Shinobi War returns with its third installment this weekend, with another fight card full of talented amateur mixed martial artists, and making his debut on the night is Otis London.
Coming from a background in boxing, Otis is confident in his hands and if his opponent decides to stand and trade with him it could be a long night for them.
Hearing from Otis you can tell how passionate he is about the sport and wanting to develop and come Saturday night fans will be in the unique position of seeing a talented amateur make his debut.
While fight day isn’t here yet, SD MMA UK’s Simon Cafferty caught up with Otis to get his thoughts and pass the time to Saturday that little bit quicker.
Thanks for your time Otis. I wanted to start by looking ahead to your debut at Shinobi War 3. How excited are you to get in there and test your skills?
“I’m excited that the time is here and and I get to prove to myself what all the hard work and dedication is for”.
Competing in anything for the first time can be quite daunting, but you train with a great team who will have so much experience. Have they offered you any advice?
“My team are one of the reasons I’m so determined to do good as they give me all the support I will ever need to believe in myself”.
On the night you meet Faisal Malik. Have you had chance to see his only fight and what are you expecting from him on the night?
“I find it really beneficial he has the one video on the net as I know how he fights, what his pros and cons are, so its helped a lot during training”.
Where do you feel you will be the stronger fighter on the night?
“I feel I will dominate the fight best on my feet coming from a boxing back ground, I’m confident to stand and trade shots which will help me a lot”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support on the night and how much does it mean to you to have them cheering you on?
“As I’m coming from far away I don’t think ill have the most support but this will drive me to succeed a lot more”.
All the martial arts are tough and anyone who wants to be successful, can’t take them lightly, with so much being put into training. But I know a lot of competitors work as well, how do you keep yourself motivated to head to the gym when you tired from working?
“To be a fighter in this sport is my dream and I truly believe I have what it needs to fight with the best and that’s all the motivation I will need throughout my career”.
Looking back on your development so far, what have been some of the bigger things you have taken from training?
“Having such a good team to tell me how well I’m doing and how much I’m improving always sticks in my brain so every session I am looking for the same thing”.
What is it that first got you interested in the sport and was it always your intention to compete?
“I had always loved the sport and my brothers always said I had the structure and determination to do something like this so I think that’s always made me want to train and when the opportunity came about I jumped to it”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who have been some of the bigger influences on your development there?
“My head coach is the most influential person in my fighting I would say”.
And finally, is there anybody you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“Just a big thanks to my family for putting up with constant training and thanks to all my coaches for making it possible”.