Video interview with Tom Lane above
Photo credits Angelo Carchesio @angelo_89
I have been fortunate enough to see Tom “Freight Train” Lane perform in-person for all three of his professional fights; the last two, I was cageside on commentary with Al Iaquinta and Jay Regalbuto at Ring of Combat 78 and 79. Iaquinta was Lane’s first wrestling coach. Lane has taken that wrestling career and used it to burst onto the mixed martial arts cage fighting scene. Freight Train has won his first three contests and they have all been very similar. Lane takes opponent down, Lane controls entire fight by ground and pound, Lane wins.
Tom has had a difficult time getting opponents to sign a contract and meet him in the cage. He has heard criticism that he hasn’t faced the toughest competition, but that is certainly through no fault of his own. Lane wants to fight the best and tells MyMMANews that he wouldn’t turn down any fight. He has made his way down to North Carolina from his hometown of Long Island, NY. There, he trains at Gym-O where his main training partner for this camp has been former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
Lane (3-0) signed with LFA and will be going to battle with Lydell Miller. Miller is 2-0, but hasn’t fought since 2016. They will make their walks coming up on June 16th at LFA 160 going down in Owensboro, Kentucky and will have a UFC Fight Pass audience.
We reached out to Lane to see how his camp was going and get his input on his next challenge. he tells MyMMANews…
“I’m feeling great. It’s a been a good training camp. I’m excited to put on a performance. This is the first time I’m getting more comfortable in the process and I’m just ready to rock and roll and have some fun.”
Please check out our full interview on the link above.
Lane has been somewhat limited with his arsenal as ROC does not allow elbows to a grounded opponent. LFA will have full unified rules which should definitely play into his favor. Tom graduated college and hated being in an office and is now chasing his dreams of fighting full time. From the cage-time I’ve seen, he has that next level skill and work ethic that is necessary. I wouldn’t bet against him.
Commentator for Art of War Cagefighting. More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews. Television/media/event production. USKA Fight Sports media and production.
The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.