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.
Roberto Villa is the CEO, Executive Writer, Senior Editor of FightBook MMA. Has a passion for Combat Sports and also a podcast host for Sitting Ringside. He’s also a former MMA fighter and Kickboxer.
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