â€œDonâ€™t get me wrong Iâ€™m a fan of Bobbyâ€™s, but I may have to beat his ass.â€
Scott “Buzzsaw” Buzzaird
Interview and Photos by: Barry Laminack
Scott â€Buzzsawâ€ Buzzaird is just a regular guy.Â Heâ€™ll even tell you so himself.Â The past year has been pretty hectic for Scott.Â Heâ€™s bounced around to no less than 3 gyms.Â He even had to resort to training in his garage to keep his skills sharp.Â He never let any of that stop him, he just adapted and moved on, keeping his eye on his goal of getting in the cage.
In his upcoming fight against Bobby Bradshaw, this admitted stand up fighter told me he thinks the fight will go to the ground.Â He thinks Bobby wants it there. Â That didn’t seem to bother him, but I guess when Â your road to your firstÂ amateurÂ fight is filledÂ withÂ as much turmoil as his has been, stuff like that is no big deal.
I had a chance to sit down and talk with Scott before a training session at Precision MMA in Katy.Â We talked about his training history leading up to this fight, his thoughts on the Miletch collapse and what his plans are for the future.
TCD.net: How did you get your start in MMA?
Scott: Just like everyone else really.Â I saw it, I liked that it was raw and ruthless and I just wanted to be a part of it.Â I had done martial arts as a kid, but nothing like this, this is a whole different level.
TCD.net: Was there any one moment or one fight or one fighter that got you hooked?
Scott: I think it was just watching people and seeing how they could exert their energy in the cage, and I wanted to do the same thing.
TCD.net: What do you want the fans in Houston to know about you as a fighter?
Scott: Iâ€™m an individual, but Iâ€™m just like everyone else.Â Iâ€™m just your average working class guy who likes to do this as a hobby.
TCD.net: So itâ€™s a hobby now, do you ever plan on going pro?
Scott: Yeah, for sure. I plan on pursuing this to the fullest, but right now Iâ€™m just taking it one step at a time.
TCD.net: What is your fighting background or style?
Scott: Iâ€™m a stand up fighter that likes to bang. Â Iâ€™m not afraid to get in and take some hits, but if it goes to the ground, hey, lets do it.
TCD.net: You have had the opportunity to train out at Elite MMA and Miletich Fighting Systems.Â How has having different instructors from both camps helped you grow as a fighter?
Scott: Man, Elite has great instructors, and nothing against those guys over there, but the problem I had over there is that it just had too many people.Â I needed more one on one, probably because I donâ€™t learn as fast as some.Â Miletich was great, but I guess they had business problems (Iâ€™m not sure really what happened) because they went under and thatâ€™s when I moved over here to Precision MMA.
TCD.net: How long have you been with Precision MMA?
Scott: Iâ€™ve only been here a little over a month, and I love it, itâ€™s great.Â Itâ€™s a great team.
TCD.net: Speaking of the collapse of Miletich, how did it affect your training when your coach (Sam Hoger) left?
Scott: When Sam left, man it was kind of emotional because I liked the guy. It was tough because it was either go with him and train with Team Hoger or stay with Miletich.Â At the time, Miletich just suited me.Â Â The location was where I wanted to be.Â I liked GeohnÂ Cho, and heâ€™s still my trainer.Â In fact heâ€™s going to corner me in this fight.
I liked Sam, and I might still train with him in the future, but at the time, I just didnâ€™t understand what was going on.Â They had personal issues between themselves and I didnâ€™t want to get involved.Â I mean, I picked that gym and that location because I liked it so I just stayed there.
TCD.net: When you and I talked the other night, you said that you had bounced around a bit after Miletich closed.Â How did you manage to maintain your training?
Scott: After Miletich closed, they gave away a bunch of their stuff for free, including shorts, shirts and other gear.Â They sold the cage and mats, but we got some of them and took them to my buddyâ€™s garage and matted it.Â We called it â€œMinitichâ€. A lot of the old Miletich guys still hook up and train their or at other houses, or even other gyms sometimes.
TCD.net: How much do you know about Bobby Bradshaw?
Scott: I know heâ€™s 1-1, heâ€™s 19 and heâ€™s been waiting to fight for a while so heâ€™s probably going to bring the heat.
TCD.net: Do you think his age works against him?
Scott: It will probably work for him.Â Heâ€™s young and I know heâ€™s lost a lot of weight.Â He seems like a bright kid and I bet heâ€™s going to be a good match up.Â Iâ€™m looking forward to it.
TCD.net: What is your walking around weight?
Scott: Right now, Iâ€™m at 134.
TCD.net: Is this a weight you feel comfortable at?
Scott: I donâ€™t know.Â I mean, I want fight at my natural weight, but I do want to gain more muscle mass.Â I see myself in the future as being either a bantam weight or flyweight champ.
TCD.net: This is your debut fight.Â Whatâ€™s going through your mind leading up to the fight?
Scott: Keep my composure.Â I donâ€™t know what to expect, so I just need to keep my cool.
TCD.net: Has anyone in your camp given any advice on how to deal with it?
Scott: The best advice Iâ€™ve heard so far is, â€œthis is what we do.Â Keep it funâ€.Â Thatâ€™s so true, I have fun doing this.Â I donâ€™t want to go in there all nervous and scared.Â Iâ€™m just going to go in there and just bang.
TCD.net: Is there anything you want to say to Bobby?
Scott: Yeah, Iâ€™m looking forward to meeting him. Lets dance! [laughs]
TCD.net: Do you have a prediction for the fight?
Scott: Yeah, me shaking his hand and me ending up on top.Â Donâ€™t get me wrong, Iâ€™m a fan of Bobbyâ€™s, but I may have to beat his ass.
TCD.net: From what youâ€™ve seen of Bobby, do you think heâ€™s going to try and take the fight to the ground.
Scott: Yeah, I think once we stand for a bit, heâ€™s going to want to.
TCD.net: Whatâ€™s the motto that you live by?
Scott: Day by day.Â Every day I wake up I try and better myself.Â Iâ€™m not perfect.
TCD.net: Anybody youâ€™d like to thank.
Scott: Special thanks to all my family and friends, and big thanks to my coaches at Precision MMA Tom Dinklage, Todd Robertson, Warren Mauer, Luis Perez.Â Thanks also to whatâ€™s left of the Miletich crew, in particular Geohn Cho, DeWayne Costin and Colin Write.Â I would also like to extend a thanks to Elite Martial Arts, Sam Hoger and Hoger MMA and everyone and anyone who has helped me get here.
I also want to thank Sedona Bodyworks P.L.L.C.Â Please visit them on the web at www.sedonabodyworks.com