ROME, GA. (Fri, July 14, 2017)– Before Lindsey “Sweet Tea” Jones tries to improve to 3-0 at All Roads Lead To Rome: Conflict MMA vs. Valor Fights on July 22 in Rome, Ga., LIVE on FloCombat, the red-hot American Top Team prospect sat down with FightBookMMA.
When you began training for MMA, what were your first impressions?
“Finally.” It fit me and my personality perfectly. Like, it’s what I’d always wanted to do. That was my first impression. I was pretty young as well. Fourteen.
How long ago was that?
About eight years.
Are you surprised by your success in MMA?
Not really surprised. I don’t mean for it to come off the wrong way, but I’m supposed to win. I’ve been training a long time. I train incredibly hard. I train with a high-level team. Good things are expected out of you when you put that work in.
Is that the secret to your success? How did you get so far?
Hard work is one of the factors of success. You can work hard, but a lot of it can be fake work – if you know what I mean. I see a lot of guys train really hard, they sprint hard, they lift weights and spar hard. They work out hard, but they’re not necessarily getting better as a fighter. You need to have a certain amount of technique and coaching – that really helps play into you being successful and getting wins. Just going in and working hard – getting gassed doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to win the fight.
Is it UFC or bust, or would you be happy to end up in Bellator?
Either is fine with me. A lot of great fighters just signed with Bellator, so they have a lot of high-level fighters over there. Whoever picks me up, I’m cool with it. You’ve got to make a living, one way or another.