Martin “The Spartan” Day sat down with FightBookMMA before the Contender Series vet tries to improve to 8-2 this weekend for Destiny MMA in his native Hawaii.
Looking back at The Contender Series Week Six last year, what did you take away from that fight?
I learned a lot from that fight and that experience. I feel that I definitely didn’t lose the fight that unanimously. I feel it was at least a draw when I go back and look at the fight. The judging was crazy. They gave him a 10-8 in the second and I don’t think I got a 10-8 in the third. If you watch the third round of the fight, it was completely one-sided – I was totally dominating the striking. I faced a lot of adversity going into the fight and took it on short notice. I didn’t have much notice going into the fight and the weight cut was a big factor, too. It was a really good experience, overall and it was really good exposure to have my name out there. I felt that I made a pretty good impression – I was the one making it an exciting fight. It was good for me, overall. We always want to get the win, but it’s important to learn from a fight, too.
How’s it feel to be back fighting in Hawaii?
It doesn’t matter to me. Wherever the fight takes place, I’m ready for it. There are nice things about fighting at home – it’s relaxing, I don’t have to stay at a hotel and stuff. It is what it is.
How many times would you like to fight again before your thirtieth birthday?
I have this fight and another fight scheduled on August 4th in URCC. It’s a title fight in San Francisco. If I can squeeze in another after that, in October, that would be great. I’d like to fight three times before my birthday.
Does anything change in the sport when you hit that thirty-year milestone?
I feel like I’m just reaching the peak of my career. Most people tell me that I look twenty-three, so I just tell people that I’m twenty-three.
What are your goals for the next twelve months?
I want to be signed by the UFC within twelve months. I’ll need some super-impressive wins in these next few fights.
How do you see your fight on the 23rd playing out – knockout, submission, three-round war?
First-round knockout. I knocked him out in the first round the last time we fought. I fought him last June in my flyweight debut and I’ll be fighting him again basically a year later. This one should be quicker. I should be able to put him away quicker this time.
What does he think he’s going to accomplish coming after you again?
I think he’s just trying to avenge a loss. Maybe he thinks I just caught him and I did catch him and I’m going to catch him again.