Elijah: Coaching has been constant, and non cease. I’ve been engaged on approach, and my endurance as a lot as I can. Particularly mentality.
FBMMA: You made your debut into the game of MMA at CFC 9 again in March. How was that have for you and was there something that shocked you about preventing in a cage for the primary time?
Elijah: The expertise was enjoyable, as soon as I went inside that cage I felt calm and centered. The factor that shocked me was that I used to be preventing a giant ass man bout 300lb+ and I used to be round 230lb on the time however I had no downside preventing him. Only a night time to point out who I’m what to show.
FBMMA: You’re shifting down from the heavyweight division all the way down to the sunshine heavyweight division, you’ll be preventing opponents smaller in measurement however they’ll be sooner and extra athletic. Do you suppose the sunshine heavyweight division is the place you belong?
Elijah: After this battle I’m shifting all the way down to 185lb. After each battle I’m shifting all the way down to see the place I belong so it’s only for expertise and enjoyable. Plus hopefully I’ll appear like Yoel Romero after this. However heavyweight doesn’t look like my consolation place as I’ve been desirous to drop pounds for the longest.
FBMMA: June twenty sixth you’re preventing a debuting fighter Andrew Stewart. He’s by no means heard his title referred to as to make that stroll from the dressing room, he’s by no means heard that cage door lock behind him. Do you suppose you’ll be at a benefit contemplating you’ve already skilled these experiences again in march and know the emotions that come together with them?
Elijah: I’ve solely been in a a cage as soon as, I’ve been in a hoop as soon as. I imagine my expertise with my group will assist me essentially the most. Lots of people particularly professionals will get these prefight nerves earlier than entering into the octagon or ring and I imagine it’s fully regular. It’s only a feeling all of us be taught to work with. However surprisingly I didn’t really feel nervous for my first battle though understanding I used to be preventing a giant ass polar bear. This time I’m preserving extra of a greater mentality in a battle although.
FBMMA: Elijah give us a prediction on the battle, how is your battle going to finish on June twenty sixth?
Elijah: I imagine we’re going via all three rounds, however final time that occurred the judges performed me and gave the choice to Dedman. Everybody within the crowd after the battle truly believed I gained. I used to be strolling round watching my group and folks got here as much as me telling me they thought I gained, even the ref thought so, even the promoter did (laughs). So it was all only a lesson to depart the choice to myself and never the judges. And that’s what I’m planning on doing each time any further.
FBMMA: Thanks for speaking with us right here at Fightbook MMA Elijah, is there anybody you wish to thank or give a shoutout to earlier than we go?
Elijah: I’d wish to thank my group for pushing me each time I assumed I used to be at my restrict. With out them I’d in all probability simply throw haymakers 24/7.