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Dom Meriweather: “I want to be the people’s champ!”
ALASKA (Tue, September 19, 2017)– Since Dom Meriweather’s successful 2015 pro debut, the hard-hitting lightweight has established himself as one of Alaska’s top MMA prospects. He recently earned a spot on FloCombat’s list of the top North American 155-pound prospects. Check out his recent chat with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
My father would tell me about the times he boxed and wrestled, like any other daddy’s boy I wanted to get started!
What were your first impressions of the sport?
I was interested but scared, it was something I wasn’t sure about after years of abuse and watching my family get abused, but I’m very glad I took that leap of faith as I’ve met the best people in my life today from this life choice.
How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?
I feel like I’ve done ok so far, I am still very new to this and there is a lot to learn, I will continue to grind with my teammates and coaches and learn as much as I can!
What is the biggest reason behind your success?
This without a doubt has to go to my coach Ryder Spadafore for giving me an excellent facility to train out of in ABJJ. Matt Stout who has taken my past, all of my issues and figured a genius way to turn that into something great. Chris Brennan, who is without a doubt the most ruthless person I’ve trained with, puts me in all sorts of danger in the gym and then shows me ways out, constantly pushes the pace with me and doesn’t let me stop till the job is done (usually when he says trainings over). Without these men who have helped me grow as a man but also a martial artist, I’m not entirely sure where I’d be today, I’m very thankful of this trio!
What motivates you as a fighter?
Hands down my daughter Arya, the day I held that little beauty I realized I had to keep pushing for something whether it be a 9-5 job or a career in fighting, I want her to have a dad she can be super proud of, my ultimate goal in life is to give her all I didn’t have and I will die making that goal happen!
Is there anything you don’t like about the sport?
I’m not sure if there is anything I dislike about the sport currently, I’m pretty content.
When can fans expect to see you back in the cage?
I get asked this a lot, the answer is simple, I’ll fight when my coaches tell me I’m fighting, until then I’m in the gym on that mat grinding with my brothers and sisters!
What are your goals in MMA currently?
You know it’d be cool to one day be able to fight in a BIG name promotion, it’d be cool to be a local Champ one day or even a world champ one day, but currently my goals in MMA are to be a better Dom than yesterday’s Dom, pretty simple for now.
How would you like to be remembered when it’s all said and done?
As the People’s Champ!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank while you have this opportunity?
My Princess Arya, My Mama Kimberly Meriweather, Jacob Meriweather, Jimmy Ritter, ALL my Friends, Family, and Current/Future Fans, Anchorage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (The Whole Crew!), Ryder and Christine Spadafore, Matt Stout, Chris Brennan, Chris Covy, Joe Brad, and ALL of my sponsors! I love you!
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