Nashville, Tenn. (Tue, March 13, 2018)– Before Robert Hale fights fellow top welterweight prospect Lindsey Jones in the main event of Valor Fights 48 on March 31 in Nashville, Tenn., the top Atlanta fighter spoke with FightBookMMA.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
I started about four years ago, after my football career went downward. I was watching The Ultimate Fighter, featuring Clint Hester, and it went from there. My dad told me that I should try MMA, but I kind of blew it off. As the time went on, I wanted to do it — and that’s where it all started.
How thankful are you for MMA in your life?
I’m really thankful. MMA has given me a new path, more discipline, I see things a lot differently in my life now. Mostly, it gave me something new to compete in, and competition is what I live for. I want to be the greatest mixed martial artist of all time and, when people look back at me, I want to be remembered like Muhammad Ali — as someone who always stood for what they believed in. I want to be the people’s champ.
What’s the most likely outcome when you fight Lindsey Jones in the main event of Valor 48?
First-round KO. I have to make a statement, and Lindsey is the perfect opponent for me to make a statement with. I am constantly evolving in my game; this is going to be a new Robert Hale who gets out there and fights — I can’t wait to see for myself.
Does the fact that this fight is the main event, and a title shot hangs in the balance, add any more pressure to your situation — or is this just business as usual?
(Laughs) It’s just business, man! Listen; I’m going to go in there, do what I do and walk through Lindsey’s best, and I’m going to finish him in the first round. Then I’m going to take my belt. Lindsey Jones is just a milestone. I’m looking forward to sharing the cage with him, but he will fall in the first round.
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