British paratrooper Jack Marshman tasted defeat for their first time in his MMA career, during his last outing against Tom Watson. The 22 year-old will try to get back to his winning ways when he defends his BAMMA British middleweight title against Andrew Punshon.
The two will headline the BAMMA 10 fight card, set for Sept. 15, at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
I recently caught up with Marshman, and he had some interesting things to say about the lessons he's learned from his first defeat. And his upcoming fight against Punshon.
David: How do you feel right now, coming off your first professional loss?
Jack: I don't feel too bad to be honest; it was a big step up for me. I went 10-0, and I'm still only 22. To lose to someone like Tom is not too bad. Obviously, no one likes losing, but I'm sure I'm gonna comeback stronger from it. I think I learnt a lot more than I would have if I had won that fight.
David: Watson signed with the UFC shortly after the fight; does that motivate you even more?
Jack: Yeah, definitely. That's obviously my main goal. I feel like performing okay in the first round against a guy of his standard and experience puts me in good stead to still make it. Obviously with that first loss, I need to get some more wins on my record again. And hopefully, I'll make it, because that's obviously where any young fighter wants to be.
David: Many say losing is the best thing that can happen to a fighter because it makes you work that much harder. Do you agree?
Jack: Yeah, in some aspects… I went 10-0, unbeaten in boxing, unbeaten amateur MMA record. I'd gone a long time without a loss. It was pressure just building up on me constantly, and to be honest, that first loss, it took a massive amount of pressure off me. I'm not worried about having to perform for everyone else now; I'm worried about performing for myself, which is definitely a good thing.
David: What do you think of Andrew?
Jack: He's definitely a really talented fighter. He's ranked in front of me in the rankings, so it's gonna be a tough fight me. He's a really, really good ground fighter. I think his standup is decent. He's had two really quick knockouts, both of them in five seconds, but they were like five years apart. I don't see him as a big striker. He's really gonna have to take me to the floor.
David: I noticed you mentioned his ground game. Nine of Andrew's eleven wins are via submission; does that bother you at all?
Jack: No, I honestly think my ground game is really underrated. People seem to think I started boxing before MMA and stuff like that, but I actually didn't. I've been training jujitsu since I was 15. Just because I haven't had a chance to show my jujitsu doesn't mean I haven't got it at all.
David: How do you think the fight will go?
Jack: I don't like to make predictions and stuff, but if I can keep this fight standing more than a half a round, I'm really confident I can finish him. And even if he takes me down, like I said, my submission defense is coming along well. … I'm really confident going into this fight.
David: Is there anything else you want to get out there?
Jack: No, just looking forward to the fight on Sept. 15, so we can give the fans what they want to see.
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