This weekend see’s Animalistic MMA take place in Preston and competing on the card is Viper MMA’s Brandon Jones.
Brandon trains with a very good team in Viper MMA, who are helping him to develop each and every day and fans are in for a treat when he steps into the cage.
I caught up with Brandon to learn more about him and get his thoughts ahead of his match up.
Hi Brandon, thanks for your time. I wanted to firstly start by asking about your MMA journey to date. What is it that first attracted you to the world of MMA and first made you consider training?
“I first started training because me and my mate decided to start getting fit by going to the gym and my cousin said I should join viper, so I did, and I liked it there so I stayed”.
MMA is addictive for fans and competitors and anyone involved in the sport. After beginning training what is it that made you want to really commit to it?
“Being at viper is a good laugh while training and there’s no egos everyone just gets along, when you start tapping people out and being told your doing good is what made me really commit”.
Commitment is a big thing in MMA, because unlike other sports you cant slack in your training and just turn up on a Saturday ready to play. You have to keep improving and developing. What is it that keeps you motivated and committed to hitting the gym each day?
“The feeling of training hard then winning a fight is what makes me want to train, there’s no better feeling than winning”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who have been some of the bigger influences on you at the gym?
“I look up to everyone in the gym and especially mark my trainer always learning something new and learning from everyone else and a laugh at the same time”.
Many people think MMA is just 1 vs 1, which it is inside the cage, but each day you work hard with others. How good is it to have their backing in a build up to a fight and what is a typical fight camp like for you?
“It’s good knowing I’ve got a team behind me and everyone pushes each other everyday from jogging, grappling to sparring it’s better when everyone is training hard it makes you want to train harder”.
Next up you compete on Animalistic MMA’s first show in Preston. How much are you looking forward to competing on the night?
“I’m looking forward to Animalistic I’ve trained hard for it and I just want to get in there and let it all pay off”.
How much do you know about your opponent on the night and any challenges he may provide?
“I don’t really know much about my opponent, just he’s had two fights and he dances too, so I’m expecting him to be fit and ready”.
Both of you will have been continually developing, so do you find this makes it easier to focus on a bout as he wont know exactly how much you have improved?
“I don’t know what he knows about me but I feel I’ve improved and I feel ready to get in there and fight, if we’ve both trained hard, it should be a good fight”.
Are you hoping to have a bit of support on the night and how much does that support mean to you?
“I won’t have much support as it’s far away but I appreciate what I’ve got, it’s all I need, and hopefully I’ll make them proud”.
And finally, thanks so much for taking the time out to answer my questions. Is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would like to thank Mark and everyone at vipermma and my family for being there and helping me get ready for it and thank you too”.