Norwegian native Tommy Skaugrim is no stranger to the UK regional scene, and on Saturday night, he looks to catapult himself back into the win column.
Almighty FC makes the Metrodome in Barnsley their home once again, and promoter Ray Thompson has put together a stacked amateur and professional showing. Headlining the main event is Shawon Choudhury, who puts his flyweight title on the line against number one ranked flyweight Joe Fields.
I had the opportunity of touching base with amateur bantamweight Tommy Skaugrim ahead of fight night. Read the full exclusive interview below.
Interview With Tommy Skaugrim
Saturday night, you make the walk for the eighth time in your amateur career. What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learned thus far?
I felt I co do more work, but also, I was confused about the scorecard because I did not agree with the decision.
We saw you compete on Almighty FC 24 earlier in the year, which saw you drop a unanimous decision to Brooklyn Thomas. What do you feel went wrong in your performance for you not to have walked away with the victory?
I know that certain judges don’t score high when you are on your back, even if you have more attacks. I have worked more chain-based to prevent this if it gets to the ground.
Tommy Skaugrim Talks Norwegian MMA
Fighting out of Norway, and a regular of flying to the UK and taking fights on the regional circuit. How would you describe the current state of MMA in Norway? Is it on the rise? How long until we see a plethora of talent coming through from the country?
Now it’s only us and north-Korea that don’t allow us to compete in MMA at home, but luckily that now seems to change. It’s more up to debate now about it because of some tv-show, and some figures are speaking out (Thomas Narmo and Jack Hermansson.
On Saturday night, you face Catalin Predica. What do you know about your opponent, if anything, and how do you feel you match up against him?
I took a short look, and he looks great. I know it will be a good show for the crowd! I prefer now not to watch and study too much because when you don’t have a lot of fights, many things can change, and I need to focus on my game.
Experience Leading Into Battle
You have had a significant amount more time inside the cage than Catalin. Do you feel your experience will play a factor to your advantage on the night?
I feel like my experience plays a role, and I have good stamina, but I also know you never know what comes around and I am prepared for that.
For those attending and tuning in via PPV, what can fans expect to see from you on Aug.20? Sell it to them.
For those tuning in from PPV: you will see two bantamweights giving it all, and I am known to bring it!
I’ll give you the last word. Do you have anyone you’d like to thank or shout out?
Thank you, and thanks to Almighty FC for giving us the chance to come back and bring you a show!
Featured image credits to DN4 Photography