“I am ready to get in there and shut his mouth.”
Interview by: AJ Hoffman
After a successful run in the Houston amateur scene, Silverback Fight Club’s David Armas made his pro debut against Shelby Sheehan at Legacy FC 7 back in July. Sheehan won a unanimous decision, frustrating Armas for much of the fight. Armas has gone back to the drawing board to prepare for his matchup with 4 0z. fighter Jeremy Mahon at Legacy FC 9 on December 16th. We talked to David about his first pro fight, how he plans on improving for this fight, and why this fight has gotten personal.
TCD: You took your first pro fight two weeks after your last amateur fight. Looking back, do you regret the choice to take your first pro fight on short notice, or do you feel you were ready at that point?
Armas: That’s a tough question. Maybe I regret it a little bit. I didn’t know anything about that guy. Looking back, I would have liked to have a full fight camp. You know, this is my career now. I need to start taking this more seriously.
TCD: How hard was it being serious about your training and your diet during Thanksgiving?
Armas: It was rough, but it wasn’t too bad because I was already on weight. I was like 148, and after Thanksgiving I was just around 153. I am still pretty good.
TCD: You told me you are looking forward to this fight more than any fight you have ever had. Why is that?
Armas: I have never disliked an opponent more than I dislike Jeremy Mahon. He picked a fight with me. I am gonna show him he picked the wrong guy for that. I don’t know what his problem is. I guess he dislikes our gym for whatever reason. I don’t care. I am ready to get in there and shut his mouth.
TCD: How do you feel you have progressed as a fighter since that last fight?
Armas: I have been working my takedown defense a lot more. I have been doing a lot of jiu-jitsu. I am not really worried about taking Jeremy down though. He thinks he is some kind of Muay Thai expert. I have seen him fight before. I don’t see anything special. I know his standup isn’t better than mine. I am just really looking forward to the fight.
TCD: Is that the game plan then, to stand and trade with him?
Armas: That’s the plan. I want to stand with him. My striking is better than his. You never really know how it will go down, but that is my plan. I want him to see that I am better at his game than he is. He is a coach at his gym. I am just a student at mine. I think it would make a pretty big statement for me to go in there and put it on him at his own game.
TCD: You mentioned that Jeremy doesn’t like your gym. Do you feel like you have to defend your gyms name often, because there are always people trying to put you guys down.
Armas: I do feel that way. People in this city know we are good. We win, and people hate on that. People talk down on us for whatever reason, but I think we have some of the best fighters in the city, really in the whole state. People talk a lot of shit about us, but I am always gonna stand up for my gym and for my family here.
TCD: When you fought amateurs, you always had multiple teammates on the card with you. Has it changed up your training camp at all to have Tony Jr. in school and Jacob doing his firefighting training while you are concentrating on the fight?
Armas: It’s different. Me, Little Tony and Jacob (Silva) all fought on the same cards like the last three times. They have stuff going on, just like I do. But just because we aren’t on the same card doesn’t mean we aren’t working together. They are getting me ready, and I am getting them ready.
TCD: You said on your facebook page that if you don’t put on a show, that it would be the last time you fought. It seems like you are putting a lot of pressure on yourself.
Armas: It’s because I am not gonna lose to this guy. I can’t lose to this guy. This is my time to prove myself. If I can’t prove myself here, then maybe I shouldn’t be fighting anymore. I don’t know. All I know is that I have to beat this guy. I have to do it for me, for my gym, for my family. Losing isn’t an option, so yeah, there is a lot of pressure on me going into this one.
Armas: I don’t know. I’m a professional, so I am going to try and be professional, but I am an emotional guy. My corner is gonna be there, and I will listen to them no matter what. They will know if I am letting my emotions get the best of me, and they will put a stop to it. I am going to stick to the game plan no matter what. I am gonna go in there and knock that guy out. That’s it.
TCD: Anyone you want to thank or anything else you want to say about the fight?
Armas: I will thank Jason David Frank and Jesus Didn’t Tap for sponsoring me. Drink Houston, my afterparty will be there. Babes Silhouette Lounge. Fight Medics. Of course everybody here at Silverback. My girlfriend, Johanna. My boxing coach Jesse Mendez. TheCageDoor.net. My family. I also can’t wait to see Derrick (Lewis) beat the shit out of Rakim Cleveland. Other than that, I will just let my fighting speak for itself.