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An MMA@Work (powered by MMAPlayground) Interview with UFC Bantamweight, Byron Bloodworth
Posted by gartface Friday, March 30, 2012 12:00 AM
Byron Bloodworth is a bantamweight fighter for the UFC, who debuted in October against 135 pound standout Mike Easton. He lost his debut fight, but doesn't seem set on letting that bring him down.
Byron recently took time to answer some questions.
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MMA@W: Byron, first of all, we'd like to thank you for taking time to speak with us.
It's been a while since we've seen you inside the Octagon. What have you been doing to keep busy?
BLOODWORTH: Besides teaching and spending time with the family. I've been training to stay sharp.
MMA@W: Do you have an upcoming fight in the works that we can start getting excited about?
BLOODWORTH: There's a good chance I'll be fighting in June, but nothing has been confirmed.
MMA@W: Obviously losing to Mike Easton had to have been disappointing, but a lot of fighters tend to draw inspiration from losses. Is that the sort of mentality you took after the fight in October?
BLOODWORTH: Absolutely! It drives me nuts to have that loss on my record. I want to stay in the UFC. If I'm to do that, I have to win. Plain and simple.
MMA@W: Let's step back for a moment. If you wouldn't mind, would you give our readers a little background info on you? Where are you from, how'd you get into MMA? That sort of thing.
BLOODWORTH: I mostly grew up in North Carolina and then moved to Atlanta in 2007. I remember watching the early UFCs with my brother and being a big fan from the beginning. When I was in college a friend told me about a local gym that did MMA and Jiu Jitsu. I went to check it out one day and was hooked right away. I started training twice a day. Shortly after I started competing in grappling tournaments and amateur MMA fights. Turns out I was pretty good. So when I was done with school I moved to Atlanta to pursue a pro career.
MMA@W: Where are you training at these days? Who are some of the guys you train with on a daily basis?
BLOODWORTH: I train at a gym run by Brian Stann, called WarriorLegion. Guys like George Lockhart, Jucao, Rapheal and Freddy Assuncao are some of the monsters that train there.
MMA@W: What's a day in the life of Byron Bloodworth consist of?
BLOODWORTH: Training, Teaching, and being a new Dad. Pretty simple.
MMA@W:What's the journey been like for you, having gone from fighting up the road from me in Duluth at Wild Bill's, to the moment you got your name called by Bruce Buffer?
BLOODWORTH: The journey has been crazy. It's hard to believe I do what I do for a living sometimes. I just want to make the most of the opportunity.
MMA@W: A number of fighters have gone on record, saying that they don't watch a whole lot of MMA in their free time. Do you watch much? If so, who are you favorite fighters to watch?
BLOODWORTH: I watch most of the UFC events. But I'll miss one every once in a while. Any of the UFC fighters are exciting to watch.
MMA@W: If you could fight anyone in the world, any weight, any moment in history, who would you like to test yourself against?
BLOODWORTH: Bruce Lee.
MMA@W: What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of mixed martial arts?
BLOODWORTH: I love to cook and fish.
MMA@W:Finally, what are your goals for 2012? What can we expect from Byron Bloodworth?
BLOODWORTH: I want to get some wins in the UFC! You can expect to see a motivated fighter at the peak of his game!
MMA@W: Byron, thanks again for taking time out of your busy schedule to chat with us. We look forward to seeing you back in the Octagon. Do you have anything else you'd like to add, or anyone you'd like to thank - sponsors, family, friends, etc?
BLOODWORTH: I'd like to thank my management, SuckerPunch Ent. and my friends and family for their support.
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