“RFC 27: Showtime Preview; Brad May”
Real Fighting Championships 27: Showtime features a title fight, a highly anticipated rematch, and many professional debuts for young, hungry fighters. One of those Fighters is Brad May, a 2nddegree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. May, originally from upstate New York, fights out of Spring Hill, Florida. At 25 years old he has put together an amateur MMA record of 3-1 and a kickboxing record of 0-1. He is a local fighter to the Tampa Bay area, fighting at such events as the Battle of Tampa Bay and the Art of
Fighting. Of his 3 wins, 2 have come by way of submission from a guillotine choke, the 3rd by unanimous decision. Both of his losses have come from unanimous decisions. When asked if this was a favorite move of his, he replied “It’s usually easy, they stick their head out and I finish them”. I recently had the opportunity to sit down with him and get to know the man and the fighter. Of the man I found a relentlessly dedicated person, one who is all about his responsibilities. Of the fighter, I found exactly the same thing. His training and future as an MMA fighter are of the highest importance to him. He has a ruthless training schedule, when I asked him about the black eye he had over his right eye, he replied “I got popped hard in training yesterday”.
Brad began training for his MMA debut just over 2 years ago. He fights out of Gracie Barra New Port Richey, FL. He also trains at Banks MMA in Tampa and does some occasional cross training at Omega MMA, also in Tampa. Brad’s amateur debut was against Phillip Landino in March of 2011, which he won by unanimous decision. His last fight was against Myles Gilbert which was by guillotine choke at the Battle of Tampa Bay in April of 2012. Brad’s upcoming opponent at RFC 27, his professional debut, is Russian sambo wrestler Ibragim Todashev. Not much is known about Todashev. When I asked Brad if it is a disadvantage not knowing much about his opponent, he replied with “Not at all, I train for any fight style going into every one of my fights”. As we sat and talked his passion for fighting was clear to me. Brad walks around at around 168 lbs., but fights in the Lightweight division. When I asked if he is open to fighting anybody, he replied “I will fight anybody, I welcome all challenges. That is how you make it as a fighter”. I asked Brad how he sees his upcoming fight going, his response was as follows; “I want to finish him, I want a TKO. I’m predicting a 2nd round TKO victory”. RFC 27 is sure to be a night of exciting fights, Brad May is sure to be a fighter to watch as he sets his foundation in professional MMA.
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Brad fights out of: http://www.portricheybjj.com/