Jared Hamman will make his debut at middleweight this Sunday when he meets C.B. Dollaway at UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle.
Hamman (12-3) recently gave FightLine.com an exclusive interview where he discussed his drop down from light heavyweight to middleweight, his fighting style and his upcoming bout with Dollaway.
For the former University of Redlands football player, MMA was a away to continue to develop as an athlete. Hamman entered the Unbreakable Gym under Brian Warren and quickly won his first nine fights.
After avenging his first career loss to Po’ai Suganuma with an opening-round TKO, Hamman was signed by the UFC. He dropped his debut to Alexander Gustafsson, but rebounded with a decision victory over Rodney Wallace.
Along with the Wallace win, a decision loss to Kyle Kingsbury followed. Hamman’s past two fights have been the first of his career to go the distance.
“Part of it probably has to do with an older brother,” laughed Hamman, when asked why his style is so conductive to finishing opponents. “But the funny thing is my brother is actually in my corner every fight. For me, yeah it’s a sport, but it’s also a fight. A fight’s a fight. It’s not a wrestling match, kickboxing match or Jiu-Jitsu match. It’s a fight.
“For me, even if I get taken down, I’m gonna keep fighting. Cause some guys will take you down, then take a break, but I like to finish fights. I don’t like letting another person decide who won. And it’s harder in the UFC because everyone’s that good so my last few fights may have gone to decisions but I’m sure as heck not trying to.”
The drop down to 185 pounds shouldn’t be a problem for Hamman, has he feels comfortable with his weight.
“I weigh around 200, maybe a little less than that, so I could come into the fight nice and strong whereas when I was fighting at light heavyweight I only had to cut a few pounds,” Hamman said.
As for his contest with Dollaway, he expects nothing but a finish.
“I don’t think it’s gonna be one of those fights where the fans are gonna get bored,” Hamman said. “I’m gonna try and finish that fight in every spot I can whether it’s Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling or kickboxing, and I think it’s gonna be exciting.”
UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle takes place this Sunday, August 14 from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Don’t forget to check back on Sunday for FightLine.com’s live coverage of the event.