1. What inspired you to pursue a career in mixed martial arts and join Fight Academy Ireland?
I was inspired by the rise of McGregor and watching him in Vegas in 2015. The moment was amazing and after that I knew that I too wanted to chase these moments. FAI had an amazing team and coaches who put great time and effort into the fighters.
2. How has training at Fight Academy Ireland helped shape you as a fighter and contributed to your growth in the sport?
Surrounded by incredible coaches and fighters who constantly challenge me, along with world class training facilities. It’s the perfect breeding ground for success. Teaching you to be consistent, Humble, and hard working.
3. Who are your role models or sources of inspiration in the world of MMA?
I take motivation from those who surround me and have done it before. From my coaches Liam and Pat who put everything into every single one of their fighters and students. To the greats like Joe McColgan who have accomplished amazing things in this sport. Sharing moments with these great people through the highs and lows is very special. Chasing greatness with people who are just as invested as you.
4. What is the most challenging aspect of being a professional fighter, and how do you overcome those challenges?
When you love what you do the challenges become easier to deal with. Most challenging is being fight ready year-round as the fights can pop up on a weeks notice but the body is constantly broken down through vigorous training sessions so this can be challenging. As I said, it’s easy when you love it.
5. How do you balance your training schedule with other aspects of your life, such as work or family?
Being in the fire and rescue service, thankfully I work on a shift system that allows me incredible time to get after my training. Also having a supportive and understanding family and team helps.
6. Are there any rituals or superstitions you follow before a fight?
Personally, none but each to their own.
7. How do you stay motivated and driven during tough times or setbacks in your career?
Once you understand the secret success to being a winner is losing constantly and learning from those losses you become unbreakable. I don’t need to stay motivated as I stay consistent. The setbacks make for the best comebacks.