Fast-rising Bellator MMA vet Cort Wahle is back in action at Shamrock FC 316 on March 15 in St. Louis, looking for his third straight first-round victory against Issac Purnell for Shamrock FC on FloCombat. Before that, the 24-year-old featherweight prospect spoke with FightBook MMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
Well, I’ve done martial arts forever, starting with taekwondo. We practiced all the martial arts that were cool to look at (laughs). I chased that until I was about 15, then I thought taekwondo was too flashy. I tried MMA, it was a totally humbling experience — tons of fun — and I’ve done it ever since.
How helpful was the taekwondo for your MMA career?
It goes both ways (laughs). The footwork very much contributed to my elusiveness, but it’s not a good idea to keep your hands down in a MMA fight (laughs). It’s mostly been beneficial; it’s a great background to have, especially as a striker.
How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?
I’m very back-and-forth on that, honestly (laughs). I’m still young, but I’ve been doing it for so long and have definitely made big mistakes along the way. I should be further along than I am now, but I’m back on the right path and I’m pretty excited about the future. But I’m never satisfied, so we’re just going to keep on grinding and working. I enjoy what I do.
Does fighting in the co-main event mean anything special to you?
Honestly, it’s upsetting — I’ve gotta wait longer (laughs)! I want to get out there, get my win and eat some bad food! It’s an honor and I appreciate it, don’t get me wrong, but I’m in bed by 11 most nights and I’m going to be fighting at 10:30 (laughs)! I’m really excited about it, though; I love it. Fighting in a spot like this for Shamrock FC is great for my career.
How many times would you like to fight this year?
I’d like to be really active this year. I’ve got a feeling in my mind that this is the year that I make another step up. Last year I was really fortunate to fight for Bellator and I’ve got two wins in less than a minute in the last year, so I just want to keep the momentum going. Whatever it takes to continue moving up!
Final question — knockout, submission or three-round war at Shamrock FC 316?
Well, one of us is probably going to get dropped pretty early. I’d love a knockout, I’d be really happy with a submission, and I’d love a three-round war on the feet. Fans are really going to enjoy this one.