Cage Warriors 82 standout Johan Romming spoke with MMA UK after his impressive win over Leeroy Barnes.
He speaks about his career so far, where he’s at now and what the future has in store for him.
MMAUK: Hi Johan, thank you for taking the time to speak with us today. How are you?
I’m feeling very good right now, thank you.
MMAUK: Since your spectacular knockout victory at Cage Warriors 82 over a tough opponent in Leeroy Barnes, have you noticed any extra attention coming your way?
Yes, of course. There is always more attention on you after an exciting win, but it’s OK, I’m always focussed on my goal and nothing else.
MMAUK: Your last fight before CW82 was way back in 2014. Was there any particular reason for this or were you just taking a break from the sport?
You are correct, more than two and a half years ago, waaaay too long!! It was just because I was living in Montreal. It’s more difficult to have a fight in Canada compared to the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, I just did not have any propositions to fight.
MMAUK: You performed brilliantly and got the 1st round finish, but in the lead up to the fight were you any way nervous about the time off having an impact on your performance?
Yes, because I didn’t have a fight since more than two years ago, it was difficult managing the pressure. But I was just focussed on my goal. I knew if I repeat what I have done in my training camp at the MMA Factory in Paris, I would come out with a victory.
MMAUK: I hope it’s okay to say, but you’re kind of a veteran now! You’re first pro fight was over eight years ago! How did you first get into MMA and who were your inspirations?
Hahaha, a veteran! Yes, it’s no problem to say that. MMA is my passion and I feel that now I am stronger and smarter than I have ever been before. Hehe, My inspiration? Hmmmh, nobody!. I just began MMA because I wanted to practice boxing and my coach Fernand Lopez said to me: come to try it, it’s similar to boxing, you’ll like it.. I tried it, loved it and started to improve quickly.
MMAUK: You mentioned after the fight that you’re looking to get back into competition as soon as possible. Do you have any particular date or opponent in mind?
No, no one in particular. I just want to fight again, and again. I don’t want to wait a long time. I’m ready now! But I would like only good propositions!
MMAUK: Well, thanks again for your time Johan. Congratulations on the victory and I look forward to speaking with you again before your next fight!
No problem, Thank guys!