“Ultimate Fighter” season nine finalist, Andre Winner, earned a shot at the BAMMA world lightweight title with his dominant performance against Diego Gonzalez. He’ll face current champion Rob Sinclair next, as the main event of the BAMMA 10 fight card scheduled for Sept. 15, at the Wembley Arena in London, England.
I recently caught up with Andre Winner, and he had a few things to say about his upcoming fight.
David: How do you feel about your performance against Diego Gonzalez?
Andre: It’s definitely a step in the right direction of what I wanted to do. I went out there with an idea in my head that I wanted to dictate the fight, and I achieved that. Except getting the finish, I achieved it… Overall, like I said, it was a step in the right direction.
David: How’s training camp going?
Andre: It’s been about six or seven weeks already. Because after my last fight, I was told I would fight in February, so I started getting ready for that. Then they told me March, and then it was May, June, July, now September they say. I’ve been ill recently, so I’m just kinda getting back. I’ve had a break in recent weeks. I’ll be back in proper training next week, but everything is going well.
David: How do you plan to deal with Rob Sinclair’s punching power?
Andre: I’m not too worried about people’s punching power, everybody’s got a chin. You get hit right on the button, and most people will go down… I’m confident in my chin, don’t get me wrong. I’ve never been knocked out. I’ve been dropped once, but never been knocked out. I’m not really too concerned about his punching power, he’s got to hit me first with a clean shot in order to put me away… I expect to get hit, at the same time – hopefully – I’ll be the one doing all the hitting.
David: How do you think the fight will play out?
Andre: I’m generally going to dominate everything. Dominate the striking, wrestling, and on the ground… Using my takedowns, using my jiujitsu, and obviously using my striking… I’m going to go out there and showcase that… I’m going to go out there and I’m going to dominate the fight.
David: How much does the title mean to you at this point?
Andre: Garnishing the title isn’t my main concern. My main concern is going out there and winning my fight. Putting on a good performance, hopefully growing as a fighter, growing in my performances, and getting paid…. Times are hard for everybody right now, I know it’s not just me, but it’s also everybody… I’ve not fought since December. I don’t get paid enough to not fight in nine months. I look forward to getting paid, and I’m looking forward to winning my fight… Having the belt is a good look – it’s a world recognized belt, but that’s not my main objective. My main objective is to go out there, win my fight, put on another impressive performance and get paid.
David: Is there anything else you want to get out there to your fans?
Andre: I just want to say a big thank you to Maximuscle – my sponsors. They’ve been around since the beginning, and I appreciate their support. Obviously my coaches, Chris Pyatt, Victor Estima, both guys have been good friends and excellent coaches. They’ve supported me throughout. My brother Michael Winner, he’s been there since day one… My family, my friends, I also want to say thanks to all the fans I got out there.
Personal interview with @AndreWinner
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.