By: Nick Portella
What’s good fight fans? Today we will sit down with amateur debut fighter Gavin Lane. Gavin will be stepping into the cage for his first time on May 20 at FSF New Beginning. Let’s have a seat and talk with Gavin before his MMA career begins.
Nick: What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?
Gavin: I would say it means everything to me. I get to do everything I have ever wanted since I first got into martial arts. To be able to go on a journey to find knowledge and experience things most people will not.
Nick: At what age did you begin to train martial arts?
Gavin: I started training tae kwon do around 6 or 7. I trained for about 8 to 9 years before I finally was able to get a first dan black belt.
Nick: What disciplines do you train and what belts do you have in them?
Gavin: Tae kwon do 1st dan, jiu jitsu white belt, and judo white belt. I also train boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling.
Nick: What camp do you train out of and how long have you been with them?
Gavin: I train at many gyms but i started at grand rapids mixed martial arts about 8 months ago. I have been at mid mitten wrestling for nearly a year but have worked with Trent Flegel for two years. Central Michigan Brazilian Jiu Jitsu I switched to from Grand Rapids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu because of me moving but have worked with Eric Rolston for two years. And HIT Boxing I have trained with Jordan Johnson for two years as well.
Nick: With your amateur debut coming up quickly have you had the opportunity to train with any professional fighters? If so who?
Gavin: Shawn Mack, Johnny Grigware, Eric Lyon, Brett Sbardella, Tony Hervey, and many more the past two years.
Nick: What do you think your best attribute will be inside the cage?
Gavin: My cardio, my pace, and my mindset I feel will be the best features. This is fun and exciting to me. Some people are puking before competing. To me, this is an awesome opportunity to see who the better martial artist is.
Nick: With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority. What methods of cutting weight do you use? How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight? Do you feel the weight cut will have a major impact on your strength before this fight?
Gavin: I diet down. So when I started cutting weight I was 180 pounds but have worked down fairly easily. Could weigh in tomorrow on the scale fairly easily without a big water cut. Basically, I remove the vast majority of junk food. I drink two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day. I drink lots of live root beer kombucha. And in this fight, I am basically going from not being in prime shape to being in the best shape of my life. So I feel stronger now but when I rehydrate and eat everything I see then I can accurately say how I will feel to compete strength wise.
Nick: What was the best piece of advice given to you as you go into your first fight?
Gavin: My boxing coach told me that this is my first fight and if I win awesome you get to try out competition and go from there. If you lose you didn’t get a loss on your pro record and you know what you have to work on. Johnny Grigware just assured me he thinks I will be a tough guy in this weight class and believes in me.
Nick: May 20 you will be stepping into the cage to face Karlo Bashi. How much do you know about your opponent?
Gavin: He is a muay thai and jiu-jitsu fighter out of warrior way and it appears he has cross trained with 10th planet ann arbor. Both are schools I really would like to visit soon. He is a good stand up guy and I was really impressed by his jab and kicks. He has been grappling way longer than I have but no idea the time frame on that.
Nick: Do you have a prediction for this fight?
Gavin: I plan on winning in any manner possible. I’m just going to go in there and push the pace and go hard as I can for 9 minutes.
Nick: Gavin have you submitted to the takeover?
Gavin: This is Gavin Lane and I have submitted to the takeover.
Gavin is clearly ready to get into the cage and start his career. I wish him all the best of luck as he enters his fight career. Signing off for TheMMATakeOver.com this is Nick Portella. @NickPortellaMMA