Interview: Greg Bellomy

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“I don’t feel anything in a fight, I know what happens but I don’t feel it.”

Greg Bellomy

Interview and Photos by: Lance Edwards

I met with Greg as he was gearing up for his upcoming fight for the Legacy Fighting Championship with Alex Black. Surprisingly calm and collected, the quirky Bellomy met with me at Etre Fitness in Clearlake where he trains his kickboxing and strength and conditioning. How are you feeling about your upcoming fight?

Greg: I’m happy, I’ve cleaned up my game a lot since my last fight. You always have to learn, because you don’t want to get stagnant, you always have to be improving your game. I’m excited about adding to my record actually.

Alex Black is a good kid, I’ve met him and he’s a nice guy. I don’t do predictions, but I know it will be a good fight, and no matter what you can tell Mike Calimbas, it won’t be a decision. How have you been improving your game?

Greg: Well in kickboxing I’ve been working on my defense, and working my cross a lot, I’m sure my cross will come into this fight. In jiu-jitsu I’ve been getting better in all aspects, especially off my back. I’m a wrestler so that wasn’t my natural tendency, in MMA my game is protection first, then I move to getting aggressive.

All my BJJ, comes from Draculino, if he hadn’t come to Clearlake and opened his school I wouldn’t have got into fighting MMA. So how did you get into MMA?

Greg: Well I got out of the Navy in 2003, and my friends at the time said I should do MMA, we’d watched dvd’s and I said “hell no”. When I first came to Houston I took up boxing for nine months, then I met a girl and took up other things. I moved to Clearlake, and was here about a month when my Uncle Roger told me to come with him to the opening of Drac’s school. I’m really a grappler, and in my weight class that’s good. If you look at the lighter weights there are usually less Kos. Because people aren’t as heavy, they tend to move more when they are hit, so there are less knock outs, and I feel it’s easier to finish with a sub. So how long have you been training BJJ?

Greg: For two and a half years now. I had two years boxing experience in total, four years wrestling and I had a background in physical activity in the Navy. I didn’t do those things because I wanted to do MMA, it’s just how I ended up at this point. What’s your training schedule like?

Greg: Well I usually train two to three times a day for one to two hours duration. I try to work grappling and striking everyday. Training and working is a tough balance. I think really fighters should put in place the material things rather than seek to get money from fighting. If people have more of what they need they can train for self improvement rather than to earn and have to kick ass. Jiu jitsu, boxing and wrestling aren’t just fighting acts, it takes a lot of time and years of effort to get to a good level, it takes discipline. If you don’t keep learning you don’t progress.

I really appreciate jiu jitsu, the key is to do the most while expending the least amount of energy. In fact, since I’ve learned it, it’s taken over my wrestling and changed my approach. Now I don’t just look to be explosive and stronger, it’s now much more about position for me even when standing up. What do you regard as your greatest strength?

Greg: My ability to overcome adversity. So it’s mental?

Greg: Yes, to give an example I don’t feel anything in a fight, I know what happens but I don’t feel it, the adrenaline blocks it out I guess, when I fight I’m not thinking, it just comes out, I’m just focused on winning. So we know you work, what do you do?

Greg: I work in traffic data collection, it’s a good job with good people, actually it’s a neat industry. What do you think of MMA as a sport?

Greg: I don’t think MMA  is a stupid sport, but I hate how it’s marketed with the tough guy image. I wish it was all just about the sport and people were more respectful. MMA has so much potential, it’s so wide open during a fight, you are never guaranteed an outcome, and that’s what makes it exciting. It’s hard to do, it’s multi-dimensional and complex.

Someone was talking to me and was saying MMA is the essence of competition, and it is, it’s mano-a-mano. In football people say “we kicked their asses” but you don’t really, you ran round a group of guys and took the ball over the line, not that it’s not tough, but in MMA you really do kick someone’s ass.

You know, I’d like to thank everyone that helps me. There’s Kristen Sommer who does my kickboxing and strength and conditioning, she’ll be in my corner. Draculino for being the best jiu jitsu coach ever, he’s amazing and training with him has allowed me to progress beyond my time. He has incredible understanding and skill and the ability to transmit that. Being who he is provides to the opportunity to roll with one of the best guys internationally in his weight class.

Also Roger Allen, he’s my manager and my Uncle. Overall he looks at my game, he has a good understanding and helps me look at myself. Of course there’s my sponsors:

B3 Sports

Proformance Custom Guards

Etre Fit

Perkins Marine

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