Martin Hickey Irish Amateur Interview
We caught with Irish amateur Martin Hickey and talked about all things mma. How he got started in the sport, future plans and the Joe Rogan question everyone is afraid to ask.
How long have you been involved in the sport and what was the driving force to you starting in the first place?
Hey been involved for about 8 years started off with kickboxing over seas with a mate. Kept that up when I got home for around 2 years before mma finally arrived in Athlone.
Can you remember your first training session; did you know straight away, yes this is for me?
Yea my first proper mma session was with Sid Allen who is now a coach in fusion training centre. There was no mma around at that point. But he was training in Galway in point blank. He went over some techniques I took none of them in 🙂 then we did some grappling during which I was schooled. Absolutely loved it and new I needed to learn more 🙂
Are you the stereotypical young Irish lad who came from GAA?
Never really got into GAA played a lot of football when I was younger but it didn’t quite have the right bite to it to keep me interested.
How long are you training now? How long are you fighting and what got you started?
I’ve been fighting mma 3 years. I train in evolution mma with my head coach Kieran Davern, at that point he was running his first show which would be the first for the Midlands and I knew I had to get on it.
What are your memories from stepping into the cage for the first time in front of a crowd. before the fight wait and after the fight emotions?
Yea it’s a crazy experience and not like any other fight I had total different ball game when you get into the cage 🙂 I think the biggest thing for fighting is filtering out the negative emotions people put on you in the weeks leading up to the fight. Everyone always love to say good luck hope ye don’t get hurt or be careful in there.
At the end of the day your getting into a cage for combat if you wanted to be careful you would have stayed at soccer.
You run your own training centre Fusion Training centre, what inspired you to take the step to open your own business?
I was in the military and just not enjoying it any more my real passion was training and teaching people. There was no full time mma facility in Athlone so I just thought now is the right time to go for it 🙂 The right people were around me and we have great coaches in house that helps to keep things running as smoothly as possible.
Running a business is always an adventure if I had to do it all again I would have just done it sooner.
What’s your take on the amateur scene in Ireland right now?
Yea seems to be really busy lots of great fighters coming through and fantastic to see the best guys passing onto the pro seen. There seems to be an awful lot more guys at amateur taking things pretty serious and training full time.
Do you have any immediate plans in the sport or even a long term vision of where you are going?
Hoping to take 2 fights early in 2016 The first one in February the second on Evolution fighting championship in March 🙂 over all a lot of my other commitments are going on the back boiler so I can get a lot more fights in 2016
Check out this picture. In your opinion is Joe Rogan morphing into Dana White?
Ha ha seems to be, they might be spending a bit to much time together.