EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE "COLOSSUS" JAMES THOMPSON
This is PRIDE's exclusive interview with the "Colossus" James Thompson. Coming off of 3 straight TKO wins, he will face Kazuyushi Fujita on May 5th with the hopes of being crowned the world's absolute fighter.
PRIDE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS: How long have you been fighting and how have you grown since you first began your career?
James Thompson: I've been fighting in mixed martial arts for about 3 years now. I've grown a lot. When I was small I fought they told me I wasn't ready. Two weeks notice and never fought or done anything. Just big guy with lot of power,. After I won my first fight I realized that I enjoyed fighting and now I am always learning and trying to get better.
PRIDE: Tell me about your jobs before becoming a MMA fighter?
JT: I did debt collecting and was a gypsy mover before that moving gypsies. We have to move gypsies off of people's areas and tell them to leave. It was quite an odd job and door security. A little bit of pro wresting in the UK, kind of enjoyed it but there wasn't much satisfaction even though I won matches. It didn't feel like I accomplished anything
PRIDE: How are you as a student in MMA since you are new?
JT: I've been to a lot of gyms and seen a lots of different people train and I can see people who learn moves and pick up styles rather quickly. I'm not naturally gifted like that. But I will listen a lot and try to learn and ask questions and ask to go over stuff I don't understand. Im not shy like that that's why I am a good student. I never think I'm 100 percent right all the time. I'm not shy like that and always want to understand that's why I always look at it from different situations and try to keep a very open mind whether I'm the teacher or student because MMA is always evolving. I'm a big guy who is very strong so I have to use that to my advantage. I'm not quick or subtle, but I have to work at those things. I am getting quicker and subtler. I'm learning how to use my strengths to my advantage. If I can fight a fight the way I want to fight it, and use my style then no one can beat me.
PRIDE: What's your fighting style?
JT: I like wrestling and takedowns mixed with ground and pound. I am always learning techniques to tie up arms and legs as well as technical ground and pound manuevers. I especially like Mark Kerr's fighting style, he has awesome ground and pound and uses the things he is naturally gifted in.