MMA Blaster Exclusive on TJ O'Brien
(T.J. O'Brien pictured throwing punches)
MCC Featherweight Champ T.J. O'Brien will be defending his title against veteran fighter Chris Mickle at MCC 18: O'Brien v. Mickle. T.J. is an up and coming 145 pound fighter that has some serious submission skills. At 6'2" he usually has a size advantage over most 145 pounders. MCC 18 takes place on Friday, January 16th at the Val Air Ballroom in West Des Moines, Iowa.
MMA Blaster: How did your last fight go against Will Shutt? Did fighting him for the second time pose any problems?
T.J. O'Brien: The fight with Shutt went a little longer than I planned. I took the fight on a couple weeks notice so I wasn't at my best. I still got the win early in the 2nd round.
MMA Blaster: How has your training been going? Who are you working out with now?
T.J. O'Brien: Training has been going great. I've been moving around from gym to gym and have been taking private jiu jitsu lessons with some great teachers.
MMA Blaster: Does your training change at all as it gets colder outside?
T.J. O'Brien: Since it has got colder outside my training has changed quite a bit. I love working outside with tires, car pushes, sprints and stuff like that.
MMA Blaster: Sherdog. com has you in a 6 way tie for fourth with 7 triangle choke wins in mma history, what's it about that particular submission that fits your game?
T.J. O'Brien: The triangle fits my game because of my long legs and flexibility. I also use the move for offense, most people just use it as a defensive move.
MMA Blaster: You next fight Chris Mickle on January 16th, what do you know about him? Will that fight be for the 145 pound title?
T.J. O'Brien: I am defending my belt against Chris Mickle. It should be the toughest fight I have had so far. He has good submissions and has fought a hand full of UFC veterans.
MMA Blaster: How has fighting for MCC been?
T.J. O'Brien: The MCC organization has treated me great and I've fought for them a lot. I still would like to get some traveling in so I can get a chance at some other fighters.
MMA Blaster: Are you looking for sponsors? If so, how do they contact you?
T.J. O'Brien: Yes, I am. Sponsors can contact my manager Shaun McDermott. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
*Veteran Mike Van Meer will also be fighting on this card.
*Check out midwestcagechampionship.com for ticket information.