ShoFIGHT 24 Fighter Profile: Hardy Friely

ShoFIGHT 24 Fighter Profile: Hardy Friely 

Hardy Friely is not one to talk. To be honest he didn’t even want to do an interview but he decided that he would give me a few minutes to tell MMAMadhouse about himself. Hardy will compete with 11 other top fighters from the Midwest at ShoFIGHT 24: ‘Branson Brawl’ Single Night MMA Tournament to become the first BMF Featherweight Champion.

Chris Gregory
Hardy, I know you didn’t really want to do any interviews so thank you for giving me a few minutes. Tell the fans a little about yourself and where you train?

Hardy Friely
Shit, I’m 25 I act like I’m probably 19.  ummm I started training at 15 my parents hated me doing jiu jitsu so I had to sneak out to go train, my first fight was July 13th 2007 and got my black belt two days after my fight. Probably the one thing I cherish. Ten days after that I left for boot camp for the Marine’s, was home for about a month fought again November 10 2007(both losses to very impressive fighters. I lost by decision which I’m ok with, I know one is pro the other I don’t know) couldn’t fight until I got out almost got in trouble for the November fight, came back home September 2011 started training at Proving Grounds Gym. Me and my trainer (DJ Randal) actually trained under the same sensei, Robert Souza. He passed away in 2009, since then I’ve been 6-1 so my record is 6-3 I normally try to fight 135 but I’ve taken 155 before on last minute, life aint fun if u aint risking shit!!!!

Chris Gregory
you’re doing good brother. I want to know why you decided to compete in the one night tournament

Hardy Friely
Old School rules! Hell yeah! First time this has been around that I’ve seen and I got asked to and I don’t have to drop weight and get to compete with top fighters? I’d be dumb to pass this up. I’m even calling into work since they won’t switch my schedule.

Chris Gregory
I know you have some teammates in the tourney. (Cory Heinz and Caleb Dye). Hopefully you will not have to fight each other but how do you feel about the possibly of fighting a friend?

Hardy Friely 
We all understand what we are doing but it was funny finding out because we were all at first like ummm what? You’re doing it too? Our team is like family no matter what we r always there for each other no matter what, Cory has come a long way from when I first met him thank god he finally started listening so he has improved so much. Caleb well that’s another story, his dad I call dad, and his mom I call mom. My Grandparents are dead so his grandparents are mine. Trust me, G-ma chews my ass for things we do lol. So Caleb is like my brother. We are really close and we tell each other how it is. Fighting each other well I guess it’ll be fun. I will finally get to test them at 100% since I’m mainly the guy they work ground with so hopefully I’m doing something right and they beat me, I’d be happy with that.

Chris Gregory
If you had a choice of who to fight 1st in the tournament. Who would it be?    

Hardy Friely
I don’t do call outs so whoever I get matched up with I guess! I’m just glad I got an invite to this

Chris Gregory
What do you hope to gain from a tournament like this?

Hardy Friely
Have fun, new friends, and see how my training partners have improved

Chris Gregory
I have not seen you fight yet. What should I expect to see on Saturday night?

Hardy Friely
me having fun doing the sport I love

Chris Gregory
Have you fought anyone that is in the tournament?

Hardy Friely
I fought Kory Jamal, other than that, NO.

Chris Gregory
How did that fight go?

Hardy Friely
beat him with a go go plata to armbar in the first

Chris Gregory
I know you are a Marine. Do you feel like that helps you in MMA?

Hardy Friely
I don’t know. I’ve never needed a full day to get mentally prepared for a fight that’s a waste of time, I like to smoke 3 fights before I’m up, then get mentally prepared, so I guess nope.

Chris Gregory
you’re crazy man. You have to quit smoking those damn cigarettes man
Hardy Friely
Is it bad that I don’t do cardio, smoke, and I can still roll for as long as I need to? Last time I did cardio was like a year ago lol
Chris Gregory
Yeah. It’s horrible man. Thank you for giving me some time. Are there any sponsors or anyone you would like to thank?

Hardy Friely
24Fit, PhD bail bond, rock 107, DJ Randal, coach Myers, Ethan Flenniken, Cory Heinz, Caleb Dye, everyone that’s made me not quit when I wanted to, friends, family, and the troops overseas doing time, couldn’t do this if the marines weren’t guarding heaven’s gate.

And Trevor Frye he bitches me out when I need it.

Make sure you catch ShoFight 24 on GFL.TV for $9.99 or get tickets at ShoFIGHT.com

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