Aaron Phillips Says He's Only Been A Full Time MMA Fighter For Nine Weeks
Posted by Joseph Lee on 08.20.2014
In an interview with The Advertiser, Aaron Phillips (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) said that he's only been a full-time MMA fighter for nine weeks. He will fight Matt Hobar (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the FOX Sports 2 preliminary card (8 PM ET) of UFC Fight Night 49 from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
On finally having time to focus on MMA: "I teach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and I'm about to finish up my master's degree, but I slowed things down with school to focus on this camp. I've only been a professional mixed martial artist for the last nine weeks – no school or no other distractions or anything. That gets me very excited and very motivated."
On his debut: "Even if it was my UFC debut, I know this is where I'm supposed to be: fighting the elite class of fighters. It was a lesson learned. I didn't really feel any jitters. I felt a whole lot of excitement but not really any anxiety or nervousness. I think Vegas has a lot to offer as far as lights and shows and things like that, which was an exciting part of making my debut. I'm also excited about Tulsa, Oklahoma, that maybe doesn't have as many lights and shows. It's a business trip. That's all that going to Tulsa is for."
On fighting Hobar: "I had been trying to get on with (Legacy FC) for a while, and I knew he was the champion, so I expected to fight my way to getting a shot at him, though I doubt he really knew who I was coming up. But we will get our shot at each other, and now it's just on a bigger scale. I'm excited about it. I know he's a high-caliber wrestler and a high-caliber judo player, but I'm more than prepared. I'm just supremely confident right now. I'm 100 percent healthy, 100 percent focused, and I'm going to get the ‘W' this weekend. That's how it's going to go."