After starting his pro career with four straight wins, Jamahal Hill is quickly establishing himself as a prospect to watch in the middleweight division. He’ll be looking to advance to 5-0 with a big win over Tyler Vogel, this time at 195 pounds, at Lights Out 2 on Feb. 16 in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich. Before that, he speaks with FightBook MMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
I’ve always been into martial arts, through movies and things like that growing up. After high school, I went to go play basketball in college but I didn’t really know what I wanted to study. I was stuck at a crossroads. A friend of mine was doing MMA, and a nearby gym was offering a 30-day trial. I haven’t left yet (laughs).
Are you a better fighter or basketball player?
(Laughs) I’m pretty good at both. I’m elite at anything I do.
You’re 4-0 as a pro and were previously 11-0-2 as an amateur. Why do you think you’ve been so successful in MMA?
Hard work. I work hard, and I’ve got a great team around me. I listen to my coaches, and I’m a smarter fighter than these dudes. My fight IQ is through the roof when I enter the cage.
What’s the most likely outcome for this upcoming fight?
He’s going to sleep. There’s no way around it. I’m coming out and he’s getting knocked the (expletive) out.
How many times would you like to fight in 2019?
As many times as they’ll allow me (laughs). I’d really love to fight every week.