BFL returns this weekend with a night of K1 and MMA action, live from Gainsborough, and competing on the card is Brandon Gethin.
Brandon is looking forward to taking to the cage to compete and from hearing from him you can sense the passion he has for the sport. On the night he takes on Simon Vickers in a well matched up bout and here are his thoughts ahead of the night.
Thanks for taking the time out to answer my questions Brandon. I wanted to start by asking what it was that first attracted your attention with MMA?
“The first thing the attracted me to MMA was I used to love to watch the sport when its on TV or watch little clips on YouTube”.
After finding out about the sport, what led you to begin training and looking back on your first few times in the gym, what is it that made you think: “I can see myself keeping on doing this”.
“The thing that led me to start was I had a friend from school who liked to watch it as well so we went to try it out. When I look back to my couple of times I still have the same passion now as I did when I started maybe even more now then when I started. The thing that made me think I can see myself doing this was when I was training it was the best feeling in the world I always had a smile on my face no matter how tired I was or even when I was going through the pain”.
MMA is addictive for everyone involved in the sport. What is it to you that makes you want to keep hitting the gym each day?
“The thing that makes me want to keep going to the gym is it makes me feel so good about myself and there’s nothing that can stand in my way for the sport I will always love it and the people around me are all great people and just motivate you to carry on no matter how tired and weak you’re feeling”.
Looking back on your time competing so far, what would you say are the biggest things you have taken?
“I have only had two kickboxing fights but they was both amazing, the biggest thing I have ever taken was a kid called Wez roundhouse kicked me just under my jaw and put me on the floor, but the amazing thing was I got straight back up and carried on without any problems”.
You train with a fantastic team. Who have been some of the biggest influences you have had on your career so far?
“Some of the biggest influences for me was my old instructor Shaun Weston who really helped me out from when I started in trained with him for just over a year. Another big influence on me is nick wright, he is a good friend of mine and has really helped me through my training he’s really pushed me before and just helped me out with anything I need him too”.
Would you say that by training with such a strong group, it makes competing that little bit easier?
“Training with such a strong group definitely helps with competing, they push you too your limits and you know if you can do a hard hour or two intense training with them it’ll be so much easier competing for just a couple of rounds”.
Next up is BFL 2. How much do you know about the BFL show?
“I don’t really know much about the BFL, it was just my instructors Dan and Joe that got me into the show and I’m just going to compete in it and give it my all”.
On the night you meet Simon Vickers. How much do you know about Simon?
“I don’t really know much about Simon, all I really know is that he has competed in MMA a couple of times and will be a tough opponent and will benefit me with me fighting whether I win or lose the fight”.
Simon has some strong experience behind him, but has lost to a few submissions. Do you see this as an area you can exploit?
“I do see this as an exploitation but anything can happen in the sport so you just have to think on the spot and be fluent with everything that you do”.
Are you hoping to have a lot of support and how much does that mean to you?
“I love having support behind me I don’t mind if it’s not many people as long as my mom and dad are there to support me, my dad has been to both of my fights and is very supportive no matter what happens”.
And finally, is there anyone you would like to thank/give a shout out to?
“I would to thank, my old instructors Paul and Shaun as they have done a lot for me, I would also like to thank my new instructors Joe and Dan, also nick as he’s also done a lot for me, and lastly my mom and dad as they have supported me all the way through”