This Sunday sees the debut of Indian promotion Super Fight League with a card from Andheri Sports Complex, Mumbai which is headlined by a potentially hilarious fight between James Thompson and Bob Sapp.
Sapp, relatively fresh from another first round submission to strikes, is surprisingly confident about his chances in this heavyweight bout and gave the following interview, thanks to Zara Shirwan, regarding his foe and fighting in India for Super Fight League.
A lot of the Indian fight fans will already know who you are but there might be a few that haven’t seen “The Beast” in action yet, what can they expect on March 11th?
On March 11th, you’re gonna see more action than in the past, which has been mostly poor performance and lot of talk, this time it’s all action. You’re gonna see the Beast get another victory.
You’re a renowned striker with 2 victories over K-1 Legend Ernesto Hoost to list just 2 fights from your kickboxing record, I’m going to assume you’re going to be looking to knock out James Thompson?
Yes of course. I always look for a KO.
As well as your K-1 skills you’re more than capable on the ground, that fight with Big Nog was an epic battle, how hard have you been working on your ground skills in the lead up to this fight?
I’ve been working on my ground skills. Putting in there upwards of 3 to 6 hours a day dedicated to training. And of course part of it is groundwork, and being that I am a striker, ground work for me is more for positioning and striking on the ground.
You’ve fought all over the world, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Poland, The United States and many more but this will be your first time fighting in India, how have the fans reacted to you so far and what are you expecting them to be like on fight night?
I love India. I am looking forward to eating ethnic foods. I am big fan of gold. So we have that in common.
James Thompson is, like yourself, a graduate of the Japanese Pride Fighting Championship back when it was the premier MMA organisation in the world, does that fact add any spice to the fight?
Absolutely. We were supposed to actually fight in England before, so now we finally get this fight going!
What are you expecting from James Thompson when you meet inside the O-Zone? You’re both known for coming out fast and hard!
I expect him to come out charging like he always does. So I will meet him in the center and we’re gonna slug it out.
What can James Expect from “The Beast” on the 11th?
Definitely I am gonna go after him. And as you know when you get two guys in there that are as big as us, the fight will never last long. So expect to have my hand raised at the end.
Any messages to your Indian fans?
Expect to see the Beast going for the gold. Afterwards, let’s go out and party!!!
Dana White may not be a fan of CEO Ken Pavia but there’s little doubt that broadcasting a free mma event online will certainly garner a strong interest.
The organization has made big signings running up to this event, Todd Duffee being arguably the biggest, but it’s hard to understand the logic of booking Bob Sapp in any kind of credible main event capacity.
Super Fight League 1 is broadcast on Youtube on Sunday 11th March at 7:15pm IST.