Kelly: Ben thanks for taking the time to speak to me after your combat at CFC 10. For these desirous to know extra about you, how lengthy have you ever been coaching MMA?
Sharp: I began doing Jiu Jitsu 5 years in the past, so I suppose that’s the place I began. I began boxing once I was sixteen, so I picked up Jiu Jitsu someday after that. However I’ve solely began mixing it up prior to now 4 and a half, 5 years.
Sharp: I do my Jiu Jitsu at Phoenix MMA and I do my boxing at Membership Ok.O.
Kelly: Previous to coaching at these gyms, did you might have any martial arts coaching beforehand?
Sharp: I didn’t do any conventional martial arts like wrestling. I had a cousin that fought at Silvergloves and he confirmed me the fundamentals of boxing once I was sixteen.
Kelly: Did the combat go the way you wished it to or was there one other avenue for the win you wished to take?
Sharp: Not likely man, I imply I gained within the first spherical. Possibly I want that it lasted a little bit bit longer, however I can’t be mad at that, ya know.
Kelly: Have been you shocked that your opponent tried to grapple with you? If that’s the case, was this one thing you tried to keep away from or did you welcome it?
Sharp: I figured he would grapple with me. I feel that many of the dudes I combat in MMA are going to grapple with me due to my hanging background. I anticipated him to wrestle with me and I feel most individuals in MMA are going to wrestle with me.
Kelly: Seeing how the combat was not on the toes for lengthy, had been you content that you just bought to point out off your Jiu-jitsu and wrestling greater than your hanging, or would you might have most popular to reveal the latter?
Sharp: Oh yeah, I used to be joyful to point out off my grappling as a result of in my final combat I misplaced to a dude who has been wrestling his entire life within the Midwest and lots of people had been saying I had no grappling and that it was non-existent. This one dude I used to be alleged to combat subsequent, I feel he was attempting to financial institution on me not having any ability in grappling as a result of he ended up getting a unique opponent the day after I gained. So, it was superior to point out people who I can grapple this previous weekend.
Kelly: Although the combat ended rapidly with you because the victor, what would you say your greatest criticism of your efficiency was?
Sharp: Truthfully, I felt nearly too relaxed once I stepped within the cage. The entire day I used to be nervous, however once I stepped within the cage, I felt no nervousness or stress. And I type of want that for combating, particularly in that first spherical.
Kelly: Did being in that calmer state throw you off in any respect?
Sharp: It didn’t throw me off in any respect, however it is best to have a little bit of nerves about your self, I imply I did all day and a little bit bit within the locker room. However because the combat bought nearer, I bought calmer and calmer and by the point I bought within the cage, it was like nothing.
Kelly: When can we count on to see Ben Sharp again within the cage?
Sharp: I’m attempting to combat in a kickboxing bout in a pair weeks in Nashville. Initially, I used to be going to combat July tenth, however the man I used to be alleged to combat bought a unique opponent after my win. There’s additionally a 90% likelihood I combat in MMA once more August twenty first for Valor, so that they’re attempting to get me an opponent. They are saying there’s going to be quite a lot of guys in my weight class on the cardboard.
Kelly: Lastly, I need to say once more congratulations in your win, and I sit up for seeing your subsequent bout. Is there anything you want to add or anyone you want to thank?
Sharp: I’d prefer to thank all people that bought me prepared for the combat.
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