Brian “Hollywood” Mitchell will look to extend his win streak this weekend when he faces Roberto Hernandez (4-1) at Cage Warriors 143, in San Diego, California.
Mitchell, 26, trains out of Factory X alongside UFC talents such as Brandon Royval, Dustin Jacoby, and Alex Hernandez. So it’s safe to say “Hollywood” is in good hands. The fight for Mitchell will be his first of 2022, and also his first under the Cage Warriors banner. With a big battle for the featherweight title at Cage Warriors 145 in London just a matter of weeks away, Mitchell will no doubt look to make this performance his best one yet, and get the Cage Warriors matchmakers on notice.
Just a few days out from the battle, Brian gave us some time to talk to him before the action.
Brian Mitchell Interview
Hey Brian! How’s the fight camp? How are you feeling mentally and physically right now? Have you changed anything up for this camp?
“There is no such thing as a fight camp for us over at factory X, we train year-round… consistently. I’m the best I’ve ever been. Mentally and physically. Honestly, I haven’t changed anything. I’ve seen 10 Roberto’s.. he’s never experienced someone like me.”
Roberto said recently you’re a good counter puncher. But he’s better and will find holes in your game. What’s your response to that?
“He also said I never have a plan…MAJOR CAP haha. He’s not watching the film close enough if that’s all he took away from it. I’m not just a counter puncher, I’m a walking all-around striking clinic. Cannot wait to show the world”
With a win this weekend. What’s next for you? Cage Warriors has a huge reputation in the UK and Europe. So being from the UK myself, I have to ask. Are we likely to see you on UK soil for a scrap?
“I’m down for whatever honestly. Personally, I don’t like looking too forward to the future. But I am open to a UK fight. You guys have amazing energy and I would be proud to fight in the UK! Let’s see how Cage Warriors feels about it after this weekend”
MMA and Real Estate?
Fingers crossed! Other than MMA, what passions do you have? I notice you’re a realtor! How did you get into that career path?
“So I had a knee injury that prevented me from training. Instead of sitting on my ass. I started Real Estate school and passed. Then sold $750,000 worth of real estate in my first quarter! I’ve always had a passion to help others change their lives and improve their situation. So real estate was right up my alley! I also have a son on the way. Never been so excited about something in my life!”
That’s amazing. It was make or break time and you made it. Congrats on the news of your son also. That’ll be an incredible journey! Who are some of your biggest influences in the MMA world?
“Right now, I look up to my teammates who are paving their own paths. Guys like Brandon “Rawdog” Royval, “The Hanyak” Dustin Jacoby, also Jonathan Martinez, and Alex Hernandez! I could name my whole team but those are a few.! Other than my teammates, I’ve always looked up to the likes of Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, and Khabib because of the numbers they bring in.”
Talking of Diaz and McGregor, do you think we’ll ever get the trilogy? If so, who takes it?
“I don’t see a trilogy happening! Maybe when they’re both old and want to only box in their 50s for clout haha. Nate for sure. Conor will be too hopped up on Proper Twelve!”
Saturday night, what can we expect to see from Brian Mitchell?
“Superstar potential. Natural talent. Impeccable footwork. And hella violence!”
Any final messages you want to tell the fans? And any shoutouts to anyone you want to give?
“Tune in to UFC fight pass Friday night. Would love to show people a glimpse into what the future holds for the sport of MMA ! Shoutout to all my family over at Factory X and Iridium Sports Management. My PTs at Barwis. And my strength coaches at Landow Performance!”
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