By R Eric Ellison
Michael Whaley, no stranger to the MMA scene, stops by to talk to us about his impending fight with cousin Joel Jackson. Whaley will be the hometown fighter November 8th as well, so this is an one-of-a-kind fight you do not want to miss.
Fight Club Series has done an amazing job of providing an excellent, pro level platform for amateur fighters on the rise. Check out the full fight card here for Conflict 22, and be there November 8th in Columbia, South Carolina for all the action!
#1 R Eric Ellison: Obviously the first question I have to ask is, what’s it like facing off against Joel Jackson, who just happens to be your cousin? That has got to be interesting.
Michael Whaley: Of course it’s interesting. It’s got me amped. The fact that it’s my cousin is going to make this one epic.
#2 Heading back to the cage again, what has 2014 meant for you as a fighter?
As a fighter it means a lot. It’s a chance to put myself to the test. Fighting is something I’ve thought about for a while and I’ve finally got my chance to do it and put my all into it. I’ve always enjoyed testing myself.
#3 What brought you to the cage? How did you get involved in MMA and end up fighting?
The main thing I’d say that got me into the cage was my thirst for competition that never died after wrestling in high school. I moved on into BJJ during college, but that just wasn’t enough so I turned to MMA and fighting.
#4 Conflict’s Columbia cards have been amazing so far, each one surpassing the previous. What’s Michael Whaley got in store for these rabid Columbia fans on November 8th?
I plan to go in with a Fight of the Night performance and give the fans what they want…a FIGHT.
#5 Who are some of your inspirations that keep you motivated both in training and when the cage door closes?
My main inspiration, and motivation comes from my family who has been there since day one!
#6 Can you tell us a little more about your team and where you train?
I train with Fudo Shin MMA aka team B.M.K. here in Columbia S.C.
#7 You hunting down that title or taking things as they come?
I’m looking to put myself in the title hunt in 2015. You can BET ON that.
#8 What is your favourite fighting technique and why?
Honestly I don’t have a favorite technique I enjoy learning everything from my coaching staff that they have to offer me.
#9 As always, we would love to hear about anybody or any sponsors helping you get ready for this one.
I have to give a shout out to our sponsors Palmetto Nutrition and Elite Alchemy (more to mention and to come) for believing in us enough to represent them.
#10 Thank you so much for taking the time to chat with us about this epic battle headed our way. Last question, what SAGE advice would you give to all those aspiring fighters out there in the Low Country?
For aspiring fighters all I can say is that victory will only go to those who are willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears that your opponents aren’t willing to spill.
Be sure to check out Joel Jackson’s interview about this fight right here!