After back-to-back, first-round stoppages, Regina’s Adam Wayne talks with Pro MMA Now before he fights Kelowna’s Cleveland Bentley for Saturday Night Fights gold at Saturday Night Fights 12 on November 12 in Regina, Saskatchewan.
How did you find MMA to begin with?
It started off with jiu-jitsu. One of my friends from school asked me to come one day to try it out. I did, and I haven’t looked back since. It began with jiu-jitsu, then slowly progressed to mixed martial arts.
What were your first impressions of the sport?
I liked it. It was a good escape. I’m not even sure if I can remember those early days, since they were so long ago, but it’s always been something that I’ve been excited about. I didn’t think I’d make it this far, now that I look back, but I remember always looking forward to it.
Why have you been so successful as a mixed martial artist?
I think it’s because I put the work in, day in and day out. If you talk with any of my friends, I’m M.I.A., during fight camp, and that’s usually eight or 10 weeks out. I’m surrounded by good people — some gyms, good mentors and good training partners. There have been a few different factors in my success, but giving my best effort is definitely one of them.
How are you feeling going into this upcoming fight?
I’m feeling good. I’m feeling and training like I did during my past two fights. Everything’s coming together and going smooth.
Where does a win on November 12 put you in your career?
I’m at the early stages of my professional career, so a win is going to help me. But I don’t expect a call from the UFC after November 12, but a win is definitely going to help push me in the right direction. This next guy is just in the way of me getting to where I want to be.