“I don’t give a **** about the UFC. I just want to fight.”
Interview by: AJ Hoffman
Unbeaten Justin Ledet takes on Ike Villanueva in the main event of IMKF 2 Saturday night. He has quickly made a splash on the 205 pound division, working his way up to the top spot in our rankings with just three fights. We had a chance to speak with him before his fight with “Hurricane” Ike Villanueva, the man who was previously the top ranked light heavyweight in Houston.
Ledet: Honestly, I really don’t care about that. I just remembered that when we got to the weigh in actually. I am just looking to fight. Doesn’t matter when.
TCD: I know you are working at Submission Boxing. Where else are you training these days?
Ledet: I’ve been training at Draculino’s. He is one of the best ground guys in the world, and I have a lot of good rolling partners there. I do a lot of my sparring at Main Street Boxing. They have a couple of good heavyweights there. Guys who can push me. Of course I am still training at SBA. They kind of put it all together for me. I get clinch work there, ground and pound. I have great training partners at all of those places.
TCD: After all the back and forth between you two, how does it feel to be fighting Ike? I know this is a fight you have been wanting for quite a while.
Ledet: Feels good. I am ready to get the fight on. I haven’t fought in a while. There has been a little bit of back and forth about who is the better boxer. Tomorrow we will find out who the better fighter is. We will see tomorrow. I am excited.
TCD: What are the chances this fight goes to the ground?
Ledet: That’s all on Ike. I am not looking to take the fight down. I don’t even practice takedowns. I don’t have any interest in all that. I am looking to make this an exciting fight. I just want to have fun with this fight.
TCD: It has been a while since we saw you in the cage. What has kept you away?
Ledet: School, work, family, politics. A lot of things. Some of it was my fault, some of it wasn’t. Im pissed off I haven’t fought in so long, but as I said some of that is my fault. I am looking to get on a roll. If it was my choice I would fight every week. I will fight anyone. I don’t have any friends or long time training partners. I will fight anyone for money.
TCD: Two of your three fights have finished in under 3 minutes, your last one in under one minute. We haven’t seen your cardio really tested. Is that something you are prepared for?
Ledet: Cardio is actually one my best attributes. My fights have been short, but my cardio is there. In sparring, in a fight, I know cardio is a big thing for me. It lets me dictate the pace of the fight. Even if you aren’t better than the guy, you can set a pace he can’t keep up with. All the great fighters have great cardio. People think you are gonna get tired, but when you have good cardio it can keep you in it. Frank Edgar, Manny Pacquiao are good examples. Frank got hit by a car in the first round of the Maynard fight, but his cardio kept him in the fight.
TCD: Recently Daniel Pineda and Andrew Craig have gotten the call to fight for the UFC. Do you feel like that is something you are aspiring to?
Ledet: I don’t give a **** about the UFC. I just want to fight. I want to make enough money to live off of. I just don’t want to go get a 9-5 job. My choice is either to fight for money or get a regular job, and I don’t want to do that shit right now. I just want to make enough money to live off of. I don’t care where or when I fight. I just want to keep doing it.
Ledet: I don’t want to make a prediction. I did it earlier, and I wish I wouldn’t have. I feel bad about that. I just want to have fun and put on a good performance. That is what you are gonna see. Whatever comes from that, comes.
TCD: Anyone you want to thank?
Ledet: Everybody who has helped me out. If you know me, you know.