few takedowns it would have been a much different fight. I think it was a lot closer than what the judges scored it so if I’d shot in a couple times, gotten a takedown here and there along with my striking, maybe things would have turned out in my favor.
This time around I’ll be keeping that in mind. I don’t have any other option than to win next month. I’ve come all the way to Canada from the U.K. to work with the guys at Adrenaline because I don’t want to get cut…because I didn’t try hard enough. So I’ve been working my ass off, training night and day to get into shape. I’ve got things I’ve left behind like a house, bills and stuff. I’ve left my son who is a newborn who was eight weeks old when I came here. That was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I’ve got my girlfriend back home. I’ve got a lot of anger and frustration to show in this fight and, again, I have no other option than to come away with the victory.
As far as Omigawa, no disrespect, but I don’t care about his experience or who he is. I’m in this sport because I love what I do. I fight. I’m a fighter. I’m not the kind of person who avoids anyone. If you put someone in front of me I’ll fight him. I feel I’m bigger than Omigawa, I have a longer reach, and I’m stronger than him. I definitely don’t see myself getting manhandled. Poirier was a big 145-pounder and Omigawa is half of his size since Japanese fighters don’t cut a lot of weight. As long as I’m careful and aware of submissions I think I’ll hang in there just fine.
Finally, I just want to mention how excited I am about fighting in England since I’m from there. I’ve got my friends and family coming in which is giving me a bigger buzz, making me want to win even more! I can’t wait!
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