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Justin Sumter | Average to Savage EP28

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This is the twenty-eighth episode of the Average to Savage podcast featuring MMA fighter Justin Sumter. Paul Guarino talked with Justin Sumter discussing his journey moving from South Carolina to Connecticut, his road to becoming an MMA fighter, and his upcoming fight on February 16th on the Bellator MMA card at Mohegan Sun! Follow Justin Sumter https://www.instagram.com/fortsumtermma https://twitter.com/FortSumterMMA https://www.facebook.com/FortSumterMMA/ Fueled by K Plus Organics https://kplusorganics.com/

This is the average to savage podcastwith Paul Greno, everyone in anyone, athletes set's and much more. It'sup everybody. On back for another episode of the average savage podcast or specialguests. Today's MMA fighter, Justin sumpter. Justin. What's up and come andthanks for having me. Yeah, thanks for coming on. Could youjust give us a brief background about yourself? Names Jeff and the port jumpter reaginallyborn in Murphy to Carolina and currently live in Chapter Connecticut with my oneof wonderful fiance and dog Russo. Train with Nick Nowell out of West DavidConnecticut and finding our academy and I am a project manager Perks chessing company andDan Very Connecticut. For sure. That's what we're going to jump into thatlater to so, I know you said you grew up in South Carolina.So how did you end up moving to Connecticut? Well, I well,before I came up to Connecticut, I graduated from Georgia, Southern University Okayand Georgia, and I was down there about two years after I graduated.I was working like with the roofing company and then one of my friends Igraduated with told me about this company that moves a around and you get tosee different parts of the UN dates and you get the working get paid,and so I end up jumping on with that company. Me In the firstjob opportunity they gave me was like, you want to go to Connecticut?So the first thought I had was pretty code I hear up there. SoI thought about it a little bit, but I was like, you know, never been up there. So you know, I decided to go.Been Loving and everything besides the code. Yeah, I've been loving it everytime. Yeah, for sure. I mean now it's getting to that pointwhere it's like where's the snow, and you know it's coming soon. Soyeah, it's to get a big one tonight. Hopefully not too much.Yeah, when you moved up to Connecticut, is that's how you got to MMAright? Well, no, I. Yeah, I was fighting ever sincetwo thousand and eleven. I had...

I had I think it was likeeleven imager fight down in the top east. Held two different titles down there.So you mean, I'm frightened pretty much everywhere, Florida, top Carolina, Alabama, Carolina to Carolina. So definitely, definitely was rope verse.And then when I came up to Connecticut, kind of Morgan and fine tune becausereally, listen, you get you guys down there, but you knowthat is big as you Jitsu's up there. Everyone's a little bit closer. Sofeel with your different styles and kind of fine tune my game when Icame up here and then, you know, eventually went prope and two thousand andfifteen. So yeah, basically answered my next question. I was gonnasay, like how did you get into MMA? But like what's your howdid you like get passionate about like fighting? Basically a weird story. But myone of my good friends, Nick West, down in Georgia, youknow, when I first met him, he is a real skinny guy,and he said, you know, hey, sight, I do rem and likesure you do. He said it can come to fight and I waslike yeah, so watch them fighting and you beat this guy, put themin a triangle, put in a sleep. I was like I could do that. And you know, ever since then started started training, and I'msay I started training probably mayor June of two thousand and eleven, and Ihad my first fight in July of two thousand and eleven and you know,tooked everything and you know, I knew that was something I really wanted todo. It put a lot of my energy and focusing on it Gotcha.So you had no like even like boxing or any other more. Okay,that's what they really want, you know. I mean they they wanted me tolike D Jiu Jitsu. Yeah,...

...and so, you know, Idid my first Naga and I got cold and in my division I was likea man, you were like this gets and then after a month there's atraining Jiujitsu. They're like hey, we got this fight they need upon andI was like hey, why not? And so, you know, tookthat fight. I think it was like two weeks noticed that they said theyone of your fight. Yeah, down at Florida, and I was likea man, took it and rested history. Yeah, for sure. So kindof just like I'm kind of just like fell into your lap almost.Yeah, you mean, I definitely I love competing, I love beer,things keep saying actor and you know, along with wrestling, you know,I still had a drive to be at a high level. I didn't reallyget to compete in college. You're wrestling, but still wanted to do stuff.And you know, some one just mentioned it. I looked into itand you know for sure. Yeah, so for happing sometimes. And howdid you how'd you get the nickname the fort? Well, originally my nicknamewas machine, and you know that I kind of coined that phrase from myself. Yeah, all my friends down south. But you you're familiar with the civilwar. Fort Sumter is a crucial position, crucial fort that was inthe civil war, and so you know, definitely would Georgia history, South Carolinahistory. It's really big. And you know, they kept telling me, Ay, Ma used to change the name to the sport for I don'tknow, man kind of change Corny, and then right before my pro fight, my first profit for my friends t me up, hey man, youreally need to change your your name to the Fort, and then I thoughtabout it. I was like hey, you know, it kind of doesring, and so, you know, that's how that's how the name cameis out. Yeah, sure, I like, I think it's I thinkit's kind of unique. Yeah, and now that I know that story,now I think it's more unique. Like I like we you brought up before. I know some people don't know that you actually have a daytime, daytimejob. So what do you do for your daytime job? Yeah, Managerfor Construction Company with costruction out A.

