Justin Wilcox Talks About How His Faith Helped Him Return To MMA
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.11.2013
He'll fight Joe Taimanglo tonight...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Justin Wilcox (12-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) said that it was his faith that helped him come back to MMA after he spent a over a year without fighting at all. He will fight Joe Taimanglo (19-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) tonight at Bellator 103.
On his faith: "If I could go back to June of this past summer and step through what's happened in my life – I went a year without fighting and I was getting really down on myself. It was good vs. evil, and the Lord brought me out of that and into the light. I'd told my wife, 'Leslie, I don't even know if I'm going to be fighting anymore.' But the Lord made me an athlete."
On his fight with Taimanglo: "Fights against guys like Joe Taimanglo are my favorite. He's an exciting fighter, too. I was watching this kid and getting this huge smile on my face. I love these fights. He's just a banger and he gets in there and fights, and those are the fights that excite me. Joe's nickname, 'The Juggernaut,' suits him well. He's going to try to knock you out. If you look up 'fighter,' there's probably a picture of Joe. He's not going to back down or quit, he's going to come right at you. He's a great striker and he's tough on the ground, so he's someone that no one should ever overlook."
On entertaining the audience: "Every time I fight, I plan on putting on a show. That's what people come to see. I don't want people to be like, 'Oh, it's just Justin Wilcox. He's not that fun to watch.' I want them to be like, 'Oh man, Justin Wilcox! He's always exciting – we've gotta sit down and watch this fight.'"