Q&A with Dequan “The Tarantula” Townsend

By:  Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today I had the chance to catch up with Dequan “The Tarantula” Townsend. Dequan has a healthy 15-7 record and will be stepping into the cage on May 20 as the co-main event under new promotion FSF New Beginning. Let’s take a seat with Dequan and get to know him.  

Nick:  What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Dequan:  It’s everything to me. I am a father and a role model to my kids. It means I know what I do for them.

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Nick:  At what age did you begin your training in  martial arts?
Dequan:  I began training at the age of 12.

Nick:  What camp do you train out of currently? How long have you been with them?
Dequan:  I have been training with team Murciealago for 5 years.

Nick:  You have wins coming via submission and KO/TKO do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?
Dequan:  The short answer is I love to bang baby!

Nick:  What would you say your biggest strengths are in the cage?
Dequan:  I believe my ability to feel out my opponent is my greatest strength.

Nick:  How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?
Dequan:  I usually cut between 20 and 25 pounds. How my strength is affected depends on if it was a good cut or not.

Nick:  You have the nickname The Tarantula. Who gave it to you and why?
Dequan:  One of my sponsors gave it to me because he said my fight style is like Anderson “The Spider” Silva.

Nick:  Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?
Dequan:  To be a fighter you have to understand that it isn’t just a hobby. It is your lifestyle. You have to be willing to dedicate yourself to this life. What you put in is what you will get out.

Nick:  How does it feel being the co-main event in a new promotion such as FSF?
Dequan:  It doesn’t bother me. I am usually the main event in most shows.

Nick:  I know that most of your fights (including your last 8) have been at welterweight. Why did you decide to switch to middleweight for this fight?
Dequan:  I took this fight at a catch weight to try something new and reinvent myself.

Nick:  Do you plan on staying at middleweight after the May 20 event?
Dequan:  I honestly don’t know.

Nick:  You will be facing a tough opponent in Timothy “The Good Soldier” Woods at FSF New Beginning on May 20. How well do you know your opponent?
Dequan:  I don’t know much about him. I know he is a Bellator vet and likes to bang. This is going to be a fight for sure.

Nick:  Do you have a prediction for your fight?
Dequan:  Why would I spill the beans? Be there and see it for yourself.

Dequan is surely ready to get into the cage. It was my pleasure speaking with him and wish him the best of luck on May 20. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella.  @NickPortellaMMA

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