Shane Rodenburg (1-1) takes on Gary Edwards (3-17) this Saturday, June 30 at KOP 62. In this interview, Rodenburg discusses his start in MMA, his goals in the sport and his upcoming fight.
How did you get involved in MMA?
“I wrestled in college and my neighbor is Tim Oleary, the announcer for Knockout Promotions and he put me in contact with KOP.”
Do you have a nickname?
“No nickname yet.”
Where do you train and who are some of your training partners?
“I train out of Triumph MMA. My main training partners are Joshua Zimmer, Adrian Lyons, Brandon Emmons, Brett Martin and the rest of the killers at Triumph.”
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How excited are you for this fight?
“I’m very excited. I haven’t fought since last September. A lot of fights have fell through so I’m just ready to get back in there.”
You are fighting Gary Edwards who is 3-15, are you able to focus on his skills instead of his record to stay motivated?
“I’m always motivated, Gary has more experience than I do. I’ve watched some of his fights and I know what I need to do to get the job done.”
How do you think you matchup with him?
“I think I matchup very well with him, from what I’ve seen.”
How does this fight end?
“I’m looking to get that 1st round finish.”
Your record is currently 1-1, with a win you’ll be above 500, what would that mean to you?
“I’m just looking to get better, I don’t care about my record right now, I’m an amateur. However, I’m a very competitive person, I hate losing more than anything, so a win for me is what I expect every time I step into the cage.”
What are your goals in this sport?
“My goal is to make it to the big show!”
The last word is yours, please feel free to say what is on your mind, a message to your fans or opponent
“First off I want to thank my family. None of this would be possible without them. I want to thank Liam and Damien and the entire Cage Side Management team, they’re awesome. A huge thank you to all of my sponsors, Steely-T’s, Rodie’s Walls and Ceilings, Atwood’s Forestry Products, Lucas Custom Tile and Construction, Consolidated Drywall and Mitten Men Outdoors. All of my teammates and coaches at Triumph MMA, thank you! June 30th, I’m going to go out there and do what I do and make a statement.”