Damn Barry. Yeah, so write. That kind of takes. You know what, I'm not training, I'mworking. So some some guys have a little bit of luxury where, youknow, they all going to do is train and you know, they workat the gym and that's kind of a thing. But you know, Ihave a back movement science and civil engineering technology. Want too long to payfor that? Yeah, yeah, piece of paper after work. So sure, definitely am. But you know, I mean I like I like tobe different aspect of the job, starting to job up, make the sureusstuff running properly and things like that. For sure, you think. Youthink just having that job give you more motivation for fighting? Yeah, yeah, you mean definitely, you know, just because a lot of people,you see them, they just train and they're like as Athology, as youknow, the game, train and there they're kind of have a singular focus. Well, my deal was is like, you know, fighting is as aexpiration date. You can't fight when you're well, you know. Yeah, yeah, kind of outlying. They're sposed Denario, but you know,you can't fight. Not that many people fight when they're during the forties or, you know, past that. And so you know I won't want.I won't wanted something to one have a fallback plan to win. I'm notfighting, you know, if if I don't make that, you know thosemillions of names of dollars that you know I am going to make, butyou know it might not happen. So you know, I definitely have acareer to fall backbone and support my family. Yeah, definitely always good to havea backup plant. And Yeah, and you made your major pro debutat Bellat or one hundred and fifty three, and so it's ironic about to fightfor Bella to or coming up. And I know you lost your firstfight, but then you went for or. You went oh no, versus forno fighter. So yeah, so what was that? You just howdid that fight come buy? You were...

...just like screwed on taking the fight, even though the guys for no. Yeah, yeah, I mean Istill have that. You know, I could sider that that fight my lastamateur fight. Yeah, and the reason why, even though it's professionally mayI paid it all that, but it was just that learning, you know, like what me being a amatury like you tell with my my fight.You know, I mean I was I wanted you to throw me in therewith the darts. You know, I mean I swim. You know myfirst, I guess told You my first amager fight. I know that.Two weeks notice, right, and I thought I got I was fiving.Know, so it was. You know, my mentality was to put me inthere with the guys that are supposed to be there, and you knowI mean I'm I'm trying to swim and swim. Secondly, so you know, you put me in there with starts and I turned out to be abigger shart. Yeah, like it. You're down for the chetality going intothat fighting, you know. I mean, yeah, if you want that fight. You know I was, I was winning, but you know,it's made one fight mistake, you know, definitely my cart. You're looking whatit should have been and you know I end up losing. So,you know, I just think that's a learning experience. You know, eventhough I have to it was a paint where your experience, you could yourexcept that in and learn from me. Strengths win back to back. Sonot starting off undefeated. I think that even puts less pressure on you justbecause, you know, I mean like being undefeated, especially may like it'salways that a someone's there to take that out. But you know, havinghad one, oh my, you know, kind of makes it allows you torelax a little bit and be a little bit more comfortable. And whenyou when you go out there. Yeah, definitely. And then after that fightwas when you started training with right. So how did how did that comeabout? How did you find Nick Nick in the gym and stuff likethat? Well, you know, I mean like so after that fight,he like I was walking through the like...

...terminal at brose. Were any stoppedme as that's like Amen, real good. You know what I mean. Soyou get out there, keep your head up. And so happened toyou? Was Opening a gym kind of right up the street from where Ichained before. And then, you know, I mean I knew I wanted tobe serious about the sport and Nickspan, you know, all over the worldand champion, world champion. So I knew, you know, ifI wanted to take that next level to be a well rounded road developed fighters. You know, after at the change it can go to. It isyeah, yeah, definitely get yeah, that's great. It's crazy, Isomething just like happens like that, but it's awesome. Yeah, I meanI think, I think it's like a it's kind of a like a sign. No, positive subtract and you know, I kind of put trying to keepputting positive energy out there in the world and sooner or later this Ikind of bring about things in front of me. What, you know,when they ride, I see the moment and you know, kind of compoundsand you know, seoner or later, like you're you see yourself in abetter circumstances because you're taking the right dip, doing the right thing, and everythingkind of works out that way. Yeah, for sure. Yeah,positive, positive energy. Just put it out there and it comes back toyou right. Yeah, and after that you went you went five and know, and and then you got the fight with the Dana wake a tender series. I know, yeah, you're a tough opponent. That was LFA champand and end up losing. But like what was that whole experience like?Yeah, experience, and I mean just to be out there and to youknow, be face for Dana and and you know, you see that kindof environment that you know, I know if along there, you know Imean it just, you know, just so happen that the cards you reallydidn't fall in my favor. But you...

