An Interview w/Blaine Peters Ahead of Strike Off 9 on April 8

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By: Nick Portella (@Nremtb)

Good day fight fans!  Today I will be sitting down with military veteran Blaine Peters, who will be making his professional MMA debut at Strike Off 9 on April 8.  Let’s pull up a seat and get to know him!

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Nick:  What does it mean (for you) to be a fighter?

Blaine:  To me it’s the ultimate form of competition, two highly skilled and trained professionals displaying masterful knowledge and execution of techniques learned through intense training and countless repetitions. I like showing that this is a human chess match with every move being calculated with desired intent, not just two barbarians locked in a cage looking to spill some blood.

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Nick:  At what age did you begin to train martial arts?

Blaine:  I began wrestling in high school and immediately became hooked with how much there was to learn and the difference it made between someone who trains and someone who doesn’t.  After a couple of years on the mats, I could easily out grapple people who weighed more than 50 pounds my weight who didn’t train. After high school, I still had the itch for competition and joined a local MMA gym in my hometown where I began training in kickboxing and jiu-jitsu as well.

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Nick:  What belts do you have and in what disciplines?

Blaine:  I am currently a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt.

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Nick:  With an amateur record of 4-1 what made you decide to jump to the pros so soon?

Blaine:  I’ve been training since 2011 and I have had five amateur MMA bouts and two amateur kickboxing bouts on top of countless BJJ tournaments where I have excelled at all of them. I have had many stretches in time where I wasn’t actively fighting but still training and improving my skillset, preparing myself to turn professional, and now is my time.

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Nick:  How long have you been with Sodel Jiu Jitsu?

Blaine:  Sodel was opened up while I did my tour in Afghanistan but I knew the head instructor there who was a mastermind at Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so upon my return in 2014 I began training there and making improvements to my game.

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Nick:  With your fighting style do you prefer to keep the fight on your feet or take it to the ground?

Blaine:  I feel comfortable in every aspect of MMA.  I don’t believe I have any glaring weaknesses so I simply take my opportunities as they present themselves in a fight and give myself the best chance to win.

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Nick:  What would you say your biggest strengths are, and what’s the thing you need to work on the most?

Blaine:  In this game, there is always something more to learn, some way to improve, to be the best I need to raise my level in all areas even if I believe them sharp currently you can never get satisfied and complacent. My biggest strength, not to be generic, would have to be my well-roundedness (laughs). I am ready for anything in the cage, and I feel like there’s nowhere in the fight that I won’t be able to do my thing.

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Nick:  What’s your favorite strike/submission to use in any fight?

Blaine:  I love head kicks. With punches people can say oh he got lucky, throwing a wild punch that caught him. With a head kick, it’s just impressive to see. The fans love it and it really swings the momentum your way even if you don’t get the knockout.

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Nick:  People talk about the next generation of fighters all the time.  Do you feel that you represent the next generation of fighters in some ways?  Do you feel any pressure to represent that next generation?

Blaine:  I do feel kind of like that next generation of fighters that are becoming more prominent at the top of the sport, athletic, tactful, and skilled in all aspects of the fight game. Not too many one trick ponies around these days, everybody is damn good at everything. I don’t feel any pressure from it, though. No need to stack unnecessary stress on your shoulders, I just go out there and handle business.

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Nick:  With cutting weight and fighter safety always being a priority.  What methods of cutting weight do you use?  How much weight do you usually have to cut before a fight?  Do you feel the weight cut has a major impact on your strength before a fight?

Blaine:  When I cut weight I try to clean up my diet to lean out as much as possible and then cut the rest as water weight close to the weigh-ins. I’ve cut as much as 15 pounds to make some of my fights before, and you can definitely feel the difference, it’s extremely hard on the body. When weight cutting originated it was so the fighter would have a size and strength advantage against his opponent come fight night after putting the weight back on, but it’s so mainstream now everyone does it.  It’s kind of the reverse. You don’t do it to gain an advantage so much as knowing if you don’t you’ll be at a disadvantage. One day I’d like for drastic weight cutting to be eliminated from the sport, it’s so dangerous and can really affect the kind of performance fighters have on fight night so they can’t fight to their full potential.

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Nick:  How do you feel knowing that your professional debut is coming up quick?  April is right around the corner.

Blaine:  I’m more than ready, I can’t wait to go out and perform and to further my career.

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Nick:  Do you have a career goal to sign with UFC or Bellator?  If not why?  If so which one and why?

Blaine:  Both are huge promotions and I would love to one day fight with either of them, which is certainly a goal. I’d have to say I’d love to make it to the UFC though, nothing validates you quite like having been on the UFC roster.

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Nick:  Most fighters at some point are branded with a nickname.  Do you have one currently?  If so what is it?  Who gave it to you?

Blaine:  I’ve had plenty of attempted nicknames over the years but none have stuck so far haha.

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Nick:  With the USADA tightening up on fighters with pre-fight testing and several suspension being handed out, how do you feel about fighters getting banned for non-controlled substances?

Blaine:  I agree with the strict enforcement, It takes away from the purity of the sport when fighters are looking for an edge and rely on some kind of drug or steroid to improve their performance. Work on your skillset and you won’t need those crutches.

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Nick:  You understand that marketing is important in this sport.  Do you plan on one day having your own brand?

Blaine:  It would be nice for sure, no one can fight forever and making a name for yourself leads to other career options when it’s finally time to hang em up.

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Nick:  Since you have made this journey what advice can you give to new fighters wanting to make this a career?

Blaine:  Train a lot, with the best you can. Get smashed in training, ask questions, always be hungry to improve. Don’t rush into fights you aren’t ready for, take things on your terms. If you want to get to the top this has to be your life not just a hobby, don’t take things too lightly because this sport is dangerous, and not many can do it.

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Nick:  Do you have any plans for after your fight on April 8?  I love getting the news that isn’t out there yet.  

Blaine:  Nothing official on the books but as long as I don’t get too banged up i’d love to rack up another couple of fights before the year is done, get some quality wins and hopefully that Dana guy will get in contact with me at some point.

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Nick:  I know that you are a veteran that served in Afghanistan.  I am also an Army veteran.  I would like to thank you for your service.  It allows people to live free and do what they want.  Do you think your time away in the military helped you mentally with your MMA career?

Blaine:  Thank you, I appreciate your service as well. I think it does prepare you for MMA both mentally and physically, from basic to deployment this is real they’re training you for life and death. MMA is dangerous as well, but it’s a fun, sanctioned sport, not war, so I feel like that gives you a huge mental edge. Guys like Brian Stann and Tim Kennedy have made similar statements I believe.

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Nick:  Do you have a prediction for your debut?  

Blaine:  Knockout or submission are the goals here, the quicker the better.

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Nick:  Who is your favorite MMA fighter past or present?

Blaine:  Georges St. Pierre was always a favorite of mine, just because he was one of the pioneers of the current MMA landscape in my opinion. He could do it all, and the new generation of fighter is looking to emulate that.

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Nick:  If you could have one dream fight with anyone, who would it be?  Why?

Blaine:  Justin Bieber. Nothing personal it would just be fun as shit to do. I’ll even walk out to a Bieber song. Somebody please set this up.


Nick’s Take: I have to thank Blaine for taking some time to answer some questions.  Thank you again for your service to this country.  I wish you all the best in your debut.  Signing off this is Nick Portella.

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