Well known as a coach on the reality TV show, The Contender, heavyweight
knockout specialist, Jeremy “Half Man, Half Amazing” Williams, will make his mixed martial arts debut against Jamiah Williamson (2-0) during the ICON Sports card at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii on Saturday. Arguably the best pure boxer to ever set foot in a MMA event, Williams is ready to prove to the world that, with 35 KO’s under his belt, he is set to take over the sport.
Q. You have such an impressive record as a boxer, what made you decide to go into other fighting competitions such as K-1 and MMA?
A. First of all, I am a huge fan of K-1. I became disenchanted with boxing and I happened to meet Chris Riley of the Bomb Squad. He invited me to come to his gym and train. I was very intrigued with kickboxing and MMA, and have been doing it for three years now.
Q. You were supposed to have your MMA debut on Dec 9th on a World Fighting Alliance card in Las Vegas, but the event was cancelled. When were you notified of the cancellation?
A. I have been in the fight game for many years and I knew something was up. There was no press, no advertisements, no nothing, so I figured it wasn’t going to happen. I was just waiting for the official word, which was just a few days ago.
Q. How did they contact you?
A. The President of the WFA called me into a meeting. Nothing he could say was good enough. I want to be with an organization that has it’s shit together. I am ready to work NOW. I can’t wait for faulty shows.
Q. What reason did they give you for not going through with the event?
A. They really couldn’t give me a good reason. That was supposed to be my kids Christmas money so I was not happy about it.
Q. Are you obligated by contract to fight on another WFA card?
A. No, I’m not. Like I said, I need real fights and real events.
Q. Have they said for sure if there will be another WFA event in the future?
A. No. They haven’t told me anything.
Q. Are you still planning on fighting K-1 since you’ve made the commitment to fight MMA?
A. I would love to fight in a K-1 show. I want to fight the right guy and get my feet wet.
Q. Have they given you a date, and set up an opponent yet for your first K-1 fight?
A. No, not yet. I am hoping to sign a 3 or 4 fight deal. I am one of the most recognized fighters in the world right now; a lot of it’s due to The Contender show. I am on TV almost every day. If they are committed to the money, I am definitely committed to fighting.
Q. You are fighting Jamiah Williamson (2-0) this weekend. What do you know about him?
A. I know he is a tough kid. His dad was a boxer but I don’t think he has boxed much. I don’t underestimate him, or take anything away from him, but I am the biggest puncher in the world. I have been defending myself for 27 years and I understand the complexities of a fight. It will be a well thought out victory. Nerves are the biggest enemy and since I have been doing this for so long, I am at home in the ring.
Q. As a world-class striker, what have you done to prepare for making the transition into MMA?
A. I have adjusted my game plan and have trained with some of the best ground fighters in the world. I am learning to blend everything; my punching, kicking, takedowns, and submissions.
Q. I have heard that you actually do have some grappling experience as a Judo Player. Tell us about your background.
A. I did Judo and wrestling for a while. I am no stranger to the ground and I have worked many, many rounds with some great grapplers.
Q. Who have you been training with for your ground game?
A. People like Randy Couture, Quinton Jackson, and Karo Parisyan, just to name a few.
Randy is the first guy I ever rolled with. It was great because he couldn’t hang with me on his feet and I couldn’t hang with him on the ground.
Q. Is there anyone in particular you would like to fight?
A. Yes, Chuck Liddell. It would be a great fight. He is a stand up guy, so Chuck, let’s go!
He fights wrestlers all the time. He never fights good boxers. I want to show him what a real boxer is like.
Q. How did you like working as a coach on the reality TV show The Contender?
A. One of the greatest jobs I have ever done. It was an honor and a pleasure to work on the show. I can’t say enough good things about it. Tight crew, a good product, and some of the classiest people I have ever worked with.
Q. What did you think about the Hughes versus St. Pierre fight last week?
A. I thought George St. Pierre did a great job. I am now a huge fan of his.
I admire him because he stuck to his game plan and followed through with everything.
Q. Is it easier for a striker to become a grappler, than it is for a grappler to learn to fight standing up?
A. I think so because, first of all, you have to know how to fight. Lots of guys are good wrestlers and Jiu-Jitsu competitors but you have to understand how a fight goes. Fights do end up on the ground, but they all start standing up. It’s much easier to teach a boxer how to grapple. Lots of guys train on the ground but they really can’t fight. Also, you can grapple everyday but you can’t box everyday. It’s too hard on your body.
Q. Anything you would like to say to the fans?
A. Keep watching for jeremywilliams.tv. My website will be up and running soon.
I am the first boxer committed to learning mixed martial arts and I plan on taking over the industry!