Brandon Hempleman Says That Gymnastics are Great for MMA
MMAjunkie Radio interviewed MMA fighter Brandon Hempleman (8-1, MMA) who faces Paul McVeigh at Cage Warriors 50 on December 8.
How getting started in gymnastics gave him a love of competition and how it helped steer him to MMA: “It gave me a love of competition. My dad put me in it when I was younger. My dad wanted me to be like Bruce Lee. When I was 5, I wasn’t ready to go to a karate school yet…I’m the head boys gymnastics coach in Twin Falls, and I still do all those workouts because of that. It’s the best workout to be the most athletic. It’s really similar, (exertion-wise, to MMA). MMA is no good for gymnastics, but gymnastics is great for MMA…I feel like gymnastics almost injury-proofed me for (MMA) because we do a lot of stuff with strengthening the joints. The things that do get hurt are pretty common in both sports. We do lots of rotation exercises. You always make sure to stretch out and make sure you’re getting full range of motion.”
On fighting again at Cage Warriors 50 so quickly after winning a fight last November: “My manager gave me a call after I fought three weeks ago. He said there’s an opportunity over in Scotland, so I jumped all over it. I was already in fight shape and prepared for the type of fight this one’s going to be.”
What he expects from his fight with Paul McVeigh: “I’m expecting it to be a tough fight. I think it could go the distance, but I’m going to do my best to knock him out.”