Alex Johnson is a 2-3 light heavyweight fighter from Stoke. He is fighting at FCC – 5 against James Walker. He took some time out to answer some questions on the upcoming fight and his MMA experiences.
Hi Alex, thanks for taking the time to do this. Can you tell people a little about yourself?
“I’m 23, from Stoke-on-Trent and fight from Stoke fight factory MMA”.
You are fighting James Walker at FCC 5. How much do you know about him?
“Don’t really know too much about him, just that he’s got powerful hands!”
What do you see as your best weapon in this fight?
“Best weapon, I would say, is that I will stand with him”.
How is your training going? Is there anything you’ve had to change for this fight?
“Training is good haven’t had to change anything. My last couple of opponents have been stand up fighters, so training is the same”
You have fought at FCC once before. How was the experience last time?
“It was my first big event so i enjoyed it, yes”.
In your last fight at FCC, you lost to Mitchell Richards by unanimous decision. Losing is tough, but people say that you can learn more from defeats. Did you take anything positive from the fight?
“Well in my eyes he didn’t deserve the win and a lot of people have said it as-well. So coming out of that fight i was disappointed”.
I will never experience getting into the cage and fighting. And for that I have so much respect for everyone who does it. What’s the feeling like when the cage door is shut and it’s just you and your opponent?
“Well I’m quite calm on the night until they shout your name. This is because at that point you know there’s no going back. You’re going to fight! But as soon as the bell goes i go back to being calm”.
How did you first get into Mixed Martial Arts?
“I used to be a naughty lad, so wanted change my life around and do something positive. So I turned to MMA”.
What do you find as the most challenging aspect of MMA?
“I find the dieting the most challenging! I like my food (laughs)”.
What is your favourite martial art to train?
“I like to train them all. They all have there advantages”.
What is the best thing about fighting?
“Best thing about fighting is giving the gym a good rep”.
And lastly, is there anybody you’d like to thank?
“I’d like to thank Ant Bailey, Mick Vaughan, Guy Stainthorp, Jamie Bodden, Lindon Newbon and the rest of Stoke fight factory MMA”.