Interview with CFFC Lightweight “Iron City” Mike Wilkins

Fighting Stance Media spoke with CFFC professional lightweight “Iron City” Mike Wilkins (7-2 MMA) at regional promotion Iron City Muay Thai Kickboxing. Wilkins attended the event as a coach from Stout Training Pittsburgh- Renzo Gracie Team for the gym’s six amateur kickboxers who were fighting on the card that night.

Wilkins shed some light on his experience as a multi-sport high school and college athlete and his transition into the world of mixed martial arts, explaining that MMA was “the next logical step” to continue to use what he essentially earned his degree in: wrestling. When asked to identify a quality he sees as most important for athletes starting out in MMA, he answered readily, “Without a doubt, consistency.”

Wilkins also shared with us his potential transition to the UFC and the strong possibility of a title fight for CFFC. Since the time of the interview it has been confirmed that Wilkins will be fighting for the lightweight title against Mike “Popezilla” Pope on December 17 at CFFC 62 in Philadelphia.

[Watch the full interview with Mike Wilkins above.]

Interview with UFC Fighter Corey Anderson

Fighting Stance Media caught up with #11-ranked UFC light heavyweight Corey Anderson at Dead Serious MMA 21 in Freehold, New Jersey. He attended the event as a coach for Nick Catone MMA gym’s four amateur fighters that were on the card.

Corey shares his funniest moment as a UFC fighter, recalls his favorite matches, and explains his style and perspective as a coach to the next generation of fighters, stating that the first thing he tells them is, “Work hard.” The hard work certainly paid off for one of his fighters, Nathaniel Flutz, who won the 147-154 lb belt by unanimous decision in the main event later that night. 

[Watch the full interview with Corey Anderson above.]