Sidney Outlaw has paid his dues. On his way to an 8-3 record, he has fought for Bellator, WSOF, CFFC, and his second consecutive championship victory at Louis Neglia’s Ring of Combat 59. After submitting James Rumley by rear naked choke in round one, Sidney was paid a visit by the UFC president and accepted a chance to sign with the largest MMA promotion on the planet.
We reported about it several days ago, but now you get to hear it from the man himself, Sidney Outlaw.
Sidney has a huge heart and is a gentleman. I’ve been fortunate to see him perform live numerous times and I keep going back to his fight against Gregor “the Gift” Gillespie, back at ROC 55, last June. Gillespie was 6-o and had never been taken past the first round. Gillespie is a world class wrestler, and Outlaw gave him everything he could handle. Outlaw scored on a few takedowns in this back and fourth fight, and was locking up a RNC at the bell of round one. I thought in defeat, it was the best I have ever seen him. Gillespie signed with the UFC immediately after getting the win. Outlaw went back to the gym and has won the ROC title at 170 and then 155 in convincing fashion that was impressive enough to get a backstage visit from the most powerful man in the sport.
Outlaw has trained for years with some of the best practitioners in the world. He gets giddy when Renzo Gracie likes or comments on his Instagram posts. Learning from men like Frankie Edgar, Ricardo Almeida, Nick Catone, Marlon Morales and Dante’ Rivera, who Outlaw speaks very fondly of in our interview. Please give a listen to one of the good guys in the sport, who grinded his way into the big show!