This Friday night he steps into the MMA world by fighting Jamiach Williamson, son of a former light heavyweight boxing champion, with a 2-0 MMA record with both wins coming by a knockout. I was able to catch up with Jeremy Williams before he left for Hawaii for his MMA debut at the ICON fight this Friday. As most people know Jeremy Williams was the boxing coach on the television show “The Contender.” Jeremy has been around boxing most of his life and has an impressive professional record of 46-4 with 38 KO’s. He had an even more impressive amateur record of 168-34 with 101 KO’s which earned him the name “Half Man/ Half Amazing.” This Friday night he steps into the MMA world by fighting Jamiach Williamson, son of a former light heavyweight boxing champion, with a 2-0 MMA record with both wins coming by a knockout.
OTM: How do you feel about switching over to MMA fighting from boxing?
Jeremy: I have been fighting all of my life and I am excited about expanding my fighting skills. All fights start on your feet and what you do between the bells determines how a fight will go.
OTM: We all know you are a good boxer but you need ground skills to fight in MMA. What have you been doing to improve your ground game?
Jeremy: I have been working out at “Legends” gym in LA. I have been working on the ground fighting with Eddie Bravo and Jason “Mayhem” Miller. I of course prefer to knock people out with my hands but if my opponent wants to go to the ground I will be ready for him.
OTM: What is your prediction on this fight? How do you see this fight ending?
Jeremy: It is easy for people to say they will do this or that in a fight. I re-act on how my opponent is fighting. I know my opponent likes to punch and that is great with me. He wants to punch it out with me then that is how we will fight. If he wants to go to the ground then he will be surprised at what I have learned. Everyone has a plan when they enter the ring but the great fighters adjust their fighting to beat their opponent.
OTM: Tell me about the show “The Contender” will you be back next season?
Jeremy: I will be back on the show next season. The show was extremely popular and had the highest viewer rating ever for a realty show on ESPN. I really enjoyed working on the show and look forward to another season of coaching.
Jeremy Williams will be putting together a seminar in the North Carolina area in mid December. This will be an opportunity for people to learn boxing from one of the best. Jeremy will also have Jiu-Jitsu and kickboxing instructors at the seminar. This should be a great seminar for MMA enthusiast. OTM will have all of the details after Jeremy’s MMA pro debut this Friday.