In our serier of fighter interview we catch up with welterweight contender Rob Leybourne ahead of #UIC10 which takes place on 16th November at Leisure@Cheltenham.
UIC: Firstly thanks for taking the time to answer some questions, your fight on our 10th event and Paul Sutherland has put together a great fight card. What does it mean to you to be part of this land mark event?
Rob Leybourne: To be asked to fight on this card is a great honour, it's well know show so to be on the main card means a lot.
UIC: For those who don't know you, what team to you fight out of, what's your record and to date what has been your greatest achievement in MMA?
Rob Leybourne: I fight out of Lions Den Mma and I'm 1-1. I couldn't really commit to anyone achievement as the greatest as to me there all equally as important, each loss is as important as each win and if I can take something away from each triumph or defeat then for me that progression and improvement is a great achievement.
UIC: When are you the most nervous while you are competing?
Rob Leybourne: Without doubt I'm most nervous in the warm up room before the fight. I'll get 5 minute call that I'm up next, at which I take myself to the toilet and in true Eminem 8 mile style, throw up everywhere, once that's out my system I'm ready to fight and the nerves have completely gone. Its become a ritual now so much so that my coach Dave Mathews worries if I don't throw up.
UIC: How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?
Rob Leybourne: Working out on your own I find a lot harder as you don't have someone shouting at you to push your self harder. So you really have to dig deep and motivate yourself. I tend to work mostly on core strength, circuit training and I always like to finish working a bag in front of a mirror to see where I'm getting sloppy when fatigued.
UIC: What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not in MMA?
Rob Leybourne: That's a tough question, I've always been active and enjoyed sport. I've tried most things from rock climbing to cycling, but I've never felt like other sport is what I was meant to do. When I found MMA it just just clicked and I knew there was nothing else I could see my self competing in.
UIC: As you have chosen MMA what is it about the sport that keeps you coming back and keeps you motivated?
Rob Leybourne: As much as MMA is an individual sport, it's a team sport too, you could train with out training partners. So I like the team being a part of something side of it. But I'd have to say the greatest thing is the challenge, I always want to test myself and see what kind of man I am, what I'm made of.
UIC: A training camp can be a very stressful yet satisfy time for every fighter... What are your best and worst parts of preparing for a fight?
Rob Leybourne: Best part is seeing your self transform into a machine. The worst with out doubt is weight cutting....with out doubt.
UIC: Silly quick fire questions:
What is your favorite Disney movie? Little mermaid, that half fish half woman is hot!
What is your favourite sweet? I don't like sweets, I wish I did but I just don't.
What is your favorite room in your house? The bed room....gigidy
What is your greatest fear? Failure, losing, it's what makes me so nervous
What is the best compliment you have ever received? Your not as stupid as your look.
UIC: Finally of there is anyone you'd like to thanks, such as you team mate, coaches and sponsors please feel free to do so.
Rob Leybourne: Yea of course, a massive thank you to Dave Mathews my coach, all of my training partners Ben reese, Tobi Hartman, Darrel Grant, Kev Donnelly to name but a few. Also to all my friends and family that always support me win or lose, thanks guys. Lastly to Paul Sutherland for having me on his show.
Thanks Rob for taking the time to answer our questions. For more information on the fightcard, where to get tickets please CLICK HERE
Events sponsors: Discount MMA, Poundout Gear, Armour Wash, BEM Serve, Trophy World, Puro Fight Gear / MMA Apparel and DR Creative Media.