V3Fights: 5 QUESTIONS WITH JONNY WESTER

On August 2 in Nashville, TN, Jonny Wester has an opportunity of a lifetime
when he takes on arguably the best welterweight in the southeast region,
Ben “The Ruler” Brewer.  Wester hails from Conway, AR and is currently
4-1 as a pro.  He trains out of Gravitias MMA, which he currently owns.

Wester brings an element to the table that may just be the recipe to knock
off someone of Brewer’s caliber.  Not only do many feel that he has the
advantage in the striking department, but if the fight goes to the ground
Wester may very well be able to hold his own being that he holds a purple
belt in jiu-jitsu.  See what Wester had to say about this upcoming fight
with ‘The Ruler.’

How did you get started in MMA?

I started in California when I lived there playing music.  Some of my
friends brought me into a Muay Thai gym to try it out and I loved it.  I
went home and was practicing in my room and I’d meet up with my friends and
‘train’ in their garage.  After I moved back to Arkansas, I wanted to
continue training just for fun.  A friend and I went to Inferno MMA and
Kaleb Plank started training me there and brought me up as a fighter.

What are your thoughts on your opponent Ben Brewer?

Ben is an incredibly tough guy.  He likes to push forward and really
grind.  I think this is going to be an absolute war.  We both seem to like
to set our own pace and outwork our opponents.  I think whoever is able to
work harder that day is going to win.  It’s all about fighting for the
extra inch.  I don’t see anything but fireworks coming out of this fight.

Where do you feel you have the advantage in this fight?

I really feel like my striking is where it’s going to be.  He loves to
pressure forward and I just have to keep him from grinding out the
takedown.  I don’t see him as a very technical guy in most areas, however,
he makes up for that in willpower.  I just have to make sure I don’t let
him lure me into fighting at a close range.

What is your biggest strength as a fighter?

My striking is by far my biggest strength.  I have some of the best coaches
and teammates that I can ask for making sure I stay well rounded.  I’m
ready for the fight to happen anywhere.

Any final comments?

I’ve got to give a shout out to some of my coaches helping me out for this
fight.  Danny Smith, my boxing coach, has helped my hands come a long way.
I want to thank my strength coach Robert Stiner for making sure I am
physically capable of dominating anywhere the fight goes.  Josh Root has
really stepped up and made sure we have a sound game plan and has
sacrificed his time and body everyday to make sure I am prepared.  Thanks
to my team, sponsors, and anyone else who has helped me along the way.

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