In about a day and a half, the countdown to the fourth World Series of Fighting card will be over, and we'll be able to watch another entertaining event. Among the bright and shiny stars in the line-up for Saturday night are some rising prospects that are looking to make a splash on the MMA scene, and bantamweight Brandon Hempleman is hoping to do just that against Brazilian striking ace, Marlon Moraes.
I recently sat down with Hempleman in a quick interview, along with my MMA Sentinel co-host, Iain Kidd. Brandon discussed his upcoming bout with Moraes and why he feels pressure and a healthy dose of fear are needed to be successful in mixed martial arts. Here's what he had to say:
I'm training harder than ever. If you're not fighting scared, then you're not fighting the right people. The pressure is the biggest part of it for me. I think it's part of human nature to feel that anxiety, and the trick is to rise to the occasion, which I always try to do.
Being the Underdog
It bothers me to be the underdog. I've been the underdog in all my fights and it bugs me. It's because of where I'm from and not because of my skillset or my potential. I've just got to go and show the world why I shouldn't be the underdog anymore.
Fame & Glory
I'd definitely have to say that the notoriety is the most important thing to me. World Series took a chance on me and gave me this shot, so I'd like to build my name with them. Money is a big thing, but I do this for glory more than anything else.
I sacrifice so much for this. I live in my parents basement so I can train full time. I drive all over the state so I can train with decent sparring partners. I'm not doing it half way. I want to make a name for myself.
You can follow Brandon via his Twitter account, @BHempleman