Fight Academy Ireland

Gareth McCormac

Weight Division: Flyweight


1. What inspired you to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and join Fight Academy Ireland?

I was inspired after going to watch live the UFC 189 card McGregor vs Mendes. I moved FAI, as I had trained with guys like Kyle McClurkin and Paddy McCorry in the unit and realised FAI fighters where a level above the rest.

2. How has training at Fight Academy Ireland helped shape you as a fighter and contributed to your growth in the sport?

The commitment of the coaching and the level of fighters at the club is the main reason why i have improved so much since joining FAI.

3. Who are your role models or sources of inspiration in the world of MMA?

I’m a massive fan of most UFC fighters and fascinated by all their fighting styles. 

4. What is the most challenging aspect of being a professional fighter, and how do you overcome those challenges?

Most challenging aspect is the mental side of things. The losses, the injuries and trying to balance work, family and training. The intense training is the easy part and most enjoyable.

5. How do you balance your training schedule with other aspects of your life, such as work or family?

It can be difficult as my work is an hour drive from the gym. I just try and stay consistent with my training throughout the year.

6. Are there any rituals or superstitions you follow before a fight?

Not really, I just like to get a good blast on pads in the warmup to get the heart rate high.

7. How do you stay motivated and driven during tough times or setbacks in your career?

Joe McColgan once said, “Don’t get too highs on the highs or too low on the lows”.

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