For this weeks XFE Cage Wars fighter of the week selected by our Facebook fans is Pro MMA Fighter Dean Lavin.
XFE: How long have you been interested in MMA & training?
Dean: I’ve been interested since the beginning, even before I knew of mma. I always thought there should be a competitive sport based on martial arts, being martial arts wasn’t designed with competition in mind. I started fighting in 2003 and starting training at a gym the same year but always studied on my own.
XFE: With a newborn and other children how do you manage to balance training and family?
Dean: Managing training with a full family and job is definitely difficult. I just try to use every opportunity I can to train, even at work and home. However my first priority is being a dad which is a very rewarding job.
XFE: Outside of training what are your interests?
Dean: I really have no other interest other then my family, combat sports consumes me otherwise.
XFE: What fighter or trainer has most inspired you in MMA?
Drew: Bruce Lee first inspired me as well as “Iceman” Chuck Liddell. His style, attitude and the way he carries himself just shows he is a fighter. The trainers that have inspired I have to say are Freddie roach and Bas Rutten, that man is a genius when it comes to martial arts.
XFE: As a fighter from VA how does it affect your fight game fighting out of state?
Dean: Being out of state doesn’t really affect me. I’m usually not the favorite or popular fighter so it’s really and old hat for me.
XFE: If you could choose an opponent who would it be and why?
I don’t think I could really choose an opponent; every fighter has something to offer. I just would just hope to take something away from it.
XFE: What fight from your ammy & pro career stand out the most for you?
Dean: Definitely my first Ammy fight, I drove from Virgina to Oregon with minimal training to fight in Chael Sonnens organization. I won the fight and was interviewed by Randy couture. As for a Pro fight, that would have to be my last fight with XFE against Bill Algeo. I would have never believed I would have won by submission. I train ground and am good at it, but I tend to just want to stand with my opponent.
XFE: How does your family feel about your involvement in MMA?
Dean: My family likes my involvement; they think its cool and like to brag about it. My wife is a pretty big fan so that helps. The only part my family doesn’t like is me being away.
XFE: What is your prediction for your fight at XFE Cage Wars 21 Mar 23?
Dean: I don’t do fight predictions, just too many variables in mma one the things I like about the sport.
XFE: Anything else you would like your fans to know about you?
Dean: Most of my fans know me personally, and would agree that I’m pretty straight forward person and I love to fight. MMA is the truest form of self expression in my humble opinion.
Dean has a scheduled match against Tom Marcellino at 145lbs, at XFE Cage Wars 21 March 23 at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem PA.