Georgia’s top lightweight, red-hot Robert Hale, hits the road this month to take on Troy Lamson, Michigan’s best lightweight, at Lights Out 3 on April 27 in Grand Rapids, Mich. Before that, he spoke with FightBook MMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
One day I was at home watching The Ultimate Fighter with my family. I happened to see an Atlanta native, Clint Hester, on the show and I was immediately drawn to it. My dad told me I should try it, and eventually I decided to try it.
How do you feel about what you’ve accomplished so far?
I feel great, but there’s still a lot more to accomplish and many, many more great things coming my way. Just gotta keep on grinding.
Are you better than your 6-3 record might say about you?
Oh, most definitely. Most people will tell you that 6-3 is just average, and I agree with that, but I’m a lot more well-rounded than people give me credit for. On April 27, you will find out.
Do you know much about your opponent?
I know he’s a wrestler. I know that he doesn’t strike in any of his fights; he just wants to go to the ground and hold position. That’s fine; he can try to hold me down, but it won’t happen. Once that happens, I will break him.
How will it feel to get this win over Michigan’s No. 1 lightweight?
It’s going to feel great. I really am excited about this because he is the talk around Michigan as if he’s the top dog — and I want to see what the top dog in Michigan can do. I’m excited for him to show me what he’s all about.