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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 podcast with Paul Greno, everyone in anyone, athletes set's and much more. It's up everybody. On back for another episode of the average savage podcast or special guests. Today's MMA fighter, Justin sumpter. Justin. What's up and come and thanks for having me. Yeah, thanks for coming on. Could you just give us a brief background about yourself? Names Jeff and the port jumpter reaginally born in Murphy to Carolina and currently live in Chapter Connecticut with my one of wonderful fiance and dog Russo. Train with Nick Nowell out of West David Connecticut and finding our academy and I am a project manager Perks chessing company and Dan Very Connecticut. For sure. That's what we're going to jump into that later 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 Okay and 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 I graduated with told me about this company that moves a around and you get to see 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 first job 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. So I 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 every time. Yeah, for sure. I mean now it's getting to that point where it's like where's the snow, and you know it's coming soon. So yeah, 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 MMA right? Well, no, I. Yeah, I was fighting ever since two thousand and eleven. I had...

I had I think it was like eleven 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 because really, listen, you get you guys down there, but you know that is big as you Jitsu's up there. Everyone's a little bit closer. So feel with your different styles and kind of fine tune my game when I came up here and then, you know, eventually went prope and two thousand and fifteen. So yeah, basically answered my next question. I was gonna say, like how did you get into MMA? But like what's your how did you like get passionate about like fighting? Basically a weird story. But my one of my good friends, Nick West, down in Georgia, you know, when I first met him, he is a real skinny guy, and he said, you know, hey, sight, I do rem and like sure you do. He said it can come to fight and I was like yeah, so watch them fighting and you beat this guy, put them in a triangle, put in a sleep. I was like I could do that. And you know, ever since then started started training, and I'm say I started training probably mayor June of two thousand and eleven, and I had 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 to do. 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 to like D Jiu Jitsu. Yeah,...

...and so, you know, I did my first Naga and I got cold and in my division I was like a man, you were like this gets and then after a month there's a training Jiujitsu. They're like hey, we got this fight they need upon and I was like hey, why not? And so, you know, took that fight. I think it was like two weeks noticed that they said they one of your fight. Yeah, down at Florida, and I was like a man, took it and rested history. Yeah, for sure. So kind of 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 really get to compete in college. You're wrestling, but still wanted to do stuff. And you know, some one just mentioned it. I looked into it and you know for sure. Yeah, so for happing sometimes. And how did you how'd you get the nickname the fort? Well, originally my nickname was 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 civil war. Fort Sumter is a crucial position, crucial fort that was in the civil war, and so you know, definitely would Georgia history, South Carolina history. It's really big. And you know, they kept telling me, Ay, Ma used to change the name to the sport for I don't know, man kind of change Corny, and then right before my pro fight, my first profit for my friends t me up, hey man, you really need to change your your name to the Fort, and then I thought about it. I was like hey, you know, it kind of does ring, and so, you know, that's how that's how the name came is out. Yeah, sure, I like, I think it's I think it'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, daytime job. So what do you do for your daytime job? Yeah, Manager for Construction Company with costruction out A.

Damn Barry. Yeah, so write. That kind of takes. You know what, I'm not training, I'm working. So some some guys have a little bit of luxury where, you know, they all going to do is train and you know, they work at the gym and that's kind of a thing. But you know, I have a back movement science and civil engineering technology. Want too long to pay for that? Yeah, yeah, piece of paper after work. So sure, definitely am. But you know, I mean I like I like to be different aspect of the job, starting to job up, make the sureus stuff running properly and things like that. For sure, you think. You think 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 you know, the game, train and there they're kind of have a singular focus. Well, my deal was is like, you know, fighting is as a expiration 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 not fighting, you know, if if I don't make that, you know those millions of names of dollars that you know I am going to make, but you know it might not happen. So you know, I definitely have a career to fall backbone and support my family. Yeah, definitely always good to have a backup plant. And Yeah, and you made your major pro debut at Bellat or one hundred and fifty three, and so it's ironic about to fight for Bella to or coming up. And I know you lost your first fight, but then you went for or. You went oh no, versus for no fighter. So yeah, so what was that? You just how did that fight come buy? You were...

...just like screwed on taking the fight, even though the guys for no. Yeah, yeah, I mean I still have that. You know, I could sider that that fight my last amateur fight. Yeah, and the reason why, even though it's professionally may I 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 there with the darts. You know, I mean I swim. You know my first, 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 in there with the guys that are supposed to be there, and you know I 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 a bigger shart. Yeah, like it. You're down for the chetality going into that 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 what it should have been and you know I end up losing. So, you know, I just think that's a learning experience. You know, even though I have to it was a paint where your experience, you could your except that in and learn from me. Strengths win back to back. So not starting off undefeated. I think that even puts less pressure on you just because, you know, I mean like being undefeated, especially may like it's always that a someone's there to take that out. But you know, having had one, oh my, you know, kind of makes it allows you to relax a little bit and be a little bit more comfortable. And when you when you go out there. Yeah, definitely. And then after that fight was when you started training with right. So how did how did that come about? How did you find Nick Nick in the gym and stuff like that? Well, you know, I mean like so after that fight, he like I was walking through the like...