...know, I mean I'm not takingit as as a set back, more of a set up. Yes,I've been better. So you know, if I thankful for opportunity, youknow, there's definitely. Yeah, definitely definitely. I made made a couplemistake in the fight and you know, I learned from that and you know, seeing him be successful at the high level with his last fight and reallyput a feather in my cap and like hey, you know, I mean, I'm not, I'm not. I could be that guy. I justgot to get in there, get in there and improve it a game.So I'm just anxiously, you know, get this fight over, risk anotherone can kind of be back where I was going to be back from theshow. So yeah, definitely. And so speaking of that, so allthis comes back full circle. You're about to be back belt or to sixteen, February sixteen. and is that like crazy that it was like your firstfight on belt. Right now this is like your big fight right now comingup. I belatory. Yea. Yeah, yeah, I mean I really wantedto kind of, you know, have that have a little bit sooner, but you know, I mean yeah, so you know, just be backthere, you know, with all them, my experience, all allthe fact that I've had and everything I've learned, feels even better to stepback in there and know that, you know, I'm well prepared, welldeveloped and he's ready to showcase on skills. Do you know who your opponent isyet? Yeah, my appointed is Resonado, be it out of Mathusetts, I believe. I forget what camp got up, but that's close opponent. Go. What's his record? He's okay. So, so it's goingto be a good matchup then. Yeah, yeah, I think he's in theregion. So definitely, definitely a good opponent. Well around it.So it should definitely be a good cat...

...for me. For sure. It'sgoing to be on the zone right. You'RE gonna be on time leave.So I'm not too sure. I don't I don't like to know the hisown thing right as yet. I'm I'm still kind of getting up to dateon it. Yeah, yeah, I'm kind of confused on I don't knowif they're showing the whole card on the zone or not, but I feellike they kind of I feel like they are. I'm not a hundred percentpositis, so don't take my word on that. Yeah, and so whatcan we expect to see from you February sixteen? You know, just beingwell rounded, conflective and, you know, just funning. Pose my will.A lot of people there and maybe they kind of want to see that. You know, me back to my always of not keep out, butyou know, I'm just going to going to take this one easy and injust impose my will, put them in back box the rest of the show. Yeah, definitely. How do you feel that all these like Connecticut fightersare getting big opportunities to shine now? Now they're I know, three peoplethat you trained with her. Two other people that you train with her geton the belt cards of my kimball and Jesse great man. Really, thefunny thing about it is, you know, as of late I've everything a lotof people that are I've been training with personally get in the limelight and, you know, getting that stepping up that level and being so case bythese top organizations. You know, got the wellknown guys and UFC I gotmy both both friends, blower check there and Carl Robinson, are fighting eachother. You know. I mean I'm hoping for a great, great fightbetween them, not taking sad but you know, just see, hey,people that I'm trying with top level, people that I'm training with are gettingto the top level. So it's real things. Things are on the ride, especially for New England, MMA and...

...and just you know, my mycircle, people that I deal with, are definitely rise. And so,for sure, I just keep on seeing it all over and just like thisis crazy, because it's like all around around us and everyone's doing big thingsand it's awesome. Yeah, and you're ready for some fun questions? Yeah, now, so what are your goals for two thousand and nineteen? TwoThousand and nineteen first goal is to have a healthy baby. congrats on that, by the way. Yeah, I have a healthy, big baby witha big for you know, I have a finally be the married to mywonderful piante and to you know, I make make more money. I guessthis is undefeated this year. Yeah, for sure gets some wind. BeGetting New Prost I'll take it. What is what do you like to doin your free time when you're not training or working, to do stuff aroundthe house? You build some building things. I got my back to kind oflike a whip shop, just like to try to build furniture. Ihaven't really made anything substantial as of yet, but I got some some plans inmy head that I got to work through. So hopefully acting this fight, I guess spend a little more time back there just pinker in and buildingthings. For sure. have at this scenario question. If you were tocreate an APP, what kind of APP would be dy creating? Making youthink here, well, I would make an APP or just with pregnant?Yeah, it a way to where you...

...be able to scan a scan ofbar code and it would tell you every this product is all right for ababy. Well, right for a pregnant lady, because they don't have reallyhave that. I don't think I'll make her. It's extremely easier. Allright, there you go. And what about what's on your music playlist rightnow? Did I have archie were ready? It's a dance song, and thenI have some Ti Jacole, Kendrick Lamar and some big crip in there. All right. And last one. What's the biggest difference from LIVING DOWNSOUTH TO UP NORTH? Now, I would say politeness. Yeah, Icould see it. They all limit up here. But yeah, for sure, and we're going to people find you on social media and if you wantto shout out any anybody and stuff like that, Daddy, they can findme on Instagram at Fort Sumter MMA, as well as twitter with the samehandle, or you can go on facebook happy page just in the Fort Sumter. Also, would like to make a shout out to my management top gamemanagement, Nick Nol, Fighting Art Academy, Watching Wag pay rooming foundation supplement andRedwood Coast Cbd Water All R. I appreciate you coming on in.Good luck. February sixteen. Think.

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