On June 15, CES MMA will celebrate a milestone in the promotion’s history with CES MMA 50. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet an Eastern cannon looking to demolish the opposition. A professional since April 2016 and representing Fighting Arts CT under head coach Nick Newell, Justin Sumter owns a 6-1 record in seven career bouts consisting of two decisions, three submissions and one knockout. Sumter is currently 3-0 under the CES MMA banner.
At Cage Titans 30, he knocked out Sean Evans in the first round. Then in his CES MMA debut at CES MMA, 43 Sumter defeated Abe Pitrowski. In his next appearance with CES MMA, he defeated Brian Sparrow via unanimous decision at CES MMA 44. At CES MMA 46, Sumter submitted Shedrick Goodridge via rear naked choke in the first round. He defeated Roger Carroll in the co-main event of 864 Fighting Championship via unanimous decision. For his next outing with CES MMA at CES MMA 50 on June 15, Sumter will face three-time UFC veteran Ron Stallings in a middleweight affair. Good luck Justin!
Interview with Justin Sumter by Myles Painter of MMA UK –
You are scheduled to take on Ron Stallings at CES MMA 50 on June 15, what do you know about your opponent and how do you envision the fight playing out?
I know he is a well-rounded fighter with good standup and a good ground game. I see the fight going the distance. I am going take my time and dominate from beginning to the end of the fight. If the finish materializes then I will take it.
What attracted you to Mixed Martial Arts?
What attracted me to MMA was the competitive aspect. Growing up doing a lot of sports I kind of pushed myself to compete as hard as I could whenever I could. When I found MMA I kind of lit up and was immediately entrenched in everything from Jujitsu to kickboxing. I already wrestled in high school so this was kind of a step up in that and I just ran with it. I had my first fight within training of three months and I was hooked.
Your nickname is ‘’The Fort’’, how did you earn it?
Well, originally my name was “The Machine”. I kind of made that name up for myself, but my friends down south in Georgia they are like hey man you need to be “The Fort”. Because my last name is Sumter and Fort Sumter was a crucial part of the Civil War they only found it fitting to give me that name. When I had my first pro fight I decided to change my name to “The Fort” and it’s been really good.
In your spare time, what hobbies do you have to take your mind off when you are not training?
In my spare time, I like to play video games, work outside, and build stuff. I have a wood shop in my backyard that I’ve been tinkering with and building stuff.
What is your dream MMA venue to compete in and why?
My dream venue would have to be the Bridgeport Arena. I have a lot of fans that have not been able to see me because I’ve been fighting out of state and Bridgeport arena is kind of in the middle of the Connecticut area that I live in. All my friends can come and watch me and I think that’s very important to all my friends to come see.