Before UFC vet Shane “Shaolin” Campbell defends his Unified MMA Lightweight Championship in a rematch with Stephen Beaumont in the co-main event of Unified 33 on May 11 in Enoch, Alta., LIVE on FITE.tv, the red-hot 155-pound contender checked in with FightBookMMA.
What impact did the cancellation of Unified 33 have on your career?
It really pushed it back a few months. That’s all it did. I had a rough time, but I’m beyond that now and looking forward to this fight – that’s for sure.
Did you accept this fight right away, or were you hoping to move on and fight someone else in the rescheduled event?
I’m never one to pick the fights, so I don’t really care too much. I let the promotion choose that, so it’s out of my hands. I don’t think anyone should be allowed to just pick their own fights.
Does your excitement for a fight fluctuate depending on who you’re fighting?
No, I think I’m excited about every fight I’ve ever been in. I wouldn’t say it fluctuates at all, I’m basically always at an 11/10.a
How’s it going to feel to get back in there, finally?
I love it. I love putting on every single time. It’s always a good opportunity to test the skills we’ve been working on leading up to this fight, in particular. I’m always trying to grow as a martial artist and this is really my opportunity to do that.
What does that championship belt mean to you?
It means I’m holding down the title for that city, for sure. Unified is most definitely a dominant promotion here in Western Canada. They’re starting to bring in bigger names and UFC veterans. It means quite a bit.
How many times would you like to fight this year?
I don’t really look at it like that. The next one is always there. When I’m in great shape, I’m able to take short-notice fights. As long as my body is in shape, I’m going to go hard, so I don’t really try to forecast the number of fights.