Shaquan Moore challenges Ochart in co-main event for title “This Is My Fight”
This Saturday night Shaquan Moore of East West MMA will be entering the cage at MMA Platinum Gloves against his toughest task thus far. He will be challenging bantamweight champion Danny Ochart of Long Island MMA. Moore vs. Ochart title fight will be the co-main event at MMA Platinum Gloves 9 April 25, 2015.
Moore, 21, hailing from Coram, New York and formally attended Longwood High School, Moore found himself creating a home at East West MMA after nearly a year of bouncing between gyms. Moore became a fan of mixed martial arts after being introduced to MMA by his mother. His mother was an avid fan of The Ultimate Fighter. The two of them watched season one of TUF together, which turned into an instant love and passion for Moore.
Moore (6-1) has his eyes on completing a short-term goal of completing his amateur MMA career. His goal though this weekend is to compete to the best of his abilities and defeat Ochart in the bantamweight title fight. A long-term goal of his is to become a professional and eventually make the “Bigs” (employed by the UFC) and hold a title.
“Training is training, hard word that must be done in order for me to be on top.” Said Moore. Moore has been working hard at East West MMA, focusing on his kicks. He wants to up the volume of kicks he throws inside the cage compared to previous fights. Moore spends nearly ten hours a day inside the gym training for his fights. “I Love training, it keeps me level headed throughout my day.”
The weight cut is a bit of a struggle for Moore. In his previous match-up with Ochart, before the fight was cancelled, Moore weight lighter and believed it was easier for him to cut down to 135-pounds. “Now I walk around at least 15lbs heavier than I used to be,” said Moore. Expect the East West MMA fighter to appear larger inside the cage against his elder, Ochart.
“I used to ride on a bike in my neighborhood with two pairs of Everlast MMA gloves in a book bag, asking random people to box,” said Moore. He explained to My MMA News that his hunger and drive forces him to the gym to train. Moore has committed himself to become a full-time fighter and has thrown all his chips into the ring. He doesn’t work and shows up to the gym as if he is scheduled to show up for a 40-hour work week. “I was bred to do this. This is my life. This is all that I am.”
Moore is a fan of the standup game. He is also not opposed to bringing the fight to the canvas for ground-and-pound. He is a scrappy fighter that finds himself in exciting scrambles. Moore is confident entering this title fight against Ochart. “If I play to my strengths, this is my fight.”
“Much respect to him and good luck, but I’m not coming there to lose,” said Moore. Outside the cage you can find Moore playing video games when not training, and playing restaurant roulette. He’s a fan of trying various restaurants.
Expect an exciting fight between Moore and Ochart. These two fighters are both scramblers and scrappy tough individuals. A crowd lifting co-main event is the only conclusion we can come up with for this bout.
The event takes place April 25, 2015, at The Sports Arena in St. James on Long Island. Doors open at 6 p.m. EST and fights are kicking off at 7 p.m. EST. Tickets can be purchased through the fighters. Tickets start as low as $20. Be sure to attend this event as this is easily the best fight card the organization has assembled.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).