Five questions with Valor 45’s Dustin Dyer
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Chattanooga, Tenn. (Mon, October 16, 2017)– Before Dustin Dyer returns to action against Chandler Cole at Valor 45 on Saturday night in Chattanooga, Tenn., LIVE on FloCombat, the Georgia heavyweight prospect sat down with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA in the first place?
I found MMA when I really missed wrestling. I missed wrestling more than I missed anything else from my youth – more than football or anything like that. So, I started training some grappling and fell in love with jiujitsu. I dabbled in boxing and the next thing I knew, some grappling tournaments came and I won a couple of them. Then, came the fights and here I am.
Why MMA, when so many go their whole life without getting in a fight?
Why MMA? That’s funny, because I tell people all of the time that I don’t like fighting. I told a teammate of mine yesterday, “man, I don’t like fighting, but I love competition.” Back in school, people would tell you, you can be anything you want to be – a professional athlete, an astronaut, yadda yadda yadda. I knew I wasn’t going to go pro at football and I knew I wasn’t going to go pro at basketball – because I suck and I’m short and fat and I’m not good at basketball. But I got tired of paying for the grappling tournaments and I decided I wanted to try fighting. That’s when it happened, man. I fell in love with that aspect of it, the competition. They say I’m halfway decent at fighting, so that’s why I chose MMA.
This fight with Chandler, you’ve wanted this fight for a while.
Yes, it’s a fight I’ve wanted for a while. I’ve got my reasons. I’ll keep them to myself. He’s a good fighter. He’s had some good fights. He’s talented. It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a while and it just so happened that he’s at my weight. He always fought at 205 and 185 and I always thought, “maybe one day I’ll get there.” One time I did cut down to 215 for a fight and it was just so hard and I didn’t like the kind of person I was when I was cutting. I just figured I’d stick at heavyweight – he’s a heavyweight and we’re going to fight. It’ll be a good test of skill.
What does he bring to the table?
Very strong wrestling. He will be the best wrestler I’ve ever fought. Hands down. The thing about Chandler is that he is a great wrestler. Getting back up is going to be the real challenge. Most folks don’t really know much about my wrestling background, so the goal is to stuff those shots.
What will this victory Saturday mean to you?
It’s going to get me one step closer to getting a pro title. That’s what it means to me. I took a two-and-a-half year hiatus and made my return in July of this year. I lost my pro debut to Sam Burns, he knocked me out, so I took a little hiatus. I got to missing the ring. As far as this fight goes, a victory puts me one step closer to that belt. But the biggest thing is getting past Chandler, before I can think about anything like that.
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