The countdown to Shinobi 3 is nearly over as this coming Saturday, 20th September 2014, the Vikings are heading to North Wales and looking to impress inside the cage is Birgir Orn Tomasson.
Birgir is 1-0 so far as an amateur mixed martial artists after having a successful debut inside the cage and in that fight he showed just how talented he really is.
This weekend he takes on the experienced Bobby Pallett, in a fight which is sure to bring the fireworks and could easily be a front runner for the fight of the night.
Ahead of the bout this weekend I caught up with Birgir, who gave his thoughts on his MMA development and upcoming contest.
Thanks for your time Birgir. I wanted to start by looking ahead to your next fight which takes place in North Wales on the Shinobi War 3 show. How excited are you to head over to the UK and showcase your skills to a new audience?
“I’m very excited about coming over to UK, I´ll do my best to put on a good show for the crowd”.
On the night you take on Bobby Pallett. How much have you had chance to see of Bobby’s previous fights and what type of challenge are you expecting from him?
“I’ve seen a little bit from his performance. He seems to be a very worthy opponent, has good striking with a pretty solid ground work as well. I’m pretty sure this fight will be very exciting, a lot of action”.
So far Bobby has fought four times as an amateur. Can you see his experience providing you with any problems?
“He’s got more experience than me in the cage, that might benefit him a lot, since experience is very important in MMA, he’s also at home and has the support from the crowd. But in the end, this will not be a problem for me”.
But this is MMA and anything can happen on the night. Where do you feel you will be the strongest and what can the Shinobi fans expect from you?
“I’m coming in strong, I’ve been improving on all levels so you should expect a good fight”.
You have a couple of team mates fighting on the night as well. How good has it been to all be training towards the same show?
“It is a good support to each other to be fighting on the same card, we are all very good friends and we support each other”.
The gym you train out of is one hell of a team. Who have been some of the bigger influences on your development there?
“Mjolnir is the greatest gym in the world, the people, coaches and the atmosphere there is amazing. My teammates have been a huge influence on me as well as the coaches”.
I see that so far as an amateur competitor you are 1-0. How did you find the experience of making your debut and what did you take from that fight?
“The most important thing I got from my last fight was the experience of meeting an opponent in the cage. It also gave me a better insight to what I need to work on”.
What is it that first got you interested in the sport and was it always your intention to compete?
“I’ve always been interested in martial arts, since I was a kid, and MMA is, of course a mix of every thing. So this is clearly the best sport for a guy like me. It’s always a given that I compete when given the chance, it gives the training more meaning, for me. Makes you push for the goal, gives you the more reason to improve”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Special thanks to my teammates coaches that have been going out of their way to help me improve for this fight.
Thanks to my sponsors: Scanco-ehf, Odinsbud & Vegamot,
Shout out to my friends and family. Thanks for the support you guys”.