In a few short days, undefeated welterweight prospect, and BJJ blackbelt, Earl Small makes his long-awaited return to the cage at CFFC 94 when he takes on Adam Wamsley.
“Trouble” hasn’t competed inside of the cage since November of 2018 when he defeated Jay Ellis with an impressive first-round Twister submission. Since then, Small has focused on his teaching role at 302 BJJ, located in Wilmington Delaware, where he honed in and “took some time to focus,” he says. Now, “I’m ready to rock!”
While on the sidelines, Small had a plethora of friends and training partners make leaps and bounds in the regional scene, all the way to the UFC. During the quarantine period, Earl remembers thinking, “wow what am I doing? I’m kinda bored. I need to feel some fear and anxiety. I want to fight!”
Once the decision was made, the 27-year-old blackbelt has slammed his pedal to the metal in training, gearing up for a return.
“It’s an interesting matchup and I’m very excited,” Small says about the bout. “I look at Adam like a grinder. He puts out a high pace. He fights! He brings a fight and I really respect.” Crediting Wamsley, “I think he’s a tougher opponent than my other opponents.”
Talking about the actual fight, “Trouble” says, “I see myself as a much more diverse striker,” he says in comparison. “Which he doesn’t get to see which is a big advantage of mine,” he claims.
“If I was him, I would just be trying to put on a big pressure,” Small tips off Wamsley. “Maybe try to put me in deep water,” he says. “What he doesn’t know is I’ve been in that deep water for a long time with a lot of monsters. And that’s the reason I can go out there and sub somebody in a minute with a freakish move,” Small confesses.
“If I’m a betting man, I’m going to say that I get a finish in the second round,” Small predicts. “Via TKO or sub.”
Tune in to listen to the entire conversation as MyMMANews stops into 302 BJJ to catch up with the welterweight standout. He discusses his anxieties, nerves, his plans to dominate and so much more!
LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW WITH EARL SMALL BELOW:
Currently studying Broadcast Journalism at Wilmington University, Adam’s passion for the sport only grows stronger when a fighter’s voice can be heard. He thrives on asking detailed questions to inspire the thoughts behind the punches in hopes that each fighter can find their proper justice. Specializing in pre and post fight interviews for MyMMANews, Adam strives to keep the fight fans up to speed with the most recent and authentic MMA news possible.
He is Co-promoter of Delaware’s premier kick-boxing and Muay Thai organization, IBF Promotions. Recently he has also accompanied MMA organizations Global Proving Ground and XCC as Co-host and ringside commentator.