...terminal at brose. Were any stopped me as that's like Amen, real good. You know what I mean. So you get out there, keep your head up. And so happened to you? Was Opening a gym kind of right up the street from where I chained before. And then, you know, I mean I knew I wanted to be serious about the sport and Nickspan, you know, all over the world and champion, world champion. So I knew, you know, if I 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 is yeah, yeah, definitely get yeah, that's great. It's crazy, I something just like happens like that, but it's awesome. Yeah, I mean I 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 keep putting positive energy out there in the world and sooner or later this I kind of bring about things in front of me. What, you know, when they ride, I see the moment and you know, kind of compounds and you know, seoner or later, like you're you see yourself in a better circumstances because you're taking the right dip, doing the right thing, and everything kind of works out that way. Yeah, for sure. Yeah, positive, positive energy. Just put it out there and it comes back to you 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 champ and and end up losing. But like what was that whole experience like? Yeah, experience, and I mean just to be out there and to you know, be face for Dana and and you know, you see that kind of environment that you know, I know if along there, you know I mean it just, you know, just so happen that the cards you really didn't fall in my favor. But you...

...know, I mean I'm not taking it as as a set back, more of a set up. Yes, I've been better. So you know, if I thankful for opportunity, you know, there's definitely. Yeah, definitely definitely. I made made a couple mistake 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 really put a feather in my cap and like hey, you know, I mean, I'm not, I'm not. I could be that guy. I just got to get in there, get in there and improve it a game. So I'm just anxiously, you know, get this fight over, risk another one can kind of be back where I was going to be back from the show. So yeah, definitely. And so speaking of that, so all this 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 first fight on belt. Right now this is like your big fight right now coming up. I belatory. Yea. Yeah, yeah, I mean I really wanted to kind of, you know, have that have a little bit sooner, but you know, I mean yeah, so you know, just be back there, you know, with all them, my experience, all all the fact that I've had and everything I've learned, feels even better to step back in there and know that, you know, I'm well prepared, well developed and he's ready to showcase on skills. Do you know who your opponent is yet? 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 going to be a good matchup then. Yeah, yeah, I think he's in the region. So definitely, definitely a good opponent. Well around it. So it should definitely be a good cat...

...for me. For sure. It's going 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 his own thing right as yet. I'm I'm still kind of getting up to date on it. Yeah, yeah, I'm kind of confused on I don't know if they're showing the whole card on the zone or not, but I feel like they kind of I feel like they are. I'm not a hundred percent positis, so don't take my word on that. Yeah, and so what can we expect to see from you February sixteen? You know, just being well 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, but you know, I'm just going to going to take this one easy and in just impose my will, put them in back box the rest of the show. Yeah, definitely. How do you feel that all these like Connecticut fighters are getting big opportunities to shine now? Now they're I know, three people that you trained with her. Two other people that you train with her get on the belt cards of my kimball and Jesse great man. Really, the funny thing about it is, you know, as of late I've everything a lot of 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 by these top organizations. You know, got the wellknown guys and UFC I got my both both friends, blower check there and Carl Robinson, are fighting each other. You know. I mean I'm hoping for a great, great fight between 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 getting to the top level. So it's real things. Things are on the ride, especially for New England, MMA and...

...and just you know, my my circle, people that I deal with, are definitely rise. And so, for sure, I just keep on seeing it all over and just like this is crazy, because it's like all around around us and everyone's doing big things and it's awesome. Yeah, and you're ready for some fun questions? Yeah, now, so what are your goals for two thousand and nineteen? Two Thousand and nineteen first goal is to have a healthy baby. congrats on that, by the way. Yeah, I have a healthy, big baby with a big for you know, I have a finally be the married to my wonderful piante and to you know, I make make more money. I guess this is undefeated this year. Yeah, for sure gets some wind. Be Getting New Prost I'll take it. What is what do you like to do in your free time when you're not training or working, to do stuff around the house? You build some building things. I got my back to kind of like a whip shop, just like to try to build furniture. I haven't really made anything substantial as of yet, but I got some some plans in my 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 building things. For sure. have at this scenario question. If you were to create an APP, what kind of APP would be dy creating? Making you think here, well, I would make an APP or just with pregnant? Yeah, it a way to where you...

...be able to scan a scan of bar code and it would tell you every this product is all right for a baby. Well, right for a pregnant lady, because they don't have really have that. I don't think I'll make her. It's extremely easier. All right, there you go. And what about what's on your music playlist right now? Did I have archie were ready? It's a dance song, and then I have some Ti Jacole, Kendrick Lamar and some big crip in there. All right. And last one. What's the biggest difference from LIVING DOWN SOUTH TO UP NORTH? Now, I would say politeness. Yeah, I could 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 want to shout out any anybody and stuff like that, Daddy, they can find me on Instagram at Fort Sumter MMA, as well as twitter with the same handle, 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 game management, Nick Nol, Fighting Art Academy, Watching Wag pay rooming foundation supplement and Redwood Coast Cbd Water All R. I appreciate you coming on in. Good luck. February sixteen. Think.

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