Jack Evans is oozing confidence ahead of lightweight battle with Ryan Dobinson at Rise and Conquer 11.
Evans enters the contest coming off a stoppage victory over Mason Shatwell at BMF 2, and will be adamant in mirroring his performance in April.
We had the pleasure of speaking with Jack Evans before fight night. Read the full exclusive interview below.
Interview With Jack Evans
Fight night is upon us, and you’re looking in phenomenal shape ahead of October 1st. Are you always in such good shape outside prepping for fights?
I always try to keep myself in amazing shape in and out of fight camp. However, I feel when I am preparing for my fights, I put more effort in because I want to be ready and prepared for anything.
On that topic, talk us through your training routine. Are you doing any strength and conditioning to maintain your physique?
My training is very normal outside of fight camp. I go to the gym (fitness2000) 5 days a week, usually in the mornings from around nine till about half 12, to lift weights and train my strength and conditioning, this is very beneficial for me and a very important part of my life, it keeps me strong and healthy outside my fights.
Jack Evans Talks Most Recent Outing
We last saw you in action in April vs Mason Shatwell. Did that fight go as expected? Looking back, do you take anything from that performance that you hope to implement in your contest with Ryan Dobinson on October 1st?
The fight went as expected with Mason Shatwell, but there are always things to take away from experience. There were a few mistakes I made during the fight but nothing I couldn’t go back and correct. I feel that mason and Ryan Dobinson are two different fighters, but there are things I can implement into that fight to take the win.
Since training and competing in MMA, is there anything that’s taken you by surprise? Any shocks you’ve had in terms of the hard graft, or were you always aware of the hard grind?
I always believed the grind to be good at the sport would be difficult; however, I was really shocked at just how difficult. You need to be 100% devoted to the sport and training. You can’t afford to slip up or just miss training because you feel like this will set you back, and you will be behind everyone else. Every session is important and can mean a lot. This shocked me when I first started because I hadn’t realised how determined you needed to be, but even now, things still shock me, such as when we learn new techniques and new styles, but it’s what we do, and it makes us all better fighters.
Your opponent on the night is also coming off a victory over Mason Shatwell. What are your thoughts on this fight? Have you taken anything from his previous fights, or are you just focused on your own strengths?
I watched Ryan Dobinson beat Mason Shatwell at BMF 3 before I knew I’d be facing him, and I thought it was a good finish. The kick was timed perfectly. However, I also saw flaws in Ryan’s performance, and I believe I can use them to my advantage and hopefully turn this into a one-sided fight which I believe it will be. Along with that, I saw another one of his fights, which I believe to be his first one, and I took a lot from that, but he could have improved since then, so I am prepared.
Who’s been your main training partner in this camp? Anyone, in particular, you’ve worked with the most?
I haven’t had any specific training partners. They have varied over the weeks. I can just thank everyone at TFT MMA for helping me and getting me ready for this fight and my coach Andrew Fisher for teaching me everything I know about the sport; it’s an honour to be taught by someone with great knowledge of the sport.
It’s very early days in the sport for you. A lot of time to develop and progress and perfect the craft. I’m intrigued. What are your goals within the sport at this stage? Short and long-term?
It is very early days for me in the sport, and I do still have a lot to learn. Still, one day my goal is to be an undisputed UFC champion. I will work toward that goal until it becomes a reality. For short-term goals, I would like to compete in the IMMAF. It’s a brilliant opportunity for young amateur fighters to travel the world and display their talent, so I would definitely like to do that maybe next year.
How does Jack Evans snap the two-fight win streak of Ryan Dobinson at Rise and Conquer?
I’m going to dominate the fight, come Rise & Conquer in every aspect of the fight. My pressure and pace will keep him on the back foot, which will lead him into confusion and frustration and then I will get the finish and get another win on my record.
Featured image credits to Jack Evans